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West Indian-American Day Carnival 2013
Photograph: Filip WolakWest Indian-American Day Carnival 2013

The three best things to do in New York today

Written by
Jillian Anthony

Spot the art stars of tomorrow at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
Every year around d Labor Day weekend, hundreds of artists from New York and around the world gravitate to Washington Square to exhibit their wares. A spread of jewelry, metal work, ceramics, graphics, oils and acrylics are laid out for art lovers to choose from. Don't miss the exhibit started by starving artists Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning back in the day.
Washington Square Park, W 4th St to Waverly Pl between MacDougal St and University Pl, noon

Wear your best and brightest at the West Indian-American Day Carnival
This Caribbean celebration, known for having lively music and lots of skin, is never short on costumed stilt dancers, floats blaring soca and calypso music, and plenty of flags from countries such as Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Look for vendors stationed along Eastern Parkway selling island eats like jerk chicken, curry goat and oxtail. Early risers can preparty at J’ouvert (pronounced “joo-VAY”), a predawn festival in which revelers throw powdered paint at each other. Head to Grand Army Plaza around 4am when the high-jinks really get going.
Eastern Pkwy from Schenectady Ave to Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, parade at 11am, free

Go back to camp at Videology's Wet Hot American Labor Day party
There's no greater way to celebrate this national holiday than to watch Christopher Meloni hump a refrigerator. Videology will be marathoning 2001's Wet Hot American Summer five times (with ten minute intermissions between screenings). The special $5 bug juice brew should make multiple viewings even better. 
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, 2pm, free 

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