Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn’t mean that the season can’t go out with a bang. There are numerous events and activities that New Yorkers can partake in this Labor Day. Read on for five free or low-cost activities to partake in this Labor Day in New York City.
Free Summer Movies
Maria Hernandez Park
92 Irving Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Date: Sept. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.
A free movie in the park is a fantastic way to spend a summer night. The New York Restoration Project and Word Up Bookshop-Liberia Comunitaria is sponsoring a viewing of the classic 1950 Disney film “Cinderella.” Introduce your kids to this timeless movie and take a walk through your own childhood as well with songs like “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”
West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade
323-325 Rodgers Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Date: Sep. 7, 2015 all day.
Add a little Caribbean flare to your Labor Day by attending New York’s annual West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade. This popular event started in the 1940s as the brainchild of Jessie Wardell. The parade is one of New York City’s biggest and is attended by thousands of people each year. The date of the parade is significant, as it was selected by Wardell as a way to celebrate the beginning of the 40 penitential days of Lent.
Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Festival – Aida
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Date: Sept. 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera has a summer festival sponsoring the screening of 10 performances by various artists. Part of this event is also the screening of the opera “Aida.” It runs about two and a half hours and tells the tale of Aida, an Ethopian slave who is really a princess. It stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as Aida and Roberto Alagna as Radames. Do note that this presentation was originally taped in 2012.
Richmond County Fair
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10306
Date: Sep. 7, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Cost: adults $16/seniors $11
The Richmond County Fair offers a wonderful mix of both city and country life. This annual event is rain or shine and the cost ranges from free for children 30 inches and under to $16 for adults. Seniors 65 and older pay $11. There will be music, dance performances and rides, including a Ferris wheel. For history lovers, the event takes place in Historic Richmond Town, a 17th Century village/museum.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory
334 Furman St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Date: Sept. 6, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Spend your day off learning about an important part of this city’s storied history. The Brooklyn Bridge is a New York City icon. It was completed in 1883 and is one of the oldest bridges in the United States. The bridge was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge or East River Bridge, but from 1915 onward it was officially coined the Brooklyn Bridge. These are just some of the facts that visitors will learn on the Waterfront Walks tour. Led by Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy docents, the tour lasts about an hour.
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