How to Enjoy The Last Bit of Summer This Labor Day Weekend

How to Enjoy The Last Bit of Summer This Labor Day Weekend

Rooftop Bar (©Condé Nast Traveller)


Though it’s not quite Fall yet, Labor Day symbolically marks the beginning of my favorite season—I personally can’t wait for crisp, fall weather and cozy, wool knits. For many others, the last weekend of summer is bittersweet as it offers the last chance to enjoy outdoor activities, until next year. Here are our suggestions for some last-minute summer fun in the city:


Take a Sunny Walk in the Park


Central Park always makes NYC visitors’ must-see lists, but there are plenty of other green spaces to check out in the five boroughs. One of the biggest is Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan. With stunning views of the Henry Hudson Bridge, a wooded maze of hiking trails that give the neighborhood its name and plenty of grassy spots for picnics, it’s worth the trek uptown.

Closer to midtown Manhattan, the three-block-long Madison Square Park is a perfect spot to escape the bustling crowds of the Flatiron District and grab a shake from the original location of Shake Shack. Currently, the park welcomes an art installation by artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Josiah McElheny and a large screen showing the US Open matches starting August 28th.

Further north are two Bronx gardens: Wall Hill Park and The New York Botanical Gardens. Both offer plenty of pretty flowers and plants. The Botanical Garden features plenty of educational exhibits, while Wave Hill opts for cultural events and cooking demonstrations.


Family-Friendly Entertainment


Enjoy some family fun while giving the kids a little exercise by hopping on a bike to see the city with Bike and Roll, which offers both guided tours and rentals. This weekend, sports fans can head to Coney Island on Sunday or Staten Island on Monday to see NYC’s two minor league baseball teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees, face off to finish out their respective seasons. Both stadiums feature great views: the Cyclones have the beach, boardwalk and theme park while the Yankees offer a view of downtown Manhattan’s skyline.


Before the weather begins to cool down is the best time to enjoy some outdoor shopping. On Sunday, September 3rd, Grand Bazaar NYC vendors will offer end of summer specials. Open year round, rain or shine, the Grand Bazaar host over 100 antique, artisans and food vendors every Sunday from 10 am-5:30 pm and on September 3rd, the vendors listed below will offer an end of summer specials up to 50% off.

Epperson (Fashion)

Olde Good Things (Furniture & Home Décor)

La Blue Optique (Sunglasses

Esenshel (Hats)

Iris Record (Vinyl Records)

Alphaville (Vintage Collectibles)

Stuf'd Truck (Gourmet Sandwiches)

Dolce Brooklyn (Hand Crafted Gelato & Sorbetto)

...and many more!

Outdoor Food & Drinks

Sticky fingers aren’t always so bad, especially when they’re covered in BBQ sauce! Almost all of Dinosaur's Bar-B-Que locations have outdoor seating (Stamford, Harlem and Brooklyn to name a few), so gather your friends and snag a picnic table for some fall-off-the-bone smoked ribs and other barbecue favorites.


During the last bit the summer warmth, the floor-to-ceiling windows at L'Amico slide open extending the dining room onto the sidewalk and the bustle of the city.  While you’re enjoying the refreshing breeze, order a house made Limecello – their take on the classic limoncello.  The cocktail is made in small batches and limited quantities that take three weeks to infuse, so order quickly before it's gone til next year.

Before the weather gets cooler, there are many outdoor restaurants including Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill current home of the docked Lightship Frying Pan—a historic floating lighthouse, and the Cantina Rooftop Located on the roof of Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen. Also, head to Fornino’s rooftop for one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. This Brooklyn Bridge Park restaurant is also THE best spot for taking in the summer’s spectacular sunsets.  

Above the noise and bustle of the city sit many fantastic rooftop bars: among them are Viceroy Hotel's The Roof, an alluring lounge and outdoor terrace that offers guests a captivating view of Central Park and The DL (Delancey & Ludlow) a multi‐level lounge, restaurant and event space located in Manhattan's Lower East Side. These two hot spots feature an upscale atmosphere, signature cocktails and a variety of small bites for snacking.



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