Harlem Culture & history

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Harlem: History and Gospel Bus Tour

1. Harlem: History and Gospel Bus Tour

Fill your heart with joy on an incredible tour of Harlem and discover New York City's most exciting neighborhood. Learn about 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, the legendary Cotton Club, the 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.  Part of this tour is listening to a gospel choir singing at a church service or practicing by themselves. Listen to their beautiful singing and be inspired by their powerful songs of praise.

Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration Concert

2. Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration Concert

Add another dimension to your holiday visit to New York and take in an authentic gospel concert in Harlem. Enjoy an unforgettable hour of Black gospel music on December 24th and Christmas Day (December 25th)! This compelling music is sure to have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet, along with all the others in attendance. You may even end up singing along to the soulful rhythms of Black gospel music that will fill the church on these 2 days. The Holiday Gospel Concert will bring joy to your heart and soul. Gospel music is powerfully uplifting and something that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.

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

3. 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 Civil Rights Walking Tour with Lunch

4. New York City: Harlem Civil Rights Walking Tour with Lunch

Walk the streets of Harlem on this guided tour and gain a deeper understanding of its role during the Civil Rights Movement. Visit significant sights and learn about the individuals who protested, marched, fought for, and even died during this monumental time in history. Meet your guide and get ready to walk from 116th Street uptown to the 137th area. Learn about Harlem's proud contribution to the Civil Rights Movement along the way. Hear about the critical events that took place in Harlem, pertinent to the movement. On this tour visit the original Temple No. 7, the Blumstein Department Store, Mother A.M.E. Zion Church, and Abyssinian Baptist Church. Also get to know the pivotal people of this time like Malcolm X, A. Philip Randolph, Josephine Baker, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Roy Wilkins, W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, Wyatt Tee Walker, James Weldon Johnson, John Carlos, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Bayard Rustin, and Paul Robeson. Your tour of Harlem also includes lunch at a local establishment.

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What people are saying about Harlem

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 944 reviews

The only thing is fine, the only capacity they sell more tickets than allowed and in this case on December 25 they did 2 shifts that they could see it planned before and the first shift would not be so overwhelming people sitting on stairs, wooden chairs, in the ground, people standing ...

We were up from Virginia for the Fourth of July. Reggie Reg true Hip Hop Icon as a rapper from the 80s was our tour guide. The tour was amazing and he showed us a lot of culture and hip hop from art, music and history. Great tour.

It was a great experience, we can only recommend it. For us it was one of the biggest highlights in New York, a big thank you to the whole congregation, great dear people. Thanks very much

An unforgettable experience between religious values and entertainment

It is advisable to be there in good time, i.e. before admission.