Labor Day weekend activities to celebrate summer’s end in New York


So long, summer.

Labor Day weekend is the last chance to indulge in the city’s warm-weather delights, such as making a splash at the free outdoor pools, tasting many seasonal restaurant menu items, jamming to an entrancing music festival, braving rollercoaster rides in reverse, and more.

Soak these up before the joys of summer have gone.


The city’s 50-plus outdoor pools close after Labor Day, as do the Cedar Grove and Wolfe’s Pond beaches on Staten Island. The rest of the city’s 14 miles of public beaches remain open until Sept. 13. Lifeguards are on duty daily between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the sandy strands, while the pool lifeguards operate between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., with early bird and night owl lap swim hours varying by pool. See for details on the swimming hole nearest you.


Holy backwards, Batman!

This weekend is the last chance to ride the Six Flags Great Adventure Batman: The Ride in reverse.

The Jersey theme park has been running the rollercoaster backwards all summer, meaning daredevils have been flying blind through the zero-gravity roll and flipping 180 degrees.

But after Monday, the ride will return to its regular, forward route, so strap yourself in for this added adrenaline rush while you still can. Tix run $42.99-$69.99 in person, or save $20 by booking online at


Several summery items will be taken off city menus after the holiday weekend, including Racines NY’s seasonal $20 Squash Blossom with lobster, morcilla and spiced carrot foam, as well as its $14 Ajo Blanco almond and garlic gazpacho with tomato sorbet, cherrie and green beans. See

The Pier A Harbor House ( stops pouring its $10 End of Summer Rose Sangria this weekend. And Shake Shake ( salutes the end of the season with a limited-time Labor Day weekend menu of $4.50 corn dogs and Peach Pie oh My Concretes ($4.50-$6.75) at every location, except for stadiums and airports, from Friday through Monday.


The Noguchi Museum toasts the summer’s end with its final Free First Friday evening, which includes a wine and beer cash bar and special programming from 5 to 8 p.m.

Moving forward, Friday admission will still be gratis from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but you’ll have to get your buzz on elsewhere after eyeing the works of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi and the gorgeous sculpture garden. 9-01 33rd Rd., at Vernon Blvd., Queens. See


There’s one last outdoor musical festival rocking the city this season: the three-day Electric Zoo that transforms Randalls Island into a rave from Friday through Sunday.

Headliners include The Chemical Brothers on Friday, Above & Beyond on Saturday, and Alesso on Sunday. Single-day passes start at $109, with remaining two-day passes beginning at $199, and remaining three-day passes starting at $299.99. See


The Broadway revival of “On the Town” starring Misty Copeland is closing on Sept. 6 after its year-long run at the Lyric Theater.

The toe-tapping Tony Award-nominated showcase follows three sailors swept off their feet by three riveting NYC women during their 24-hour shore leave, and includes beloved numbers such as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” 213 W. 42nd St. See for tickets.


There’s just a few days left to catch the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s breathtaking China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition, which has been extended through Monday. The sprawling exhibit showcasing more than 140 haute couture and avant-garde pieces explores China’s impact on Western fashion and culture, with designer looks displayed amongst Chinese costumes, paintings, ceramics and jewelry. Suggested admission is $25 adults, $12 students. 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St. See

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