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CULTURE VULTURE A SUPERIOR SUMMER IS AHEAD

Sunny days and long nights make for July and August to be the best months for New York and Long Island adventures. These months are filled with unique experiences and exclusive events to fill your social calendar, so whether you’re trying to catch a cool break Slip N’ Sliding in the middle of Manhattan or warming your heart with a good cause, this guide is your go-to for a superior summer. By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

DINE A hybrid of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, Taboon may be the first restaurant to make room for global ingredients. The word Taboon is the Arabic word for the arched oven used to bake the flatbread, set upon an artisan cutting board that you’ll enjoy when seated. Tall windows offer an ethereal, soothing feel that is emphasized by white curtains, white bricks, and white tables. The environment is both inviting and rustic with nods to both Mediterranean cultures and Middle Eastern traditions. We personally enjoyed the baked ricotta gnocchi with its dried porcini mushroom sauce, artichokes and Parmesan, served perfectly. Don’t forget to make a reservation here this summer to enjoy an overseas meal in our very own backyard. TaboonOnline.com

SWING As summer comes to an end,

CELEBRATE Brace yourself for the best fireworks display you’ve ever seen in the most VIP venue in New York City. On the 4th of July, the Empire State building will be closing off its 86th floor Observatory from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. for ticket holders only. With astonishing views, guests will be able to experience the return of the fireworks to the East River as part of this exclusive event. A DJ will also provide the music to the event and a TV screen will be set up for a simulcast of the fireworks display. Without a doubt, the Empire State Building will be gleaming red, white, and blue from July 3 through July 6, and really – what’s better than that?! EsbNYC.com

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we know that the US Open will be headed our way. From August 31 to September 13, we will be on the lookout for Roger Federer and Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. New Yorkers come out to not only enjoy a match on the court but to see the star-studded crowd and live musicians performing on the grounds. Tickets start at $85, up-front action starts at around $595, and a full VIP pass with amenities like a personal concierge start at $2,100. We hope to see you out in your white outfits and visors to be a part of this can’t-miss summer season tournament. USOpen.org

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