02 Sep Where are the riders in NYC? Labor Day weekend and beyond
Summer is winding down, and that can only mean one thing – the arrival of Labor Day weekend. For many New Yorkers, it’s a chance to close out the summer season in style before normal life resumes, and for TLC drivers, this should mean a lot more opportunities for pickups.
Labor Day this year falls on Monday, September 6. It signals a rush of people heading back home as they return from vacations, beach houses and places like The Hamptons.
The return to work and school after Labor Day should feel more noticeable this time round. People who chose to wait out the pandemic outside New York City will be coming back, and Manhattan companies expect some (though not all) of their employees to be back in the office by the end of September.
So where are the likely pickup points this Labor Day, and what can drivers expect with more people returning to NYC? We’ve put together some of the places to keep an eye on.
The following information is correct at the time of writing on August 31, 2021.
The return to NYC
With more residents going about their daily lives, there should be lots more potential riders out and about. Tourists too are more likely as the weather gets a bit cooler, and you may see more requests from commuters who are anxious about using the subways.
This all means the city’s residential areas are likely to be a good bet: try West Village, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, and Forest Hills and Sunnyside Garden in Queens.
Residential areas close to Penn Station and Grand Central Station may also be good for commuter traffic, including Chelsea, Murray Hill, and Sutton Place, and for the return from work trips Midtown and Lower Manhattan are also worth trying.
What’s on this Labor Day weekend
US Tennis Open August 30 – September 12, 2021
Where: Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Pickup points: Grand Central Terminal, Mets-Willets Point Station, 61st Street-Woodside Station. Rideshare drivers will only have access to the area next to the New York State Pavilion.
When: Day sessions – gates open at 9.30am Monday, August 30 – Wednesday, September 8 and 11am Thursday, September 9 – Sunday, September 12
Evening sessions – gates open at 6pm.
NY Yankees Home Games September 3 – 9, 2021
Where: Yankee Stadium
Pickup points: Midtown, East 161st Street and River Avenue
When: Gates open 90 minutes before the scheduled start of the game
The West Indian Day Parade has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19. But there will be smaller in-person celebrations and virtual events from Sept. 2 through 5.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade has also been cancelled. Coney Island is still running ticketed events this weekend and through September.
Concerts and museums
Madison Square Garden – September 3
Mexican music group Banda MS plays MSG this Friday.
Pickup points: 7th Avenue between W.31st and W.33rd Streets
When: 8pm, doors open at 6.30pm
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – September 4 – 6 and September 11 – 12
Where: Greenwich Village
Pickup points: East 13th Street south to Waverley Place
When: 12pm to 6pm
At INSHUR, we look for ways to help TLC drivers make more money, while also keeping you and your riders safe. You can continue to access our coronavirus resources for TLC drivers here, and you can also check out your insurance options with INSHUR here.