Harlem Gospel Wednesday Afternoon Tour - New York City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    4:30pm
  • Departure Details :
    Sheraton New York Fitness Center, 811 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Spend an afternoon discoveringHarlem on this guided, 4-hour tour. Harlem has evolved from its foundation as a Dutch farming community to the modern-day capital of Black America from the Harlem Renaissance to the dark days of the 70s to todays real estate boom. The tour, narrated in two languages (English and German or Italian and Spanish), will include stops at Sugar Hill, Morningside Heights, the Apollo Theater, Sylvan Terrace, and other relevant points of the fabled neighborhood. Finally, visit a Church and attend a true Gospel mass.

Highlights

Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

Fully narrated tour

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This entertaining and educational tour of the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem begins at the Sheraton New York

Harlem was founded in the second half of 1600 as a Dutch farming community. The settlement grew enormously during the first great wave of migration at the turn of the 19th Century. Between 1880 and 1920, large numbers of immigrants, especially Italians and Jews, arrived at Ellis island and settled in New York. Remember two dates for the development of Harlem: 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery with an executive order, and the financial crisis of 1904.

African-American real estate entrepreneur Philip Peyton purchased a row of tenements on 133rd Street through his Afro-American Realty Company. Street renting against prejudice to the newly emancipated black population was an enormous success. By 1913, there were over 60,000 African-Americans living in Harlem and more were coming to Create the spiritual home of black America.

The narration will go through the Prohibition years, the Harlem Renaissance, the degradation of the 70s, and the recent recovery in the 90s. This afternoon tour will explore the historic district of Sugar Hill, Convent Avenue, Hamilton Grange, and Sylvan Terrace. Also, see the Apollo Theatre, Hotel Theresa on 125th Street, and President Bill Clintons office.

Finally, go to a Baptist church to attend a true Gospel Mass. The tour will end at the meeting point around 8:30pm. The tour itinerary can be subject to change due to unexpected traffic and weather conditions.

Inclusions

Bilingual live commentary on board (choose between English and German OR Italian and Spanish)

Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting point

Authentic Gospel mass included in tour

Exclusions

Meals, beverages, admissions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Most travelers can participate

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operated by a multilingual guide (English and German or Italian and Spanish)

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Traveler Reviews

  • 20-Aug-2017

    Our guide was great - we were able to really take advantage of the sights despite a torrential down pour!
    We toured Columbia University, saw some beautiful churches, stopped to see the brownstones and pose at Maya Angelou's former home, checked out some Hamilton, Washington and Burr haunts. My only complaint was the gospel choir portion- very little music our night and the pastor focused on allowing 2 members of congregation discuss how they became saved. 1 actually converted from Islam and her condemnation of her prior religion and description of her miserable existence before claiming Christianity was a bit uncomfortable as the majority of the audience were tourists as was the repetitive attempts to get the audience to come forward and seek to be born again

  • 06-Mar-2017

    We're from Australia and we took the tour mid Dec 2017. We really wanted to see Harlem, and the only day we had available was for the Wednesday afternoon tour. Due to the time of year, after an hour or so, it became dark, so it was difficult to get a really good view of everything. We were a family of four adults on the tour, so it was quite expensive for all of us. Fortunately, we had our guide to ourselves, and she was very pleasant and articulate, no complaints there. In regard to the actual church service and singing, the congregation was very welcoming of us, however their attendance was low. In my opinion we had to sit through it for too long as the singing was more like chanting and quite repetitious. The highlight of the tour was visiting the gardens of Columbia University, despite it being dark. Overall, we were glad we did the tour as it gave us a bigger perspective of Manhattan than we had had previously.