US Open Tennis Labor Day weekend 2015

Are you the only one stuck in NYC while all your friends and family are enjoying themselves elsewhere? Here’s what to do in NYC this labor day weekend.

Watch the US Open

Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, there’s something in the air at the US Open that will make you one. Tennis by day is one thing, but by night it’s a whole other ball game. Watch your favourites battle it out under the lights for a Grand Slam title. Tickets don’t come cheap but the experience is worth it. If Arthur Ashe Stadium is not looking likely then there are plenty of places in the city to soak up the atmosphere. The rooftop of the the James Hotel is the perfect place to watch the match on a large outdoor projector or there’s always the expansive plaza of The Vine at the Eventi Hotel.

Dance your socks off at Warm Up at MoMA PS1

Saturday 5 September Get your dancing shoes on for Warm Up at one of America’s oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions MoMA PS1. Move to the beat next to the current installation, an impressive piece entitled Cosmo by Andrès Jaque, a fantastical realisation of the water supply network that sustains New York City. When you’re hungry and thirsty grab a bite or a cocktail from M. Wells Dinette, a café that resembles an old schoolroom complete with a blackboard. Since this event is the last of the Saturday summer series, curated by an expert committee from across the arts, expect this Warm Up to be a particularly good one. Buy tickets from $18 and $20 on the door. The line up’s pretty good too: Derrick May, Vince Staples, Clark, EGYPYTIXX, Dan Bodan feat. Draveng.

Sparkle at West Indian-American Day Carnival

Monday 7 September Imagine a sea of feathers, sequins and headdresses swaying to the sounds of calypso and soca music and put yourself at the centre of it. If that’s not celebrating Labor Day Weekend we don’t know what is. New York thrives on its diversity and dynamism and this carnival celebrates some of the best of it with local communities from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago all proudly paying homage to their heritage. Early birds can catch the worm at J’ouvert – a party at dawn where festival goers splatter each other with powdered paint. Keep the party going all day by sustaining yourself with island fare such as jerk chicken and ginger beer.

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