Guided tour

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

From US$ 25 per person

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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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
  • Guided tour by licensed tour guide and Harlem resident
  • Gratuities (optional, but appreciated)

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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

4.9 /5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

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

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the guide was very passionate and knowledgeable, it was nice to walk around the neighborhood discovering little hidden gems. The tour is of the right duration and although it is a walking tour it is not long and not tired. The only flaw is that it should be indicated that the end of the experience is not at the starting point, but only to be able to organize the rest of the day in an optimal way. The Haarlem district is worth seeing and getting to know through small anecdotes and stories that could not be discovered without a guide. Our guide also conveyed passion for what he was doing

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August 22, 2022

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

Very good and already recommended to others.

June 12, 2022

Product ID: 83247