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Labor Day in NYC: Parades, street fairs and more

Staying in the city this Labor Day? Good — fewer people around means more fun for you.

From the West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights to an art festival in Washington Square Park, there are plenty of ways to bid a final "adieu" to the summer right in your backyard.

NYC Labor Day Parade

The annual Labor Day Parade will step off
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The annual Labor Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue with grand marshal Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers. (Free, nycclc.org)

Have a barbecue among the skycrapers

Social Drink & Food is hosting a barbecue
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Social Drink & Food is hosting a barbecue party all weekend on the terrace at the YOTEL Hotel, operated by Green Fig. Using their new state-of-the-art grill, they'll be serving up Mediterranean chicken and vegetable kebabs, grilled watermelon steak, hamburgers and New York-style hotdogs. You can pair these with a watermelon pisco, a sunset cosmo or a coco mojito. The terrace is a fun "backyard" space with rainbow-colored couches. (Free entry but RSVP, 570 10th Ave., 4th floor, 646-449-7790, onfournyc.com)

The Frying Pan's Oyster Fest

Fill up on oysters on Sunday at the
Photo Credit: The Frying Pan

Fill up on oysters on Sunday at the Frying Pan's first annual Oyster Fest, which will feature a raw oyster bar, a traditional oyster roast, fried oysters and oyster po' boy sandwiches in addition to its regular seafood menu. Pair it all up with beer from Blue Point Brewery. You'll also have a chance, between 1 and 2:30 p.m., to take a free boat ride on the John J. Harvey Fireboat or take a tour of the Lightship Frying Pan. Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective and WMD will provide music during the festival. (Free entry, noon to 11 p.m., Pier 66 in Hudson River Park, fryingpan.com)

Nowadays

Bushwick/Ridgewood's backyard at Nowadays is throwing its free,
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Bushwick/Ridgewood's backyard at Nowadays is throwing its free, annual Labor Day barbecue from noon until midnight with bocce, food and drinks (56-06 Cooper Ave., nowadays.nyc)

Book a quick island getaway

Wedging a body of water between you and
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Wedging a body of water between you and your to-do list is a great way to pull a Houdini-esque escape. Governors Island -- a short, free ferry ride from Manhattan and Brooklyn -- offers just such a getaway. Ashore on the 172-acre oasis, you can skate on the new rink while gazing at Lady Liberty, savor a beach read, catch zzz's in the breeze or drink in a view of lower Manhattan while sipping cocktails at Island Oyster and other hot spots.

Take a guided tour of the incredible gardens at the Cloisters

Get in your last fill of flowers at
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Get in your last fill of flowers at The Met Cloisters, which has breathtaking gardens you can explore. Learn about the different gardens, what grows there and take in all the beauty you can before the leaves start turning and the flowers disappear. Tours are offered at 11 a.m. daily. Meet in the Main Hall (Included in museum admission, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, metmuseum.org)

Catch a movie under the stars

Head outside to see a movie this Labor
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Head outside to see a movie this Labor Day weekend while you still can. It may be the end of the summer, but it doesn't have to feel like it. Here's what's playing:

Aug. 31: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" at Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Hansborough Rec Center in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Sherlock Gnomes" at J. Hood Wright Park in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at Bloomingdale Park on Staten Island, 8 p.m.; "The Lego Batman Movie" at Tudor Park in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Yogi Bear" at Faber Park on Staten Island, 8 p.m.; "Coco" at Williamsbridge Oval in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Dunkirk" at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan, sunset

Sept.1 : "A Wrinkle in Time" at Frederick Douglass Playground in Manhattan, 7:30 p.m.; "Kung Fu Panda" at Ehrenreich-Austin playground in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Donkey Skin" by Jaques Demy, presented in partnership with Fort Lee Film Commission at the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center (1355 Inwood Terrace), sunset

Sept. 2: "The Little Mermaid" at Yellowstone Park in Queens, 8 p.m.

Sept. 3: "My Cousin Vinny" at Parklife in Brooklyn, sunset; "Scarface" for its 35th anniversary at Azul on the Rooftop in Manhattan, sunset

Here's a full lineup of movies this summer.

Get on a boat

If you have to be outside, you might
Photo Credit: Grand Banks

If you have to be outside, you might as well be on a boat. It's usually cooler down by the water, so check out restaurants and bars on boats (such as this oyster bar aboard the historic hand-built wooden schooner the Sherman Zwicker) and don't be afraid to try sailing around Manhattan on a yacht.

Eat and drink on the water

The breeze coming off the water will cool
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The breeze coming off the water will cool you down while you enjoy a drink or a meal. Some of our favorite bars and restaurants to watch the sun set include City Island Lobster House (691 Bridge St., the Bronx) Grand Banks (Pier 25), The Frying Pan (Pier 66A) and Greenpoint's The Brooklyn Barge (3 Milton St.).

Browse the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (Sept. 3, 8-9)

The Fall Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit will
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The Fall Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit will be held from University Place at East 13th Street to the east side of Washington Square Park at West Third Street on Monday, Sept. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. as well as Sept. 8-9. It will feature fine arts, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics and more. For more information, go to wsoae.org.

Top off brunch with an all-day happy hour (Sept. 4)

Burke & Willis Australian Bistro executive chef Rodrigo
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Burke & Willis Australian Bistro executive chef Rodrigo Nogueria has a cure for your Labor Day weekend hangover: The Kangaroo Pie Floater. The kangaroo meat pie and pea soup mixture is said to be a traditional hangover go-to in Australia. If that's a bit too daring for your taste buds, you can stick with the Avocado Smash, avocado on toast with tomato, onion and feta, or the Swagman's Breakfast, two eggs, steak, pork, roasted mushrooms and potatoes. After you fill up on brunch, being served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., stick around for the all-day happy hour, which kicks off at noon and includes two-for-one drink deals. (226 W. 79th St., burkeandwillisny.com)

Take a dip in a public pool (through Sept. 9)

NYC's public pools close for the season on
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NYC's public pools close for the season on Sept. 9, so get the last bit of summer in while you can. For more information, go to nycgovparks.org (and visit our guide to the best pools by borough).

Go kayaking on the Hudson (through Oct. 8)

Get out on the Hudson with the help
Photo Credit: The Trust for Governors Island

Get out on the Hudson with the help of The Downtown Boathouse, where free kayaking is offered weekends and holidays through Oct. 8. Boats head out from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kayak rides last 20 minutes. For more info visit downtownboathouse.org.

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