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Summer At The Last Minute

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Summertime and the living is easy, goes the old Gershwin (Ella Fitzgerald/Janis Joplin) song, but easy or not, let’s face it, summer is about to end. With only a short time left until Labor Day, which is the practical (if not official) end of the season, there are still summery things you can do — visit the 14 miles of beaches within the city limits, for example — and things you’ve been meaning to see or do that are about to end.

Broadway shows about to end:
“The Little Mermaid” on August 30th
“9 to 5” on September 6th
“Avenue Q” on September 13th

Shakespeare in the Park, and its production of The Bachae, ends Sunday, August 30th.

Baseball (minor league) about to end
Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees — last games, September 6th

Coney Island
Not everything on Coney Island shuts down after the summer but much does, including the Cyclone.

The Edible Garden at the New York Botanical Garden is open through September 13th.

Governors Island
Once closed off to the public, this island between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and accessible by free ferry from both boroughs, offers weekend exhibitions and concerts, including Mos Def on September 12th and Lupe Fiasco on September 19th.

New York City Downtown Boathouse — free kayaking classes until October 12th.