Labor Day may mark the conventional “end of summer,” but this glorious season technically lasts through September 21st. Why deny yourself those last few weeks of warm, sunny bliss? This year, use Labor Day as a late-season check-in, and start filling your calendar with some bonafide late-summer fun. Here are just a few of our favorite September activities…
Grab a drink onboard the Frying Pan
12th Avenue and 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
The Frying Pan is a historic lightship that spent three years at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. It was rescued and today stands proudly as the city’s best, literal “dive” bar. With a DJ lounge, fully-stocked bar, and stage for musical performances, this place is the perfect spot for your late-summer night-out. Be sure and take a moment to enjoy the view of the Hudson from the 100-foot observation deck.
Cool down with boozy ice cream from Tipsy Scoop
217 East 26th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
New York, NY 10010
Tipsy Scoop’s liquor-infused ice cream gives your favorite childhood dessert an adult-friendly spin. Each flavor is inspired by a popular cocktail, making for delicious concoctions like Mango Margarita Sorbet and Spiked Hazelnut Coffee. Can’t decide on just one flavor? Order the four-flavor sampler (pictured in the lead photo), presented in shot glasses. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, learn how to make these boozy desserts at one of Tipsy Scoop’s two-hour ice-cream making lessons.
Get a bite at the Boat Basin Cafe
West 79th Street near Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10024
Located in the Upper West Side’s Riverside Park, the seasonal Boat Basin Cafe played host to Frank Sinatra, Mario Puzo, and other glamorous NYC celebrities back in the day. One of the oldest event spots overlooking the Hudson River, the open-air restaurant is the best place in the city to watch the sun set over the Palisades while eating gourmet sandwiches, burgers, fresh salads, and more. It’s only open from April through October, so be sure and stop by as the summer comes to a close. Share a pitcher or two of frozen cocktails with friends as you savor the last few days of summer.
Enjoy some seafood at the North River Lobster Co.
12th Avenue & West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036
Billing itself as “NYC’s Only Floating Lobster Shack,” North River Lobster Co. is set aboard a former Florida gambling ship. Today, the maritime restaurant and bar takes patrons on 45-minute cruises, allowing the opportunity to enjoy the entire view of the Hudson River. Watch the sun set over the West Side as you nosh on delicious and fresh Maine lobster while drinking ice cold beer.
Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry
4 South Street at Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
Say goodbye to summer in NYC with a picturesque ride on the Staten Island Ferry. This free transportation service runs every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour, 24 hours, 7 days a week (during weekday rush hours, ferries run every 15 minutes). For a less-crowded trip, try it on the weekday between 9:30-11:30AM or after 7PM to take in the sunset. No matter when you ride it, the view of the Statue of Liberty is incomparable. Double check their schedule here before you plan your trip.
These are your last few weeks to get some old-fashioned NYC boating in, so don’t miss out. Several clubs sprinkled throughout the city host free boating expeditions. Try the Manhattan Community Boathouse, which organizes kayaking on the Hudson River five days per week through October, or hang out with the volunteers of Red Hook Boaters, which hosts kayaking trips every Sunday and Thursday through late September. You can also check out the NYC Parks page for an up-to-date list of kayaking opportunities in all five boroughs.