6 Ways to Enjoy the Last Days of Summer in Harlem and Beyond


6 Ways to Enjoy the Last Days of Summer in Harlem and Beyond
Visitors catching a sunset on the deck of the Baylander.

Summer is coming to a close—and it's all about enjoying being outdoors while you still can.


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. Pick your favorite waterfront view, starting with the one on a decommissioned Navy ship moored in the West Harlem Piers.

2. Cool off in a big, blue pool. Looking for an outdoor pool with river views, a fun 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 supersweet 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 get an ice cream? Most of the destinations on TCU's list even make their own.


5. Listen to free jazz in the park. Jazzmobile's annual Summerfest—which includes free concerts on Wednesdays in front of Grant's Tomb and Fridays in Marcus Garvey Park—runs this year through August 31.


6. Go roller skating. The outdoor roller rink at Riverbank State Park charges only $2 for admission, offers skate rentals ($6), and is open six days a week until September 11—what more could you ask for?


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