5 Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend in NYC
Labor Day Weekend is a special time for Americans, and especially New Yorkers. While Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend, marks the beginning of the summer, for New Yorkers like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine, Labor Day is celebrated marking an end to another summer in NYC. While it might be the last weekend to enjoy your summer, there is still always plenty of fun to be had. Staten Island native, Frank Camuso remembers years of endless Labor Day weekend enjoyment. From trips to the beach, barbeques with friends and family, to an outdoor show or a trip to a ballgame, Frank Camuso is planning to enjoy whatever summer is left, before the kids go back to school. So if you are in NYC to enjoy the culmination of one of the warmest and most humid summers to date – here are 5 of our favorite ways to say goodbye to the summer of 2018.
A Picnic in the Park
One of the best summer or spring activities in NYC has always been a picnic in the park. Whether you bring your significant other and make it a romantic afternoon, a group of friends to throw around the Frisbee, or choose to get some quality alone time with your favorite book – NYC has a number of amazing free parks to choose from.
o Central Park – The biggest park in NYC, includes an area known as the Ramble – 38 acres of pure wilderness within the heart of the busiest city on the world. Full of trails, hiking areas, rocks, and streams. Take a boat ride or get some shade under a tree.
o Brooklyn Bridge Park – A favorite of Frank Camuso and his family, Brooklyn Bridge Park has beautiful East River views and serene woodlands. Even includes ball fields, a 1920’s merry-go-round, skating rink and more. Offers a ferry to Governors Island nearby.
o Bryant Park – Tons of free entertainment, right behind the NY Public Library. Perfect spot for a picnic and an outdoor movie.
o Flushing Meadow Park – Located in Queens, home to the former World’s Fair and the iconic Unisphere – the giant steel globe made famous from that scene in Men In Black.
Take a Day Trip
NYC is close to a number of different day trip choices. Fire Island, Cape May, NJ; and the culture of Beacon, NY are all within a few hours of the city. Atlantic City, Montauk, are also popular nearby destinations.
E-Zoo is one of the biggest festivals in the country, held annually on Randall’s Island, it has become a Labor Day weekend mainstay. The 3 day event begins Friday and ends Sunday. Dance your heart out all weekend and use Labor Day to recover, sounds perfect. Might not be the family destination Frank Camuso and his wife Christine have in mind, but definitely a great spot for electronic music fans.
The US Open
Whether you’re a fan of tennis or not, the US Open definitely a must at least once in life for any New Yorker. Takes place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, it’s a fun experience of children and adults.
Labor Day/West-Indian Day Parade
Experience some of NYC’s most vibrant cultures on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Men and women dress up in colorful costumes, decked out with feathers, and stones, celebrating their Caribbean heritage. Party all the way down Eastern Parkway and try some island delicacies on your way.