Follow the fascinating story of Harlem with its many ups and downs, triumphs and struggles. Hear about its famous sons and daughters like Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith. As you stroll through the residential areas and view the historic sights, you’ll learn how the neighborhood became a wellspring of African American culture and how it nurtured the great artistic and musical movements of the 1920s.
If you have the time, take the 'Harlem on Wednesday with Lunch' option and end your tour with some comforting family-style 'soul food'.
About the Supplier
Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions Group allow tourists to soak in the local flavor, and experience the exciting diversity of New York with their specially curated New York City Tours led by expert local guides.
Here's the plan...
Tours are conducted in deluxe AC motor coaches and there are stops for photo-opportunities and short walks.
Harlem has a fascinating story to tell. First inhabited by the fierce Manhattan tribe of Native Americans, it was colonized by Dutch and later became an elegant retreat for rich New Yorkers. You will hear about its decline in the 19th century, and how in the early 20th century it became a center for black people moving north to escape the Southern 'Jim Crow' culture.
You'll learn about the remarkable flowering of black culture in the 1920s. Known as the 'Harlem Renaissance', it was spearheaded by notables such as writer Langston Hughes, painter Aaron Douglas, and sculptor Augusta Savage.
In the 20s and 30s, Harlem was the center of New York's nightlife. Musical titans such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, and Bessie Smith lived in Harlem and performed at local nightspots.
You'll also hear of troubled times in the 1960s and 70s, and of today's community full of pride and self-confidence.
Stroll through the elegant enclave of Sugar Hill, where famous musicians like Duke Ellington once lived. You will see the legendary Apollo Theater, one of the most famous music halls in the US and the club most associated with African-American performers, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Then, for a truly special experience, join the renowned ARC Gospel Choir during their mid-week hour of power. Witness the beautiful acapella sounds and hear the powerful voices singing songs of praise.
4 hours; 5.5 hours (with lunch)
Please make your way to 690, Eighth Avenue (between 43rd and 44th Streets), New York, NY 10036 (located at Times Square).
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 30 mins early.
Times Square area
Voucher Type: Paper
Dress Code: Shoulders and knees must be covered.
Always keep a photo ID handy for security checks.
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