Guided tour

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

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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.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the significance of Central Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights era and current development of the area
  • Stroll 125th shopping corridor, visit the African Market, " Little Senegal", and see stately homes and architecture in the historic district
  • Check out the Apollo Theater, Speaker’s Corner, Hotel Theresa and other sites contributing to the rich and diverse history and legacy of Harlem
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Live tour guide
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form

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    Meeting point

    MEETING POINT: Corner of West 145th Street & St Nicholas Avenue, in front of the Capital One Bank. DIRECTIONS: Take the UPTOWN A, D, B, or C subway uptown to W. 145th Street station

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • This is a walking tour. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear
    • This tour focuses on neighborhood history. It does not include a visit to church or music
    • Tour may be moderately difficult for the physically challenged
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 17 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.9/5
    • Service
      4/5
    • Organization
      4.2/5

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    All the best and most beautiful places in Harlem!

    It was a real pleasure spending two hours walking with our guide George. He showed us the beauty of this neighborhood both now and through stories of it’s past. We spent a week walking around NYC but the tour with George was my very favorite. Thank you so much, George!

    April 7, 2019

    March 1, 2020

    Very informative guide was very knowledgeable.

    January 5, 2020

    Product ID: 83247