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6 Things to do in NYC before Labor Day

Written by
Dana Varinsky

Summer ain't over yet, but many of the city's best outdoor offerings come to an end September 1. To avoid any risk of FOMO, here's a list of your last chances to hit the beach, see an outdoor movie or party on a rooftop. Come winter, you may want these sun-soaked memories to sustain you. 

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1. Go to a Central Park SummerStage show
Jam to live music under the stars during the season’s last performances—the lineup finishes with the Armada Fania showcase (Aug 24) and the 22nd annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (Aug 23, 24).

2. See an outdoor movie
There are only a few more flicks showing on our beloved outdoor screens. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Sat 30) and Skyfall (Sun 31) are the final movies at the South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park series concludes with a film chosen by public vote (Aug 28).

3. Go swimming
Take a dip in a free public pool or hit the sandy shores of one of NYC’s eight public beaches. Beaches and pools close September 1, so get that vitamin D while you can.

4. Dance at a summer party
You have three more chances (Aug 23, Aug 30 and Sept 6) to carouse on MoMA's PS1 courtyard. Acts still slated to perform include the Range, Dam-Funk and Lone. If you miss the fun there, though, there are quite a few other summer parties left, including the Coney Island Reggae Beach Party (Aug 31) and the weekly Mister Sunday at Industry City

5. Go kayaking
Grab a paddle and snap on a life jacket: the free kayaking program at Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse is offered two more times (Aug 21 and 30).

6. Cheer for your minor league team
Though the Yankees and the Mets play regular season games through September, the Brooklyn Cyclones play their last Coney Island home game against the Staten Island Yankees this month (Aug 31). The teams move to Staten Island for the final game of the minor league season (Sept 1).

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