5 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend In NYC!

Labor Day Weekend in NYC can be pretty dull and it feels like the entire city is desolate. Some people use this weekend as their last hurrah before the summer ends and they run to Long Island, New Jersey or The Hamptons or even Philly for the Made In America Festival. Most New Yorkers preplan and book their summer end travel to a nice island or even Miami, Florida. Well for those that are left in New York, here are a few ways to make your Labor Day Weekend in NYC not so boring.

1. Rooftops In NYC

If I were you, I would use this last opportunity to soak up the sun before the weather drastically changes. It’s already starting to feel like Fall if you haven’t noticed. But lets hold on to this last bit of sun and grab some friends and go for a drink. The Conrad Hotel is a perfect small rooftop where you can experience their cool drinks at Loopy Doopy. The Dream hotel and the Gansevoort Hotel located in the Meatpacking/Chelsea area are classy and perfect for the slightly bourgeois individual. Also in Manhattan is 230 Fifth Rooftop which is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. They have an indoor part and a heated outdoor part that directly faces the Empire State Building. Speaking of the Empire State, the Empire Hotel also has a really nice rooftop that you definitely want to experience before the summer subsides. For partying, dancing and fun, I suggest Sky Room and 760 Rooftop which are both located in the heart of the city, Times Square. Lastly, Penthouse 808 is a great place to have an intimate dinner while gazing at the Queensboro Bridge and Z Roof Rooftop is a great place to go and just have some fun.

For a full list of NYC rooftops visit thrillist.com and timeout.com

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2. West Indian American Day Carnival Parade

Annually West Indians and Caribbean Americans celebrate our heritage on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. September 1st is a day filled with food, music, fun, celebrations and non stop dancing. The floats travel down the parkway, while dancers play mass in their beautiful costumes and celebratory dress. This to me is the biggest Labor Day festivity in New York City. For more details visit wiadcacarnival.org

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3. Electric Zoo Festival

Randall’s Island Park hosts the Electric Zoo Festival this weekend. It’s a celebration filled with friends, music and fun. I’ve never attended this event but it looks like wild fun. Have you been to Electric Zoo or do you plan on going? If so comment below with your experience or hashtag #simplypamarie to share on social media. For more information and tickets to this event visit electriczoofestival.com

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4. US Open

The US Open is already underway. You can celebrate this Labor Day weekend by attending one of their tennis matches. For tickets to these events visit ticketmaster.com

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5. Beach or Pool  

The best way to end the Summer is in a pool or on a beach. You can pretend to be on vacation by going to a beach like Long Beach, Jones Beach, Coney Island or Manhattan Beach. If I was you I would make the best out of this skeptical weather and have a party with your friends and family. If sand isn’t necessarily your thing then find a nice pool. McCarren Pool is open to the public until September 1st. There is also McCarren hotel that has a really cute pool that costs $55 for a day pass and $30 for an evening swim pass. This pool isn’t so public and is a great place to bring a few friends to relax and chill. For a list of free outdoor pools visit nycgovparks.org

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Find Out Why Founding Farmers Is #InstaFood Worthy!

As a food blogger, I follow a lot of different food pages on Instagram. One of my most influential go to foodstagram’s while in Washington, DC is @dcdining. I’ve been following them for a while and every time I saw a meal that made me drool it seemed to always be from a restaurant called Founding Farmers. So of course my recent trip to DC absolutely had to include visiting this “instafood” haven.

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Founding Farmers has a menu that includes everything that you can possibly crave from soft and sweet red velvet pancakes, chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, corn bread with kernels of corn and fresh burgers. I of course indulged in all of this and I have to say my favorite was the cornbread and the red velvet pancakes. What also makes American inspired food so amazing is that the restaurant is owned by family farmers. This means their food is fresh and healthy, the perfect two in one combination.

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Another great asset about Founding Farmers is they have a huge bar and also cozy private tables. Both options are intimate and comfortable for brunch with friends, lunch with family and dinner with your “boo.” Their upstairs dining area has a nice view of the DC streets and also provides a relaxed intimate dining experience. If you’re interested in an all in one packaged dining experience visit Founding Farmers.

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Please Note: Due to popularity there is normally a wait, especially for brunch on the weekends.

Location: Founding Farmers Various Locations

Type of Food: Fresh American food

Ambiance: Relaxed and Comfortable

Stars (Out of 5):****

That’s All Folks!

Movie: Gravity

What: Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

Where: 1001 Boardwalk West New York 11224

When: August 25, 2014 at  7:30pm

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Movie: The Only Real Game

What: Front Row Cinema

Where: South Street Seaport

When: August 25, 2014  at  8pm

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Movie: Frozen

What: Front Row Cinema

Where: South Street Seaport

When: August 27, 2014  at  8pm

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Movie: Public Vote (Click to vote)

What: SyFy Movies With a View

Where: Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge

When: August 28, 2014  at  sundown

Who: Ariana Grande

What: Today Show Toyota Concert Series

Where: Rockefeller Plaza

When: August 29, 2014 from 7am- 9am (I suggest you arrive as early as possible, 6am)

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Who: Brad Paisley

What: GMA Summer Concert Series

Where: Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, Enter via the 72nd st. and 5th ave entrance

When: August 29, 2014 from 7am- 9am (I suggest you arrive as early as possible, 6am)

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Who: Thompson Square

What: Fox News All American Summer Concert Series

Where: 1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 (48th St. and 6th ave)

When: August 29, 2014 from 6am- 9am (I suggest you arrive as early as possible, 5am)

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