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  • Photograph: Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust

    Big City Fishing

  • Photograph: Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust

    Big City Fishing

  • Photograph: Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust

    Big City Fishing

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    Urban Park Ranger Rob Mastrianni holds a kestrel for first graders from the...

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  • Labor Day: Celebrating America's Workers

  • Labor Day: Celebrating America's Workers

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Summer at Governors Island

  • Summer at Governors Island

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  • Lefferts early American crafts

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    Birthday Party at the Lefferts House

  • Photograph: Prospect Park Alliance

    Birthday Party at the Lefferts House

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  • Richmondtown

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    Uni Fest

  • Photograph: Jim Moore

    Uni Fest

Photograph: Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust

Big City Fishing

Monday September 5

 

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Saturday Sept 3 | Sunday Sept 4 | Monday Sept 5

FREE Kayaking on the Hudson
Mon Sept 5 9am--6pm at Pier 96 and Pier 40; 10am--5pm at 72nd St. *Pier 96, Twelfth Ave at 56th St. Subway: A, C, D, 1 to 59th St--Columbus Circle. *Pier 40, West St at Houston St. Subway: 1 to Houston St. *Riverside Park at 72nd St (downtownboathouse.org for all locations). Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St. It's no fun being taken for a ride...unless, of course, it's a free family boat trip. The New York City Downtown Boathouse is offering complimentary kayaking every weekend (weather permitting) through October at three Hudson River docks. No need to make a reservation; just walk right up and wait on line if necessary. Don't worry if you've never kayaked before: The nautical experts provide the equipment (including life jackets, paddles and boats) and the know-how—although they do ask that you sign a liability waiver. Participants must wear a bathing suit, or shorts and a T-shirt, and must know how to swim. Children under 16 must share a kayak with an adult. Ages 2 and up.

FREE Governors Island
Mon Sept 5 10am--7pm. Ferry leaves Lower Manhattan from the Battery Maritime Building, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (212-440-2202, govisland.com). Much of this national monument's land-that-time-forgot vibe springs from its having been off-limits to civilians for so long. The island, now owned by the city, offers loads of weekend freebies through Sept 25, starting with the ferry ride: an 18-hole mini-golf course, Friday bike rentals and kayaking lessons. Children's Museum of the Arts sponsors a tented open-art studio from 11am to 3pm, with activity stations, a dress-up theater and guided workshops for visitors young and old. Check out our guide to the isle for more info. All ages.

Richmond County Fair
Mon Sept 5 11am--6pm. Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave at St. Patrick's Pl, Staten Island (718-351-1611, historicrichmondtown.org). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S74 bus to St. Patricks Pl. $15, seniors $10, children under 30'' tall free. Kids can participate in potato sack races, watch pie-eating contests and browse produce at a farmstand during this annual celebration. All ages. 

FREE West Indian--American Day Parade
Mon Sept 5 11am--6pm. Eastern Pkwy from Schenectady Ave to Flatbush Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-467-1797, wiadca.com). Subway: 3, 4 to Utica Ave--Crown Heights. The crowning event of the five-day West Indian Carnival Festival, the parade is one of the most colorful and vibrant happenings in the city. Marvel at the extravagant costumes, move to the music of steel drums, clap along as revelers dance in impossible shoes (or on stilts!), and fill up on Caribbean delicacies such as oxtail, jerk chicken, roti and coconut bread. All ages.

Labor Day Workshop: Celebrating America's Workers
Mon Sept 5 at noon, 2, 3, 4pm. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-721-1223, cmom.org). Subway: B, C to 81st St--Museum of Natural History; 1 to 86th St. Free with admission.
Kids learn about the history of Labor Day and craft a worker-themed collage. Ages 5 and up.
 

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