Labor Day is one of those strange holidays, where most people are either celebrating summer’s last licks at the beach or hunkering down at home bracing for the inevitable return to fall. Fortunately, New York offers exciting options for those choosing to spend the long weekend in the city. All you have to do is step out of Wagner Battery Park and embrace the good times that Labor Day brings, at least until the cool air hits.
Start your day with an outdoor brunch at Industry Kitchen. Feast on waffles, omelets and the walnut crusted French toast as you delight in the waterfront surroundings from the perch of this stunning 5,000 square-foot venue. Snap a selfie set against the backdrop of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges as well as the Brooklyn Skyline.
After breakfast, head up to Woodland Lawn in the Battery for a mid-morning yoga session, available every weekend throughout the summer. Nothing gets out the pre-fall nerves like a good downward dog and warrior one pose among hundreds of Battery Park dwellers. Be sure to arrive early and stake your claim with a mat near the front of the group.
After you find your zen, hit the water one last time by setting sail at Tribeca Sailing, a two-hour tour of New York’s harbor aboard a classic sailboat. Pour the mimosas and toast to summer’s end. Keep the water theme going by grabbing a late lunch at Grand Banks, a docked schooner boat on the Hudson River churning out some of the freshest oysters and seafood this side of Montauk.
In the afternoon, make your way to the West Side Highway for the 9th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival. This massive event kicks off with a tour that takes single-wheeled cyclists from Battery Park along the West Side Highway to Central Park. Festivities take place throughout the weekend, with a free festival on Governor’s Island, but the crux of the celebration is the ride.
Nothing closes out the summer quite like an outdoor picnic. Stop by Whole Foods Market or local favorite, Battery Place Market and enjoy one last outdoor meal. Set down your blanket at the tip of Manhattan, pop some bubbly and idle in the late summer air.