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Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

1. Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

Discover an iconic scene often captured in film and photographs, beautifully dressed women with impressive hats in Harlem heading to church for Sunday worship. But, see more than fashion or a show, Harlem congregants consider church worship and church family an integral part of life and a source of weekly spiritual sustenance. Sunday Gospel in Harlem invites you to be a part of this custom by respectfully joining a local church family for an hour of worship including gospel. Learn neighborhood history and importance of houses of worship. Visit a local church and participate in gospel worship with parishioners. Enjoy a sense of community and cameraderie. See former residences of some of Harlem's notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 40 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square North - Corner of 57th St & 7th Ave Stop 2 - Times Square South - 7th Ave Stop 3 - Macys Stop 4 - Empire State Building 1 - 34th St between 5th & 6th Ave Stop 5 - Empire State Building 2 - 32nd St & 5th Ave Stop 6 - Flatiron District - 22nd St & 5th Ave Stop 7 - Union Square Stop 8 - Greenwich Village Stop 9 - SoHo - Corner of Spring St. & Broadway Stop 10 - Chinatown/Little Italy Stop 11 - City Hall / World Trade / Brooklyn Bridge / 9/11 Tribute Museum - Broadway between Rector St. & Exchange Place Stop 12 - Battery Park / Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty Ferry - State St & Bridge St Stop 13 - South Street Seaport Stop 14 - Lower East Side Stop 15 - East Village Stop 16 - United Nations Stop 17 - Waldorf Astoria Hotel Stop 18 - Rockefeller Center / Radio City Stop 19 - Winter Garden Theatre Stop 20 - Central Park Stop 21 - Park Central Hotel Uptown Loop Stop 19: Winter Garden Theater Stop 20: Hell's Kitchen - 42nd St & 8th Ave Stop 21: Restaurant Row Stop 22: Theatre District South - 50th St & 8th Ave Stop 23: Theatre District North - 55th St & 8th Ave Stop 24: Columbus Circle Stop 25: Lincoln Center Stop 26: The Dakota / Strawberry Fields Stop 27: American Museum of Natural History Stop 28: Quality Inn/Hotel Newton  Stop 29: Upper West Side - 104th St & Central Park W Stop 30: Cathedral of St John the Divine Stop 31: Grant's Tomb Stop 32: Apollo Theater Stop 33: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Stop 34: Museum of the City of New York Stop 35: Smithsonian Museum of Design/Jewish Museum  Stop 36: Guggenheim Museum  Stop 37: Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 38: Frick Collection Stop 39: Central Park Zoo  Stop 40: Central Park - South between 5th & 6th Ave. Stop 41: Park Central Hotel

From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

3. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Traveling by comfortable motor coach and accompanied by your professional, licensed NYC bilingual tour guide, your day will start in the borough of Manhattan, known as “the city”, with a ride through Harlem in Upper Manhattan. You’ll learn about the development of this diverse neighborhood and see historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerland, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and many others. Next, you’ll travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you’ll see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You’ll pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, with its many beautiful homes, and visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterwards, you’ll head down to world famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return into Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

New York: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

4. New York: 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.

Harlem Jazz Series Concert Ticket

5. Harlem Jazz Series Concert Ticket

Listen as the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church in Harlem plays host to some of today's most talented jazz musicians while paying tribute to history's greatest jazz music. Experience the cool vibrations of jazz as they soothe and invigorate by seemingly magical strings and horns. This 45-minute concert is an event for all of the senses, and it is meant to be both mentally and spiritually uplifting. The series is artistically directed and hosted by Craig Harris. When Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. He has performed with the top progressive jazz figures and his own projects have brought him far beyond the confines of the jazz world into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator and artistic director.

New York: Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour

6. New York: Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Cruise through Harlem and get to know this culturally-rich neighborhood’s history. Meet your guide near Central Park North and bike to the Columbia University campus. Admire the well-kept grounds of one the United States’ most prestigious universities.   Visit the Croton Aqueduct Gate House one of Harlem’s many historic building. Pedal down Strivers Row. Many of Harlem's most famous residents have lived on this row of architecturally exquisite townhouses, including jazz pianist Eubie Blake, boxer Harry Wills, and actor/singer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Look south and see enjoy views of New York City’s iconic skyline. Ride through the historic Hamilton Heights district and see the Hamilton Grange house. This historic home was once the residence of founding father Alexander Hamilton and is now a museum which chronicles his life. Travel past the Schomburg Library. Pause and reflect at the Harriet Tubman statue. End your tour at the Malcolm X Mosque before returning to Central Park North.

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

7. 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!

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

8. 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: Harlem Jazz Crawl Tour

9. New York: Harlem Jazz Crawl Tour

Delve into the Harlem Jazz world on an unforgettable tour through one of New York's most fascinating neighborhoods. Go sightseeing in Harlem's historic jazz district, and learn the history of the area as you move from one club to the next. Meet in a conveniently located Harlem location near the subway line. Visit two neighborhood joints to indulge in great music so you can understand a variety of styles and atmospheres that exist in Harlem today. Want to have dinner or sample local cuisine? No problem, dinner or appetizers can be arranged at the first club you visit. Drinks are available for purchase at each venue. The best has been saved for last: if you're a musician or singer, you can actually perform at one of the clubs you visit! There's nothing more exciting for the group than to have a talented member of the audience get up on stage and jam with the band.

New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

10. New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

Travel to uptown New York for a glorious brunch tour, and experience the uplifting sounds of live gospel music in one of Harlem's more prominent houses of worship. The 4-hour walking tour leads you through the Mount Morris Historic District, where the abundant churches are rich in history, and where the Founding Fathers made their homes. Some of the best-known musicians and entertainers started their journey here. The Sunday morning tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best, with the soulful sounds of Black Gospel Music. Celebrate with world famous congregational choirs whose renowned songs will have you jumping in your seat. Feel the spiritual energy flowing through you, and top off your day with the area's best kept secret - fine dining at affordable prices! Let Harlem's culinary masters tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights at one of the best brunch establishments in the city.

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What people are saying about Harlem

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,350 reviews

Our guide, Jorge, was both entertaining and informative. There was an incident that a lady who was traveling with my group did not anticipate. While at Nathan’s in Coney Island, a man bumped into her with such force that it knocked her to the ground. It was unprovoked and seemed intentional. People around her were shocked that this happened in the open where many people frequent. Fortunately, she was able to continue the trip. All your guides need to make the clients aware of the possible dangers of any public places and the need to be aware of their surroundings.

My daughter and I had a great time on our bike tour with Alex. He was an excellent guide who had a lot of knowledge of Harlem and its history. He allowed plenty of time for us to take photos, buy some corn bread and look for a souvenir t-shirt. Although a 2-hour bike tour may seem like a lot of riding, it was very moderate with lots of stops. We were fitted with very comfortable bikes and helmets and had a great overall experience. I would recommend this tour to others interested in a close up look at the sights of Harlem.

The tour and the tour guide (Jorge) were great, but you need to correct the address of the departure point in your printed and emailed information. You listed the point of departure as being on WEST 42nd Street. That's wrong -- it's EAST 42nd Street. In New York, that makes a big difference! We almost missed the bus!

The tour was very informative. He explained everything down the architecture. The history information was awesome. There were even a lot of little known facts. We really enjoyed it.

Great trip, great guide, great jazz clubs. Will definitely do another trip with Amanda.