How to Plan the Perfect Labor Day Weekend in NYC

Celebrate Labor Day in the city where it was founded. Since a New York labor union first established the holiday in 1882, it has become a welcome break for New Yorkers — and a way to celebrate the unofficial end of the summer season. Here’s how to have the perfect Labor Day in NYC.

See the U.S. Open like a New Yorker.

Take a swing at seeing the U.S. Open like a New Yorker. The top tennis champions return every summer to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Head there from Monday, August 26 – Sunday, September 8, 2019 to see the top players in the world for yourself.

Take in the views from a rooftop bar.

Soak up the sun and enjoy some of the best cocktails (and views) in Manhattan. Go all the way to the top at Bar SixtyFive, atop Rockefeller Center — it’s the highest rooftop bar in all of New York, so the best views around are guaranteed. 

Catch the breeze on the NYC Ferry.

Skip the subway and join the locals on the NYC Ferry. It gets you where you’re going and gives you a chance to get out on the water. To explore Brooklyn and Queens from Manhattan, it’s the most relaxed and scenic way to get around.

Head to the beach.

You can also take the NYC Ferry to the beach at Jacob Riis Park in 57 breezy minutes. Cool off on the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy an entire day of good food and drinks. The Riis Park Beach Bazaar features an outpost of Ample Hills Creamery, one of the best spots for ice cream in NYC, as well as the Rockaway Clam Bar — run by a Red Hook Lobster Pound alum — where you can order fried shrimp, clam rolls, and more.

Ready to celebrate Labor Day in NYC?

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