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New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Guided Tour

1. New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Guided Tour

Take an inspiring Sunday tour of Harlem to learn the history of the neighborhood, from its origins as a rural Dutch farming community to its transformation into a summer retreat for New York's most prominent families. Hear how public transportation and real estate made Harlem a fashionable district for those fleeing congested Lower Manhattan. Learn about the arrival of African Americans from the southern states during the Great Migration, and how they formed communities to collectively address economic, political and social issues.  Pass landmarks such as Columbia University, the Cotton Club and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, to name just a few. Discover where Duke Ellington lived on 125th Street, and then join a local congregation for their Sunday service and experience the uplifting power of gospel music.

NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

2. NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

Experience New York City beyond Manhattan on this contrasts and color themed bus tour that visits Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Learn about the art, history, and culture of the city alongside a NYC expert guide. Start your tour in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. Meet your guide and board the tour bus to the historic Harlem neighborhood, famous for its African American roots, food, and more. After a stop at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame, continue to the Bronx, birthplace of hip hop and rap. See Yankees Stadium and learn about baseball in the city. Head off to see graffiti murals unique to this borough. Next, visit Queens, the largest borough and home to NYC’s largest Chinatown. Stop to see Flushing Meadows Corona Park, originally developed to host the 1939 World’s Fair and then the 1946 World’s Fair. See memorable monuments, Citi Field, and other spots at this scenic park. Leaving Queens, travel to Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, currently NYC’s most prolific neighborhood for street art and graffiti murals. It’s a foodie destination, too, so take a break and grab some food if you’re hungry. In Brooklyn, see the distinct shops, fashion, and eateries of the Hasidic Jewish community that is currently thriving in Williamsburg. Get a chance to appreciate their unique culture. Moving on, from the Dumbo neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park, see the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time it was built. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline. End your tour in Little Italy. Enjoy this lively cultural district while exploring on your own. Grab dinner, go shopping, or find something else to do to your liking.

New York City Harlem Highlights w/ Gospel Concert & Transfer

3. New York City Harlem Highlights w/ Gospel Concert & Transfer

Fill your heart with joy on an incredible tour of Harlem and discover New York City's most exciting neighborhood. Learn its origins as a rural Dutch farming community to its transformation into a summer retreat for the city's most prominent families.  Get an insight into how urban black culture developed following the Great Migration of the early 20th century by African Americans from the southern states. Hear how artists and writers flocked to the area to create the rich cultural landscape of the Harlem Renaissance.  See iconic sights, such as the Apollo Theatre, legendary Cotton Club, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Duke Ellington's former apartment. Visit some of Manhattan's oldest homes such as the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Lastly, listen to the beautiful sounds of the ARC Gospel Choir at their mid-week concert and be inspired by their powerful songs of praise.

From Manhattan: Birthplace of Hip-Hop Bus Tour

4. From Manhattan: Birthplace of Hip-Hop Bus Tour

This Hip-Hop Tour aims to educate and entertain guests in the history of hip-hop, showing the evolution of a truly New York art form through the eyes of actual artists. Each jam-filled bus journey is led by pioneers, including but not limited to GrandMaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers), Kurtis Blow, Rahiem (Furious Five), and Reggie Reg (Crash Crew). These artists take you through their old stomping grounds while sharing personal stories and anecdotes as only a pre-"old-school" rhyme master could. Follow in their footsteps with photo-friendly pit stops at the legendary Apollo Theater and an array of clubs. This tour cruises through Manhattan and the Bronx, explaining the movement in its formative years and showing how it took its baby steps. Join the musical journey through the birthplace of hip-hop and explore over 3 decades of history.

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

5. Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

Considered the "Mecca" for African-Americans at the turn of the century, Central Harlem is home to jazz, lindy hop and swing. The area continues to be one of Harlem’s most vibrant for the arts, dining and shopping. You can learn about the significance of Central Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights era and current development of area, so that you know about the history and get more of a feel for the area you're strolling around in. Take a wonder along 125th shopping corridor, visit the African Market – "Little Senegal", and see stately homes and architecture in the historic district. Also, see and learn about the Apollo Theater, Speaker’s Corner, Hotel Theresa and other sites contributing to the rich and diverse history and legacy of Harlem.

New York City: Walk This Way Harlem Hip Hop Walking Tour

6. New York City: Walk This Way Harlem Hip Hop Walking Tour

Take advantage of a great opportunity to walk through the beautiful streets of Harlem guided by a hip hop historian. Take a guided tour through the Mecca of Black Culture and get a chance to stop by many of the city's most remarkable sites. See the Apollo Theater, the legendary 125th Street, and many other influential political and cultural sites the Empire State has to offer. Not only will you walk around, but the Museum of the City of New York is a must-see and your pass is good all day. If you're ready to be out and about in the heart of New York City, then Walk This Way for a knowledgeable experience guaranteed!

New York City: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

7. New York City: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

Embark on a journey through present-day Harlem to see the people and places that helped create the Harlem Renaissance, and discover why this period in American history was so magical and important for African-American culture. During the 3-hour walking tour, you will discover where Jungle Alley was, and learn why 135th Street was such a crucial area during the Harlem Renaissance. Along the way, see wonderful theaters, ballrooms, and churches that were jumping during the Renaissance. Your guide will bring the history alive as they tell stories of the most influential individuals, from the writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neal Hurston, to jazz legends such as Duke Ellington. Hear about the cook Lillian Harris Dean and why she took the name “Pig Foot Mary.” Discover how Madame CJ Walker made her millions, and explore Harlem in art form via the artist Jacob Lawrence and photographer James Van Der Zee. Once the walking tour comes to a close, you will be treated to a delicious lunch at a local restaurant to experience life in Harlem today.

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What people are saying about Apollo Theater

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4.5 / 5

based on 295 reviews

Really good trip led by Lewis who was an absolutely excellent young tour guide who knew his home city so well. A refreshing change to have a tour guide who is so in touch with today. Will definitely be recommending this particular trip to friends and family.

It was a super fun and educational experience. Our guide was informed, entertaining, a great teacher of Harlem culture and history but most importantly a caring human being who made the outing delightful and meaningful.

Louie was amazing and very knowledgeable. My husband and I really enjoyed the tour and we got to see so much of the city.

Doris was absolutely wonderful and her knowledge and history of the area was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience

Jonathan was as lovely and relational as he was knowledgeable.