6 ways to enjoy the last days of summer in Harlem and beyond

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

The last days of summer are here—and it's all about enjoying the outdoors before cooler weather prevails.

Here are six 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 has become the fun new summer destination with the opening of Baylander Steel Beach, a floating bar and restaurant on a decommissioned Navy ship. It joins 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 newfound 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, check out a cool new basketball court mural, or see some goats.

6. Go roller skating. The outdoor skating rink at Riverbank State Park charges only $1.50 for admission, includes skate rentals, and is open every day during the summer—what more could you ask for?

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