(8/30-9/2) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC this Labor Day Weekend, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. We're excited for the US Open, cruises, a Brazilian Day Festival, and more!
THE BIG EVENT
(Now-9/8) Tennis Anyone? See the 2019 US Open in NYC. The US Open, one of the world’s highest-attended annual sporting events, is renowned for providing its fans with an unparalleled experience. Equal parts sport and spectacle, the US Open combines world-class tennis with world-class shopping, dining, and celebrity-watching—all to the delight of a global fan base. Its grounds, which have twice hosted World’s Fairs, now annually host the world, as fans from all corners of the globe flock to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing to be part of the US Open experience. More than just a sporting event, the US Open is now a bona fide New York social happening. Main-draw play began on Monday, August 26 and runs through September 8. The matches are easily reached by subway; some 700,000 fans attend the U.S. Open every year. Tickets for the biggest matches can be scarce, but with tennis of this caliber, even a warm-up rally on a side court can be thrilling. Just getting onto the grounds is exciting, and you’ll find a full range of food to keep your energy from flagging. usopen.org
(Through-9/3) Labor Day weekend is a great time to visit the legendary aircraft carrier that’s now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Founded in 1982, the museum takes visitors on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. The museum includes 27 restored aircraft and the world’s first space shuttle, Enterprise. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, don’t miss the special exhibition Apollo 11: Media, the Moon and Beyond. An imaginative installation projects archived news media on vintage televisions, as well as making connections to the dreams of tomorrow (through September 3rd).
(8/29-8/31) Shoebox Museum: Icons and Innovators in Sneaker Packaging is a special exhibition exploring an often overlooked aspect of the sneakerhead experience: the shoebox. Head to the Lower East Side for this pop-up, the first show of its kind, which displays the world’s most iconic packaging, recognizing the brands, artists, and collaborations that have shaped consumer experiences for decades. Featured brands include Jordan, Nike, CNCPTS, Adidas, Vans, and more. Co-curated by Matt Halfhill, sneaker industry expert and founder of NiceKicks.com, the Shoebox Museum is a unique, immersive exhibition that’s sure to delight seasoned sneakerheads and novices alike. Open 10am-7pm daily. Admission is free. Facebook event page HERE.
(Ongoing) Head to Luna Park in Coney Island to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Parachute Jump. Luna Park, the city’s largest amusement destination, boasts over 20 rides, including the iconic 92-year-old Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, an interactive arcade, and a variety of beachside dining options. This Labor Day Weekend, Luna Park will be celebrating 80 years of the Parachute Jump—a perfect place to say goodbye to summer with thrills for the entire family.
(9/1-9/2, 9/7-9/8) Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area's many schools and professionals such as interior designers. wsoae.org
(9/1) The annual Brazilian Day Festival returns to Manhattan's Little Brazil (around 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.) Load up on tasty food and enjoy music, vendors, and more. brazilianday.com
(9/2) For a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture, you can't do any better than the annual West Indian–American Day Carnival. Some two million people will come out to Brooklyn for a Labor Day parade that winds along Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. Related events (performances and a kids' carnival) take place on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Look for festive costumes, and island music and bites. wiadcacarnival.org
(Ongoing) Kids heading back to school? Use City Guide's coupon booklet for The Mills at Jersey Gardens this Labor Day Weekend and save!
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
Terry O'Neill (British, born 1938). Raquel Welch in a Pierre Cardin outfit featuring a miniskirt and necklace in blue vinyl, worn with a Plexiglas visor, 1970. Image courtesy of Iconic Images. © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images.
(Through 1/5/20) Experience the past, present, and future of fashion all at once at the Brooklyn Museum this summer. Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion celebrates the French designer who embodied the Space Age and futuristic concepts in his designs. A living legend at 97, this is the first retrospective of Cardin’s work hosted in New York for 40 years. It holds over 170 objects, dynamically displayed, collected from the Pierre Cardin archive, including recent work that feels every bit as vital as Cardin’s historic designs. The show also shows how Cardin designed outside the realm of fashion, crafting “couture furniture,” lighting, and even cars. Don’t miss the fashion that literally lights up, arranged in the exhibit’s back room. brooklynmuseum.org
For the duration of the exhibition, house restaurant The Norm has been rebranded as Maxim's at The Norm.
(8/30) 1 Cent Days at The Whitney Museum. It's Pay-What-You-Wish at the Whitney on Fridays from 7-10p (even $0.01!).
Pieces from Shepard Fairey's Obey Giant series, part of his 30th anniversary collection. Photo: Dan Bradica, courtesy of Beyond the Streets.
