Harlem has long been synonymous with black culture. In the early 20th century the neighborhood was the setting for African-American-led movements in music, literature, dance and art—collectively known as the Harlem Renaissance—that featured innovators like Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes and Josephine Baker. That legacy is still evident today, especially along the area’s main thoroughfare, 125th Street, which is anchored by the Apollo Theater. Other highlights include art at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and stalwart restaurants like Sylvia’s and Amy Ruth’s (which serve soul food par excellence), as well as newer entries like Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster.
To feast on Harlem’s cultural offerings is to keep the neighborhood’s legacy alive. An evening of entertainment at the world-famous Apollo Theater is best begun with a hearty helping of soul food from a down-home eatery and capped off with a nightcap at an old jazz haunt. Join us in exploring this electric neighborhood just the way history intended.See Highlights
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Founded in 1962, this world-famous Harlem soul food restaurant (think smothered chicken, fried catfish and collard greens) is so popular, it has spawned a line of Sylvia products, from triple-strength hot sauce and canned black-eyed peas to flapjack syrup and peach cobbler mix.
Your 3.5-hour tour of Harlem on Sundays exposes you to New York's center of Afro-American history rich in cultural and political tradition. A highlight of your tour includes a local church service to hear the inspirational sounds of Gospel music known throughout the world. Learn about the Harlem Renaissance in the early 20th century, when black writers, intellectuals and musicians flourished and political movements were born. See the landmarks of Harlem including Sugar Hill, the townhouses of Striver's Row, Sylvan Terrace, the Abyssinian Baptist Church and 125th Street, Harlem’s commercial center. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from select hotels.
Listen to the beautiful, uplifting sounds of a Harlem gospel choir, learn the history of American gospel music, and view the historic sites in the place that has been called the spiritual Capital of Black America: Harlem, USA. Visit iconic Harlem locations including the Apollo Theater and places associated with the Harlem Renaissance, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
Explore the roots of New York City’s street art on this 2-hour guided walking tour through East Harlem. See stencils, larger-than-life murals and other examples of the region’s vibrant and creative outdoor art scene. Learn about street art as expression, rebellion and therapy and what it says about the artists and community from your knowledgeable guide, a professional artist. See iconic landmarks and underground cultural spots on this fascinating foray into New York’s street culture.
<!-- -->Take a guided tour through Harlem to the sites that inspired and nurtured hip-hop culture. New York is the birthplace of hip-hop and this walking tour allows you to take a hip-hop look at New York's famous Harlem neighborhood. See it as the pioneers of hip-hop see it by way of their exclusive anecdotes.
If you're into hip-hop, or want to see another side of NYC, take a tour with one of hip-hop's Grandmasters! Suitable for all ages, this one-of-a-kind experience takes you on an interactive cultural tour of Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx, and reveals the true meaning of hip-hop.
This intimate two hour tour explores Harlem, one of New York City’s most famous neighbors! In an effort to meet visitor interest in Harlem’s evolving renaissance, this tour focuses on its architectural styles, history and people. Lead by a Harlem based scholar in architectural history, you will see some of the most distinguished theaters, religious and residential architecture in the city.
Harlem is home to a variety of diverse cultures and tastes. On this walking tour, you will taste renowned soul food as well as Caribbean and African cuisines at a variety of restaurants. Between tastings, you’ll learn about Harlem’s rich history. It’s the perfect introduction to Harlem—with a list of restaurants and destinations you’ll be eager to visit again. For most guests, enough food is served that a meal afterwards is not needed. Come hungry!
Pay a visit to Harlem, the ethnically diverse borough of New York, on a Wednesday-morning guided tour. On your tour through one of New York City's most vital neighborhoods, you'll hear stories from Harlem's fascinating history and see its famous sights.
Take a tour of Harlem — a center of jazz and bebop music — then dine on soul food and see a jazz show at a famous venue like the Cotton Club. After exploring the historical neighborhood with a professional guide, feast on mouthwatering cuisine such as crispy fried chicken, spicy ribs and cornbread at Sylvia’s restaurant. You’ll relive the high-stepping nights of the 1920s with a jam session at one of Harlem’s hottest clubs. There’s no better way to explore the full range of Harlem's diverse history, music and food!
Spend Sunday morning in Harlem, the ethnically diverse borough of New York. You'll join a local church congregation and experience the soul-stirring power of gospel music on this special visit to one of New York City's most vital neighborhoods.
Choose from three exciting itineraries over 4, 6 and 8 hours and enjoy a comprehensive small-group guided sightseeing tour of New York City by minibus! On all itineraries, you'll experience the sights and sounds of Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan and Upper Manhattan, from Battery Park to Harlem, passing such famous sites as Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Madison Square Garden and Greenwich. For a more in-depth experience, opt for the 6-hour tour and explore Wall Street, the South Street Seaport, One World Trade Center and more by foot, and enjoy a New York Harbor cruise for amazing views of the Statue Liberty. Upgrade to the full-day, 8-hour tour and receive all this plus admission to the observation deck atop Rockefeller Center, where you’ll get incredible panoramic views of the city below. The choice is yours!
The Mama Foundation for the Arts offers "The Harlem Gospel Experience" through its acclaimed productions of shows such as "Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation" and "Sing, Harlem, Sing!" which are presented weekly at Harlem's Dempsey Theater (127 W.)
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At Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, children and their families discover, appreciate and create a world of art and stories.
Casa Frela Gallery emphasizes the rich artistic history of Harlem with exhibitions that draw on the past—like a recent show that examined images of black journalists from antebellum through the civil rights era—as well as the present-day culture of Harlem, which the gallery engages through enterprises like the community-based Art Wall Project of Harlem.
Puerto Rican-born black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg curated this important library—a national research center devoted to collecting and preserving documents that reflect the experiences of people of African descent throughout the world—until his death is 1938.
Stickball—a baseball variation specially developed to be played in busy urban areas that lacked parks and fields—flourished in New York City around the turn of the 20th century, thriving among the City's many immigrant communities.
The Poet’s Den Gallery and Theater hosts art and photo exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, dance performances and dramatic productions—both original works and classics by the likes of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.