We All Scream for Ice Cream

Boo, the end of the summer is quickly approaching. This means cramming as much beach, park, swimming, and barbecuing as possible. But most importantly, the end of summer is about inhaling ice cream. What better place or time to do it than at the New Amsterdam Market’s Third Annual Ice Cream Sunday, this weekend.

From noon to 4pm, the famous market hosts this frozen fest as a way to raise money, and fill your bellies. This year it’s taking place at the Old Fulton Fish Market on South Street, between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, and you can get tickets for $35. After that, it’s ice cream mania with treats made by Marlow & Sons, Rouge Tomate, Il Buco, Steve’s Ice Cream, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and more.

If you can’t make the ice cream extravaganza this weekend, it doesn’t mean you can’t completely indulge another day. Forget Mr. Softee and head to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and try odd flavors of the dessert like red bean, almond cookie, and durian. Big Gay Ice Cream is another place serving unusual combinations like the Bea Arthur with duce de leche and crushed vanilla wafers, the Cococone with curried coconut, and the American Globs with pretzels. For more traditionally frozen treats, Blue Marble in Cobble Hill and Prospects Heights or the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in DUMBO are good ways to go. Also in Brooklyn, the General Greene’s ice cream shop has a rich array of flavors, but the best thing to get is their intense banana split. It’s the end of summer after all, soon there will be no more beach bode to worry about so you might as well go out with a creamy, sweet, bang.