Festivals, Horse Shows, and Parties, Oh My! The Hamptons, September 2nd & 3rd

From the Hampton Classic Horse Show to the Westhampton Festival of the Arts, this Labor Day weekend will have you feeling like NY royalty. You'll be attending innovative art shows, free live music and parties of course to celebrate the last weekend of summer (sigh) in the Hamptons. Here are this weekend's top picks.

Friday September 2nd

Don’t miss out this Friday, September 2nd, on the Hampton Classic Horse Show. With a bit of a delayed opening (oh Irene!), the show begins Wednesday August 31st and continues to Sunday September 4th. No worries though, the classes from the 8-day schedule have been rescheduled for the now 5-day show. There will be 40 boutiques at the show so go get your shop on. For tickets go to www.hamptonclassic.com

Try Something New: Alternative Fun in NYC

High Line Rink- The High Line

In the end-of-summer heat, you might be reminiscing on that romantic winter night, ice skating at Rockefeller Center and wishing for the hip, young version of it. Well, move over Rockefeller, newly opened High Line Rink revamps the skating scene and although its not ice skating, it’s still a great place to bring friends or a date. Urban in nature, the rink is ringed by trendy lit traffic barricades which gives it a high-energy NYC vibe. If you’re hungry, the rink is conveniently located next to the Lot On Tap which houses some of the best truck food in the city. Admission (plus skates) is $12 for adults and $10 for children. Rental protective pads and skatemates are available. Also available for purchase are helmets and socks.

Labor Day Perfection at XS Nightclub

Join chic hotspot XS Nightclub at Encore this Labor Day weekend for an out of this world party filled to the brim with celebs and glitterati. Located at the center of all Las Vegas nightlife, XS is ready to present a true end-of-summer bash. With a superstar lineup and sets by Skrillex, you are bound to have an unforgettable time. Stars like will.i.am, Steve Angello, and Afrojack will be performing throughout the weekend.

The party begins this Friday September 2nd with XS debut of Dutch DJ, Sidney Samson, renowned electronic dance master, who has collaborated with artists like Katy Perry, Rihanna and Pitbull.

Comedians You Should Know

Co-producer, Joe Kilgallon, of hit showcase Comedians You Should Know, sits down across the virtual world of Skype to chat with Joonbug. Sarcastic, but down to earth, Kilgallon and his fellow comedians realized that they needed to revamp the comedy scene from boring to original in Chicago. This change formed a year and eight months ago into an independent showcase called 'Comedians You Should Know.' “The scene right now is all about originality. The biggest benefit is that people moved here, so it’s diverse. There’s no industry here, unlike NY and LA, and it makes you unafraid to do new things. In NY, there might be a Comedy Central scout so the comedians are sometimes scared to do something different.

MoMa PS1: Warm Up 2011

We’re sad to say it, but this Saturday, September 3rd, is the last Warm Up Party 2011. Hosted by MoMa PS1, this outdoor event was established 14 years ago to bring different sights and sounds, to transport you to another world. While innovative music plays in the background there are performances and installations scattered around the courtyard. For this last party, DJ Justin Miller is coming to partake in the end of the summer madness, so be ready to dance the day away.

For those of you architecture savants, this year’s featured installation is not to be missed. Experimental is the word in this year’s winner of MoMA PS1's 12th annual Young Architects Program, Holding Pattern, by Interboro Partners. Also on display for your viewing pleasure, is cinematic trendsetter Ryan Trecartin’s “Any Ever” series.

Our Favorite Hookah Bars in Manhattan

In a city that never sleeps, relaxation is key to keeping your sanity. Lucky for us, we have hookah bars. Recently, in complete NYC style, we have turned this ancient tradition of lazing for hours in cushioned dens into an ultra chic trend. And who could blame us? Lounging around on comfy cushions for hours unwinding, while chatting with friends, makes for an incredible night. These hookah hits are bound to get you buzzing.

This Has Gotta Be the Good Life: The Hamptons, August 26th & 27th

From trunk shows to concerts, there will never be a dull moment this weekend in the happening Hamptons. And the best part? Most of these are charity events, so not only will you be having a blast shopping, dancing, and attending concerts, you'll also be helping a cause. Here our are top picks for this weekend.

Friday August 26th

Dallas Productions has brought 25 dealers together, from both the U.S. and Europe to Bridgehampton for a weekend of antiquing and design. The fair will have an extensive range of unique antiques, jewelry and decorative home accents. From Asian to Mid-Century Modern, these top-notch dealers will cater to your every style need. Admission is $5

Brooklyn's Finest: Best Specialty Drink Bars in BK

It may seem impossible to compare the chic undercurrent of Manhattan to its sister borough Brooklyn, but these cocktail hotspots will have you reconsidering. From innovative to glam, BK’s got your new drink and the atmosphere to go with it.

5. Huckleberry Bar 588 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York 11206

- Clean lines and espresso wood combine to create Huckleberry Bar, a refreshingly modern lounge in an area of speakeasies. While the vibe drips of sleek sophistication, this East Williamsburg gem is far from the stiff, sometimes off-putting, arrogance of your usual Manhattan bar. But that does not mean their cocktails aren’t just as stiff, or pricey. Cocktails start at $10 but don’t worry, they are well worth it. For a burst of citrus try the James Grainger- yellow chartreuse and Aquavit infused with fresh lemon and homemade rhubarb syrup. For those of you on the experimental side, try the Plant's Physician- Corralejo Reposado tequila blended with homemade chamomile syrup, fresh lemon juice and Brut prosecco. With a dance area, booths, a wrap-around bar, and outdoor patio, Huckleberry Bar has got your nightlife style covered. Go on Monday for movie night to enjoy a low-key, classic night, or on the weekends when it turns into a semi-club scene.

Brooklyn Bowl

Located in Williamsburg, amidst warehouses, is Brooklyn Bowl. This hidden gem is ready and waiting to wow you. To the unsuspecting eye, Brooklyn Bowl looks like a normal bowling alley, but past the plain red brick exterior, a surprise awaits. Once those doors open, you can rest assured that you have now entered into a different world. Industrial style tables and black leather chairs accent the room to give a distinct New York vibe. Carnival clowns and disco balls fill the interior to keep the mood light and funky. Themed after a posh NYC nightclub, this bowling alley features a concert stage for live bands, a full bar and a dance floor. Who knew that just minutes from Manhattan, you could find a place where bowling and dancing are not only acceptable, they are expected?