(Now-9/29) Just extended! Beyond the Streets at the space Twenty Five Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn celebrates some of the biggest names in graffiti, including work from NYC legends Tats Cru, Lady Pink, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as Shepard Fairey, Invader, Brooklyn duo FAILE, artifacts from NYC's beloved Beastie Boys, street photographer Martha Cooper, and much more. Get tickets at beyondthestreets.com.
(Now-1/3/20) The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, explores the legacy of history’s deadliest mass murder site. More than 700 original objects and 400 photographs are on display, many for the first time in North America. Among the artifacts: personal possessions, fragments of a barrack, a gas mask used by the SS, and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland. 36 Battery Pl. (1st Pl.), 646-437-4202,;mjhnyc.org
(Now-10/1) When you see the sheer volume (some 130) of mind-blowing instruments that have been played by a broad cross-section of iconic musicians, all tucked into one space, you’ll understand why the sprawling Metropolitan Museum of Art is the appropriate place for the new show, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll. It’s the first time a music exhibit of this magnitude has been presented, with guitars alone including the white Fender that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, Prince’s 1993 “Love Symbol” guitar, and one of Pete Townshend’s smashed Gibsons encased in Lucite.
(Ongoing) You can experience the world of history’s most famous spy at Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE, a new exhibition inside New York’s spy museum, SPYSCAPE. This immersive exhibition brings you into the Bond universe with sets, props, and insights about the creation of the ageless secret agent. Among the highlights: an Aston Martin DB5, the lab of Quartermaster (or Q), M16’s gadget master, concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adams, and an exploration of 2012 Bond film Skyfall’s unforgettable final scene.
(8/30-9/1) Rob Stapleton at Carolines.
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Calling all unicycle enthusiasts! The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together riders from all walks. This free, fun festival spans Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Governors Island. There will be races, exhibitions, workshops, and a variety of unicycle sports, including basketball, hockey, and sumo. nycunifest.com
(9/1) Summer on the Hudson 27th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race. Catch the annual Working Harbor Committee Tugboat Race, which includes a Parade of Tugs visible from Pier I on the Upper West Side. (You can listen to radio broadcasts from those on board, 11am-12:30pm.)
(Now-11/3) Kids of all ages will want to check out the new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari. It's the biggest, most realistic dinosaur safari ride in America. Travel back in time on a guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and descendent animals of the present. The experience will take riders through 2 acres of woods, in which they will meet animatronic dinosaurs, including two 40-foot-long T. rexes, a 60-foot-long herbivore called Omeisaurus, and the Spinosaurus, one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs to ever exist. For even more kids activities, and to learn more about the brand new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari, check out our sister site nymetroparents.com!
(Now-9/8) Above & Beyond: The Ultimate Flight Exhibition at The New York Hall of Science. NYSCI’s summer exhibition uses flight simulation, augmented reality, touch tables, design and skill challenges, virtual reality, and more to immerse visitors in the wonders of flight.
(Now-Nov. 30) Just extended! Color Factory, a massive interactive art space, began in August 2017 in San Francisco. Wildly popular, the project has set up shop in SoHo and is sure to inspire lines as long as the cronut did at nearby Dominique Ansel Bakery. Designed by a wide spectrum of artists, Color Factory walks visitors through 16 rooms devoted to the wonder of color. You’re invited to compliment someone using color words, discover your signature color, and read wishes for the world written by NYC school children on varicolored balloons. Each room is equipped with a camera that can take a picture of you and send it to your phone: the better to post with! 251 Spring St., firstname.lastname@example.org,colorfactory.co, @colorfactoryco
(Ongoing) “Here Be Dragons,” a new interactive scavenger hunt in the American Museum of Natural History offered by Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures, draws from the menageries of creatures in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald. Participants will explore galleries throughout the museum as they answer questions, solve clues, engage in creative activities, and track down the origins of some of the creatures from both the Fantastic Beasts stories as well as other classic myths and tales. Grab your nifflers and join! Advance registration required. fableandlark.com
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Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock.
(8/30-9/2) End the summer with Spirit of New York Labor Day Weekend Lunch and Dinner Cruises, departing from New York or New Jersey. Enjoy a freshly prepared buffet, dance to a DJ's selections, and see amazing views of the New York skyline. For beverages you'll ind unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water, in addition to a well-stocked cash bar.
(Ongoing) Feelin' the need for speed? The BEAST Speedboat Ride is back! Zoom past the Statue of Liberty at a heart-racing 45 mph!
