5 ways to enjoy the dog days of summer in Harlem and beyond

Catch a sunset at Baylander Steel Beach at the West Harlem Piers.

The dog days of summer are here—and it's all about enjoying the outdoors while trying to stay cool.

Here are five ways to do that in Harlem and beyond. And, yes, each is 100% The Curious Uptowner-approved:

1. Catch a sunset at these three waterfront destinations. The West Harlem Piers became the fun new summer destination last year with the opening of Baylander Steel Beach, a floating bar and restaurant on a decommissioned Navy ship. It joined two other uptown spots with amazing views of the Hudson.

2. Cool off in a big, blue pool. Looking for an outdoor pool with river views, a fun, fresh look, or even movie fame? Uptown's got 'em all.

3. Pick up a seeded watermelon from the Black Seed Brothers. Head to the northeast corner of Lenox Avenue and 139th Street and grab a sweet, seeded watermelon from this beloved Harlem street stand. Refrigerate and enjoy.

The Black Seed Brothers stand on Lenox Ave and 139th Street.

4. Walk to a neighborhood ice cream spot. Is there anything more summery than a leisurely stroll to a shop with delicious frozen treats? Most on TCU's list make their own.

5. Head to a tree-filled local park for nature, art and more. If you live uptown, you're never too far from a park where you can take a forest bath, admire the latest art, or see some goats.

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