Explore storied Harlem, the beating heart of African-American culture, on this half-day walking tour of landmarks, attractions, the New Harlem Renaissance, and gospel music. Sway to the rhythms of this exciting Manhattan neighborhood.
What to Expect
Begin your discovery of the Harlem Renaissance as you step back in time through the portals of a stately circa 1882 brownstone located in the heart of America’s most storied African-American neighborhood, Harlem.
Departing from the brownstone in the care of a knowledgeable guide, your walking tour takes you out into the neighborhood where you will learn the history and lore surrounding the famous characters, locations, and events that comprise the rich tapestry of African-American culture in Harlem.
Hear the inspiring stories of Clara McBride Hale, known as “Mother Hale,” an American humanitarian who founded the Hale House Center, a home for unwanted children and children who were born addicted to drugs or with AIDS and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the first black politician from Harlem to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Moving on to 125th Street, brings your tour into the precincts of the famous Apollo Theater where musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Ella Fitzgerald thrilled sold-out crowds of music lovers and launched careers that planted the roots of the soul, rock, hip-hop, and funk musical genres deep in the cultural consciousness of America and the broader world.
From the popular to the sublime, the final leg of this inspirational tour of Harlem takes you to a neighborhood church where you will participate in an uplifting service characterized by the dominant vocal harmonies and syncopated rhythms characteristic of American Gospel music.
- Professional tour guide
- Donation to the church
- Coffee, tea and sweets
- Informational brochure
- Harlem Studio Museum
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
Your tour starts at the historical 1882 brownstone located at: at 129 W. 130th Street, Harlem.
Know Before You Go
This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.