What To Do In New York City Over Labor Day Weekend
Forget the flight delays, traffic jams and tourist traps. You can arrive at your mini vacation destination in 60 minutes or less this Labor Day weekend.
If you want: Rustic urbanism
Head to: Onderdonk House, the oldest Dutch farmhouse in New York City, and the temporary site for a bike-in movie theater (run by Cinebeasts and 2(w)heels Collective).
Amenities: A screening of 70s psychedelic classic The Point (September 10), and animated shorts made by local filmmakers. It’s B.Y.O.P.B. (bring your own picnic basket), though there’s fine coffee, refreshments and on-site screen printing -- it is Brooklyn after all.
Extend your stay: Afterparty at Pine Box Rock Shop
Whereabouts: 1820 Flushing Ave., Bushwick
Travel agony: Biking home post picnic-in-your-belly.
If you want: An alternative to vineyard hopping
Head to: Breucklen Distilling, a gin distillery mixing batches of grains, juniper berries and grapefruit peel. Then walk over to Quarter bar for sunshine and seasonal cocktails on the back patio. Finish it off with a tipple at Freddy’s, an Atlantic Yards transplant and iconic Brooklyn saloon.
Amenities: You’re in the vicinity of Toby’s Public House and Southside Coffee (652 6th Ave.).
Extend your stay: Soak up all that alcohol with dinner at the charming (and under appreciated) Lot 2.
Whereabouts: South Slope / Greenwood Heights
Travel agony: A bit of a walk from the F/G trains at 7th Ave. or M/R trains to Prospect Ave. and 25th St.
If you want: A retro date night
Head to: Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg’s new movie theater with table-side dining service.
Amenities: Beloved Brooklyn chef Saul Bolton (Saul, The Vanderbilt) created an a la carte menu along with meals to match your movies (think country pate and cognac for Midnight in Paris; ham and eggs, and a rum/ginger beer cocktail for Beats Rhymes & Life).
Whereabouts: 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg (718-384-3980)
Travel agony: L train hoopla
If you want: To chat with your girlfriends about how much you j’adore Paris
Head to: The highly anticipated US outpost of Parisian macaronerie Maison Laduree (est. 1862)
Amenities: Cakes (tributes to Marie Antoinette, pompadours, etc.), pastries, Frenchie sandwich cookies, lots of adorable packaging.
Extend your stay: Pop into the Alliance Francais (fi:af) for the French lessons you keep putting off.
Whereabouts: 864 Madison Ave., Upper East Side.
Travel agony: The 6 train. An (inevitable) line at the cashier. Listening to groups of girls chatting about how much they j’adore Paris.
If you want: Your dose of culture on a street corner
Head to: The BMW Guggenheim Lab, the museum’s first mobile art structure offering free workshops and events.
Amenities: Roberta’s set up a cafe with picnic tables smack-dab on the corner of 2nd Ave. Good for people-watching, burger-eating and finishing the night off with Momofuku Milk Bar desserts.
Extend your stay: For a double dose of art, New Museum is a straight shot down Bowery.
Whereabouts: Houston St. at 2nd Ave., East Village
Travel agony: Right off the F/V to 2nd Ave.