Labor Day in the city means a welcome oasis of peace, quiet, and, serenity. With the boroughs as a wide open playground, there’s plenty to do throughout the holiday weekend — so kick back, relax, and let your Attaché lead the way.
Saturday, September 5th | 8:30pm
Enjoy four Charlie Chaplin shorts from 1917: The Adventurer, The Cure, Easy Street and The Immigrant, presented with live piano score by Liz Magnes.
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
Monday, September 7th | 11am-3pm
Hop aboard the ferry to Governors Island, where CMA will be hosting free family art workshops led by in-house teaching artists all summer long. This season's activities will be inspired by the island itself, with projects showing the importance of nature and parks. Get ready to track down natural and recyclable materials, add to installations, and interact with the environment.
September 5th-6th | 12pm-5pm
Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey, and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills while members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding with a live soundtrack by DJ Sky.
Sunday, September 6th | 1:00pm-6pm
The Upper West Side gets countrified with carnival rides, games, music, square dancing, sideshow acts, a petting zoo, and of course, a Greenmarket. In the Green Acre environmental corner, young fairgoers get hands-on in eco-friendly living and animal care. Stay tuned for news of headliners on the mainstage this year.
Riverside Park South
Hudson River at West 70th Street
Monday, September 7th | 11am
This Caribbean celebration, known for lively music and lots of skin, is never short on costumed stilt dancers, floats blaring soca and calypso music, and plenty of flags from countries such as Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Look for vendors stationed along Eastern Parkway selling island eats like jerk chicken, curry goat and oxtail, to name a few.
Grand Army Plaza (enter at Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West)
Sunday, September 6th | 1pm-5pm
For this aptly named program, the Hudson River Park Trust runs beginner lessons in multiple locations throughout the summer. Kids can learn the rod-and-reel basics and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local waters, all with an emphasis on river ecology and education. Equipment for up to 25 participants is provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the drop-in sessions.
North Moore Street, Tribeca
Labor Day weekend | 10am-6pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park provides a great way to beat the summer heat with the Pop-Up Pool. The pool is 30 by 50 feet in size, and maxes out at an easy 3.5 feet deep—making it just right for families with smaller children. Swimmers of all ages and levels are welcome to enter daily from 10 am to 6 pm for 45-minute sessions.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday, September 5th | 11am-3pm
Whether we remember fantastic moments from our sleep, or imagine our amazing futures, dreams are an important part of who we are. Join Art Start as they lead the crowd in illustrating dreams on pillowcases -- a perfect family activity, if we do say so ourselves.
206 Front Street
"Fata Morgana" by New York-based artist Teresita Fernández is the park’s largest and most ambitious outdoor sculpture to date. The structure consists of 500 running feet of golden, mirror-polished discs that create canopies above the pathways around the Park’s central Oval Lawn. Definitely worth a gander -- followed by lunch at Shake Shack, of course. Might we also recommend a
Madison Square Park
23rd-26th Streets between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Sunday, September 6th | 12pm
Each summer, the Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. This year's Family Performance Festival is full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, outdoor adventures, puppetry, and more. Programs run near the most natural playground, the Great Hill (located inside the park near West 106th Street). Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and get ready to discover Central Park in a whole new way.
Central Park West between 103rd and 106th Streets
FORT TILDEN BEACH
169th Street at the Atlantic Ocean, Queens
NYC’s best-kept secret three-mile stretch of clean sand, trees, and grassy dunes is so isolated that even on a summer weekend, beachgoers get a good 50 yards of beach to themselves.
Open daily dawn to dusk; no lifeguards | free of charge
JACOB RIIS PARK BEACH
Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach Channel Drive, Queens
Feel the need to escape the city scene? Venture out to this sandy spot, a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.
Open daily 9am–5pm; lifeguards on duty 10am–6pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend | free of charge
1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, Long Island
Jones Beach is among New York State’s biggest and baddest with 6.5 miles of sand, two swimming pools, a two-mile boardwalk, minigolf, and the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center.
Free of charge
11561 Broadway between Maple and Nevada Streets, Long Beach, Long Island
Five miles of pristine sand? Yes, please. The City by the Sea was once a popular resort destination for New Yorkers during the turn of the 20th century, and its brand-new boardwalk adjacent to the beach is perfect for in-line skating before diving into the Atlantic.