Labor Day edition: what to do in NYC this weekend (Sept 1 – Sept 4)

Ashley Falzone
Ashley is your semi-above-average 20 something living in Astoria who lives and breathes NYC life. She goes about her days looking forward to all the food she will consume. She also loves referencing Kanye West quotes in her articles whenever applicable.


Summer is officially at its end, so you might have well live it up this 3-day weekend before pumpkin spiced everything officially lands.


Electric Zoo Festival

If you already have tickets to what is sure to be an insane end to the summer, lucky you. Taking place on Randall’s Island all weekend, Electric Zoo will feature the top music artists in the EDM world, including Zedd, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, and DeadMau5 & Eric Prydz. Top NYC food will be featured as well, and obviously bring your top party face.


Sip. Shop. Eat! at The Collective Pop Up Market

The Collective Pop-Up Market in Williamsburg this weekend will feature a curated selection of vintage clothes, art, beauty products and collectibles, among other things. Local vendors will also be serving food, drink and desserts. Tickets are free, but drink tickets can be purchased.


NYC Unicycle Festival

The 8th Annual Unicycle Festival is taking place in NYC this weekend, starting out on Governors Island as they make their way over to Coney Island. This would obviously be a great time to learn how to ride a unicycle, or just sit back and have fun watching the strange revelry, New York City style.


The West Indian Day Parade

Although it’s not Trinidad or Barbados, the West Indian Carnival on Labor Day in Brooklyn is about as close to the real deal as you’re going to get. Traditional Caribbean food and steel-pan bands play along Eastern Parkway for the duration of the day, and if you’re really adventurous, wake up at 6 a.m. for the J’ouvert, a street parade before the carnival actually begins.


For events to keep you going throughout the month, check out the below:

Bryant Park Free Shakespeare-The Tempest

Although a smaller counterpart to the “Shakespeare in the Park” that Central Park offers, the free Shakespeare at Bryant Park is fully worth checking out. The production of “The Tempest” will begin this weekend and run through September 9, so make sure to catch it before it ends.

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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

In Washington Square, check out this event that showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around New York, the nation and the world. It’s considered more of a sidewalk fair and it begins on University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south to West Third Street. This is great for someone just moving into a new place that needs to be spruced up by some great art.

Sick artist on the scene @ilan_leas #washingtonsquareoutdoorartexhibit #washingtonsquarepark #abstractartist #itsallinthedetails

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New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:


The food at the newly opened Golda in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn is considered Instagram gold, and is worthy of eating as well. It’s a day café that closes by 5 p.m. and the food has a Mediterranean flair that works very well for breakfast and lunch. The egg sandwiches are a must try.


Stuffed Ice Cream NYC

You’ll be stuffed alright from the great mashup of donuts and ice cream that Stuffed Ice Cream features. It’s about time this city gets something better than the cronut, and the donut ice cream sandwiches here live up to the foodie hype. Thirteen different ice cream flavors are featured on a glazed or unglazed donut, so you can keep coming back to try them all.


Katja Novitskova-Earth Potential at City Hall Park

“Earth Potential” is an exhibition by Katja Novitskova currently on display in City Hall Park that explores the relationships among science, technology, fiction and our image-based culture. The seven large aluminum sculptures scattered about the park feature online-sourced, digitally-printed images of the Earth and celestial objects. These new sculptures are meant explore worlds unseen in a Sci-Fi landscape. Check it out until the beginning of November.

NYC 💙🦑🐵

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