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.
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
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
4. US Open
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