Parades, happy hours, and phenomenal deals: there’s no one way to celebrate Labor Day in New York City. With the entire city coming together to honor the nation’s workers, you won’t have to choose just one during your stay at our Upper West Side accommodations on the last weekend of summer, thanks to the astonishing array of activities, outings and specials springing up all over town. Take a break from the daily grind, and take part in one of the best holiday weekends in the city.
The banner event is, of course, the Saturday after Labor Day, when the New York City Labor Day Parade takes place. Featuring representatives from some of the biggest industries in the US, the parade begins at 10 AM on September 10 at 5th Avenue and 44th Street, continuing up until 67th Street. It’s a chance to see US workers out on the streets in solidarity, including teachers, doctors, and firefighters, in an inspiring display of America’s workforce.
Legendary among NYC festivals, the revelry of the West Indian-American Day Carnival & Parade boasts extravagant costumes, savory delicacies, and irresistible music. Spanning Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn from September 1-5, join the carnival-goers and celebrate the heritage of the West Indian nations from various vantage points along the parade route.
If you’re a tennis fan, you’ve picked the perfect time for an NYC visit. The US Open, held from August 29-September 11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, is the country’s biggest tennis tournament, featuring an incomparable experience for tennis lovers from all over the world. Go for the Grand Slam and witness the best players in the world accompanied by musical performances, family activities and food, as well as the chance to meet fans from around the world.
It’s also an ideal time to get the best of shopping deals. With bargains up to 90 percent off, the neighborhoods around our hotel on the Upper West Side are the perfect place to find keepsakes, from both in-store and sample sales. Hit up beloved secondhand mainstay 2nd Time Around for up to 70 percent off summer clearance all around the city; take 30 percent off any two or more sale items at the ever-chic Comptoir des Cotonniers; or stock up on chic basics at Forever 21 for a $10 gift card on a purchase of $50. There are countless offers to be found around our accommodations, so if you’re searching you won’t have far to go.
The last Warm Up concert of the summer at MoMA PS1 coincides with Labor Day Weekend, taking place on Saturday, August 27. The final edition of this phenomenal outdoor concert features DJ Paypal Teklife, Brainfeeder, LuckyMe, Elysia Crampton, Break World, Ash Koosha and Ninja Tune, offering some of the world’s best DJ talent for one unforgettable afternoon and evening. Warm Ups are held from 3–9 PM, with the doors open at noon; advance tickets are available for $22, with $25 for day-of tickets.
Choose The Lucerne for your Upper West Side boutique hotel getaway this Labor Day Weekend, and treat yourself to days and nights of celebration. Our hotel near Central Park is within reach of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment the city has to offer, especially with the chance to enjoy one of New York’s most memorable holidays.