(New!) Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway. Take a magical journey starting with a cocktail at the Broadway Bar, and then traveling through a kaleidoscope of your favorite musicals. Enter the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, and Cats. You can sing “Memory” with Grizabella the “Glamour Cat” and wear the Dreamcoat yourself as you become a Broadway star. The Phantom of the Opera will also guide you through this dazzling backstage experience, and perhaps do a little singing himself along the way. Live actors will be on hand to enhance the rush both on- and offstage.
(Ongoing) Get the full stadium experience with Yankee Stadium Tours, which offers exclusive access to New York Yankee historic spots like Monument Park, The Great Hall, and even down to the dugout. The daily tours also bring you close to baseball artifacts like Babe Ruth’s bat, Lou Gehrig’s jersey, and rings and trophies representing the Yankees’ 27 world championships.
(Ongoing) For more than 70 years, Circle Line has been showing visitors the city, including the only cruise that goes all the way around Manhattan: Circle Line’s Best of NYC Cruise. One trip will show off five boroughs, three rivers, and more than 20 bridges on the way to 101 New York City sights. State-of-the-art Empire Class ships have recently launched, providing quieter rides, better sound for the personable onboard guides, bigger windows, improved climate control, and more outdoor deck space. (For dining and entertainment, take a ride on Hudson’s, a three-story “floating rooftop” that’s a Circle Line sibling.)
Immerse yourself in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, where Humboldt squid fight to the death and 50-foot whales ride overhead. Play with virtual sea lions, navigate a kelp maze, and more at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey! Here's a $10 off coupon!
(Ongoing) Part show. Part tour. All entertainment. THE RIDE is a one-of-a-kind experience that turns the streets of New York into a stage. Journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan as the city’s landmarks unfold before your very eyes. THE RIDE’s theatres-on-wheels also tour lower Manhattan, with THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE, which lets visitors re-live iconic moments in New York history through the magic of TimeLooper Virtual Reality Headsets. Use our coupon and save $10 off!
FOOD, MUSIC, AND NIGHTLIFE
(8/29-9/2) Celebrate Brooklyn's global influence in music and promote social justice at Brooklyn Music Week. Look for live performances, art and fashion exhibitions, panel guests, themed parties, and more. brooklynmusicweek.com
(8/31-9/1) Clinton Hall's BBQ and Beer Festival in Williamsburg's Clinton Hall. End the summer the right way with BBQ deliciousness, a myriad of ice cold craft brews, and rooftop views on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st from 1-3pm. The rooftop-only event includes 2 hours of unlimited BBQ, hot dogs, and cheeseburgers, as well as 2 hours of unlimited house rosé and select draft beers. There's also access to Life-Size Jenga, Connect Four, crossword puzzles, Uno, and more. Tickets are $59 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ldw-bbq-craft-beer-rooftop-festival-tickets-70319881659.
(9/1) End of Summer (Sales) Specials. Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can check out Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive! This Sunday in addition to exploring 150+ local artisans and designers, you’ll find the End of Summer (Sales) Specials event. Come snatch up a solid wooden table, original artwork, rare vintage dress, or a stunning handmade necklace, all at prices up to 50% off. 10am-5:20pm.
(9/2) Labor Day Clambake at Brooklyn Cider House. Indulge in a feast of shrimp, calamari, clams, crab, potato, and corn while listening to live music from the Sweet Tooth Jazz Band on Bushwick’s largest outdoor deck. Perfect for groups, the deck is also dog-friendly so the whole family can enjoy the day. Tickets for the event include the clambake and a bag of apples from BCH's own Twin Star Orchards to celebrate the start of apple-picking season ($27 in advance, $35 at the door). Brooklyn Cider House is open from noon-5pm on Labor Day with the clambake from 1-4pm. An a la carte taproom menu, specialty drinks, and the house's award-winning ciders will also be available.
(Now-9/30) In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, find a celebration of the Summer of Love at Arlo Hotel in SoHo. The pop-up will play host to special acoustic performances, screenings of footage from the famous festival, natural dye workshops, and more. There will also be a full Summer of Love menu available, with Whistle Pig Whiskey cocktails.
(Now-9/30) It’s rosé all day once again. Rosé Mansion is back for another summer residency in NYC after a successful run last year. The designs in all 14 rooms will be brand-new, and the mansion will be twice the size of last year’s iteration. You’ll get tastings of 8 different pink wines as you travel through a champagne ball pit, a mini-theme park called Roséland, and a tree house! There will also be two different rosé wine bars where you can hang out, plus grub from Taco Dumbo on hand.
(Ongoing) Drink, laugh, and save! Summer Savings on The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking! Choose from the evening show or Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical. Sit back and enjoy music and three cocktails, while the cast of The Imbible give insight into the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, tracing their economic and political impact on our cultural development. They'll also conduct live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits. Save $15 off admission with City Guide's coupon.
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