NYC’s Priceless Things To Do This Week: September 1st-7th

September 1, 2014 6:00 AM

This week’s Priceless Things To Do will have you watching the latest chapter of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, celebrating authentic NYC pizza and enjoying happy hour without having to sit through a long day at work. There’s only 52 weeks in a year, make sure this one is priceless!

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock


Take a Labor Day Staycation

Date: Monday, September 1

Holidays should be relaxing and there are few things more stressful than getting stuck in hours of holiday traffic. Avoid the hassle and inconvenience this Monday by taking a staycation. Get the whole family involved or spend some alone time on your precious Labor Day off from work. Taking a spa day is the ideal way to make sure you’re properly calibrated to go back to work on Tuesday. Luckily for you the city that never sleeps has a robust selection of spas that will have you feeling refreshed and comforted.

Photo Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images


Experience Wicked At The Gershwin Theatre

Date: Tuesday, September 2

Wicked is performing this Tuesday at the Gershwin Theatre on W. 51st Street. This theatrical prequel tells the story of Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West’s early years, setting the stage for the events which take place in the classic film, The Wizard of Oz. Loosely based off a Gregory Maguire novel, Wicked has won multiple Tony Awards in addition to nabbing Idina Menzel a 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in her original role as Elphaba. Time theater critic Richard Zoglin has been quoted as saying “if every musical had a brain, a heart and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.” Tickets start at $65 and the performance starts at 7:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images


Catch Derek Jeter’s Final Game In Pinstripes Vs Boston

Date: Thursday, September 4

Head to the Bronx this Thursday as the Yankees and Red Sox play ball in Yankee Stadium for the last time this year. This will also be Yankees’ captain, Derek Jeter’s final game in pinstripes against his beantown rivals. Jeter has played for only one team – the Yankees – for his entire 20-year career, amassing over 3,400 hits in the process. During his illustrious tenure with the Bronx Bombers, the Boston Red Sox have always been Captain Clutch’s most fierce and respected opponent. From multiple walk-off hits to his diving catch into the stands of the old Yankee Stadium, Jeter always seems to rise to the occasion and this historic contest should be no different. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and tickets start at $26.

Photo Credit: File photo/Clipart

Photo Credit: File photo/Clipart


Grab A Slice At New Park Pizzeria

Date: Friday, September 5

New Park Pizzeria on Crossbay Boulevard in Queens is the perfect spot to celebrate this cheesiest of holidays, National Cheese Pizza Day! This brick oven pizza spot opened its doors in 1956 and is still supplying the community with some of the best authentic pizza in NYC today. New Park offers five different kinds of pies from their $17.50 round pie to their $27.50 everything pie. They also sell any kind of pie by the slice and all the classic toppings are available for an extra 50 cents a slice. Delivery and take-out services are available and the shop is wheelchair friendly. Be warned, New Park is a cash only establishment so make sure you have a couple bills in your pocket. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

Photo Credit: Back Forty West

Photo Credit: Back Forty West


Enjoy A Work Free Happy Hour

Date: Saturday, September 6

What’s the worst part about happy hour? You have to wait through an entire work day to get there. Back Forty on Avenue B takes care of that problem by offering its very own weekend happy hour every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy hour favorites include The Back Forty (George Dickel #12, maple and lemon) and Samson Punch (Jean-Luc Pasquet Cognac, Combier Royal, lemon and Prosecco) for only $5 each. Should you work up an appetite from pouring over the list of drinks specials there is also a small happy hour menu to choose from consisting of sliders, wings, fries and salads.

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Matt Weiss is an associate producer for CBS Local’s Best Of and Travel sections. Follow him on Twitter.

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