Real estate prices are always high in New York, but competition for space is even more apparent when you find yourself fighting for land on the lawns of our lovely parks during the summer. If getting hit in the head with someone’s poorly thrown Frisbee while picnicking in Central Park makes you cringe, head to Governors Island, where the 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic takes place this Sunday, June 27th. The glamorous daytime throw-back event is just a complimentary ferry ride away, which beats the train ride out to the coast, and boasts better views (both geographic and of the human variety). Last year, Madonna showed up, along with Prince Harry and LL Cool J. On top of the old la-ti-da of polo, the event strives to make the classic sport more accessible, which means there’ll be a few welcome changes for the attendees.
This year Prince Harry will compete against Nacho Figueras, the world-renowned polo player and the face of Ralph Lauren Polo, with all proceeds going to American Friends of Sentebale, a charity supporting at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa, founded by Prince Harry and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso.
Sounds fancy, but the newly implemented public seating section adjacent to the polo field is completely free, and makes the event something that everyone can experience. The polo grounds feature catering by Union Square Hospitality Group’s Blue Smoke, Citi Field’s own El Verano Taquería, and loads of Veuve Clicquot.
Unfortunately tickets to the picnic area sold out last week, but the public side is as good a place as any to show off your 1870/modern polo getup. There’s always the option to purchase a table (at $25,000), but the public side will be fully stocked with the aforementioned food and Veuve Clicquot, so you wont have to take out a loan this weekend The best way to get there is the complimentary ferry, which departs from the Battery Maritime Building located just east of the Staten Island Ferry in lower Manhattan and from the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn. Just say no to Coney Island.