No Labor Day plans? No problem!

Randall’s Island raves out at the Electric Zoo Festival.

While your friends are sitting in traffic on the LIE or lugging suitcases through JFK, try one of these mini-vacations that will make you feel a million miles from the city.

» Instead of a weekend in the Caribbean… Hit up the West Indian American Day Carnival (wiadcacarnival.org), a weekend-long celebration capped by the Labor Day Carnival Parade, with 40-plus bands and revelers in elaborate costumes making their way down Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. On Saturday night, check out the pan (steel drum) competition at the Brooklyn Museum (advance tickets $40). Fortify yourself for dancing by visiting Gloria’s (764 Nostrand Ave.; 718-773-3476) for classic Trinidadian snacks.

» Instead of dancing the night away in Ibiza… Get down at the Electric Zoo Festival (advance tickets at www.electriczoofestival.com), three days of electronic dance music headlined by heavy hitters like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Tiësto and Skrillex. Taking over 24 acres on Randall’s Island, last year’s event attracted more than 85,000 partiers. When you need a break from the music, wander through the Garden of Ez, filled with neon butterflies. And if your outfit doesn’t live up to the costumes donned by the other revelers, don’t worry: Professional face- and body-painters will be on site.

» Instead of dropping a grand on a flight to Seoul… Head to College Point’s Spa Castle (131-10 11th Ave.; 718-939-6300) by taking the 7 to Main Street Flushing, and then the free shuttle bus from the Flushing Municipal Parking Lot on Union Street and 39th Avenue. Modeled on the spas  found all over East Asia, Spa Castle sprawls more than five stories of pools, saunas and treatment rooms. “I highly recommend the Korean body scrubs,” says frequent Castle-goer Marilyn Stotts. “An old lady will climb all over your butt-naked body scrubbing three layers of skin off. You come out soft as a baby and even shinier.” Once shiny and refreshed, stop by Flushing’s San Soo Kap San (171-10 Northern Blvd.; 718-445-4850) for Korean BBQ.

» Instead of rushing to Europe and back… Visit Our Lady of Fatima (82 Congress St.; 973-589-8433) in Newark’s Portuguese-heavy Ironbound district. All weekend, the church hosts a festival including a religious procession for Our Lady of Good Voyage on Sunday afternoon, folkloric dances and — most importantly — delicious Portuguese food. “They have lots of yummy street-food vendors set up in the church’s parking lot,” says Newark resident Ana Morais. “There you can find grilled sardines, barbecued chicken (Portuguese style), roast suckling pig as well as all the farturas (a sort of zeppole) you can eat.” Stop by for the food and performances on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight.

» Instead of a trip to Russia… Get just a taste of it on the seaside. After a walk along Brighton Beach, have plates of smoked fish and cold Baltika beers at one of the three branches of Tatiana (3152 Brighton 6th St., or enter along the boardwalk; 718-891-5151). Then head over to the Manhattan Beach neighborhood to marvel at the mansions built by Russian millionaires. And stop by Anyway Cafe (111 Oriental Blvd.; 718-648-3906) for crepes with caviar, dumplings and infused vodka.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…