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

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

Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of summer—and there's no better way to celebrate than by heading outdoors.

Here are five fun things you can do in Harlem and beyond. Each is 100% The Curious Uptowner-approved:

1. 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.

2. Run up the 155th Street Viaduct stairs. Get your heart rate up at these hidden steps behind the 155th Street Viaduct—all 110 of them.

The ultimate summer workout: the 155th Street Viaduct stairs.

3. Catch a sunset at one of these three waterfront destinations. The West Harlem Piers became the hot new summer destination last year with the opening of Baylander Steel Beach, a floating bar and restaurant on a decommissioned Navy ship. What's more, it joins two other uptown spots with amazing views of the Hudson.

4. Take a forest bath. Searching for a perfect spot to totally submerge yourself in nature? Look no further than the Ravine in Central Park's North Woods, featuring a lush forest, a soothing waterfall and a romantic stone arch.

5. Walk to a neighborhood ice cream spot. Is there anything more summery than a leisurely stroll to a local spot serving up frozen treats? Most on TCU's list make their own.

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