Celebrating Labor Day Weekend In NYC

Labor Day Weekend kicks off the ninth month of the year with a long weekend from August 30th through September 2nd! Don’t stress if you haven’t made plans to leave town yet, as there’ss plenty to keep you busy right in the heart of the city–so much, in fact, that sorting through it all can feel like a full time job in and of itself! Instead, we took the guesswork out of it and show you below how NYC is celebrating on this well-deserved day off of work.

A couple sitting on the grass in central park

If You Love Picnics

What’s Labor Day without a picnic? Westside and Upper East Side Glenwood residents have the ultimate picnic spot right in their own “backyard” – Central Park! And while barbecuing is not allowed in Central Park during most of the year, there are 3 days when it IS allowed – and Labor Day is one of them! There are restrictions (check out the Central Park website for more information), so please check out the rules in advance.

Of course, you don’t have to barbecue… take whatever your favorite picnic foods are, a blanket to spread out and sit on, and you’re in business. Don’t feel like preparing all of that food in advance? You can order your picnic from the Park’s Department, and either pick it up at their Bike Shop on West 80th, or they can even arrange to deliver it to you in the park. How’s that for convenience?

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If You Love Music

Poster for Electric Zoo Festival
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For the last decade, New York City has been home to the biggest Electric dance music festival every single Labor Day Weekend! The Festival, dubbed Electric Zoo, takes place somewhere in one of the five boroughs (constantly changing for variety’s sake.) The festival is essentially three entire days dedicated to dance music and lots of (you guessed it!) dancing. This year, the festival will be taking place from Friday August to Sunday September 1st at Randall’s Island Park…just a quick walk over a bridge from the Upper East Side, right near the Glenwood building Hampton Court. Tickets for the event start at $99.99, and are available on their website.

If You Love Boats

Docked sailboat with a bar that people are drinking at.

What’s the end of summer if not spent on a boat?! Head on over to the Hudson River to Pier 25 (so close to residents living at Tribeca Bridge Tower.) You’ll find a historic boat called Grand Banks, where you can watch the summer sunset while eating your share of oysters and all other forms of seafood with your cracking cold drink of choice. A pretty remarkable way to say ciao to summer in the city!


If You Love Sports

US open tennis stadium during a day match

Labor Day weekend is home to the annual US Open! If you’re a sports fan, this legendary event is not one to be missed. Not only will you get a chance to see the tennis pros up close and personal, but you can truly make a day out of it by hitting up one of the many restaurants, cafes, and ice cream spots onsite. Although the event takes place in Queens, it’s a must-attend event for Glenwood residents who are tennis fans, and it’s an easy taxi or Uber ride from your apartment, or a straight shot over on the 7 train, which departs from the heart of NYC at 42nd Street. Definitely an event worth the commute! If this interests you, check out our post on attending the US Open this year by clicking here

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…And For Everything Else!

colorful ice-cream swirls in cones

Finally, take a peek at all the other great summer activities we’ve written about this season. From swanky luxury pools in NYC, to our guide to NYC water sports, to can’t miss rooftop restaurants and the best ice cream in NYC, these are all fabulous activities you’ll want to take full advantage of before the crisp air of autumn and first Pumpkin Spice Lattes appear.

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