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Harlem

110th to 150th streets, 10027

The Basics

Many tourists in New York City find themselves strolling the streets of Harlem. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (125th Street), Harlem’s main thoroughfare, holds many of the area’s top attractions including the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum in Harlem. But to really get to know this part of Upper Manhattan, explore in the company of a tour guide. Walking tours focus on different aspects of its musical heritage—think hip-hop, Harlem gospel, and jazz—as well as Harlem’s history.

Other Harlem tours revolve around food, movie and TV filming locations, and the district’s swing-dance scene. Many tours make stops at notable religious structures, including the as-yet-unfinished Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the lively Abyssinian Baptist Church, and the Rockefeller-built Riverside Church.

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Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
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Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
star-4.5
$75.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Outstanding tour guide
Emmanuel was an OUTSTANDING tour guide. Good tour! Suggest others take this tour if Emmanuel is the guide.
Lori_J, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Highly recommended.
Martha_R, Nov 2021
Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour
I learned so much about the Civil Rights history of Harlem along with fascinating aspects of its economic and cultural history. A great experience. Neal knows the community so well.
star-4
Don't waste your time.
Lalita_W, Nov 2021
Harlem Sightseeing Tour
What can I say about tour? Well, our tour guide(Jack)was very knowledgeable about the history of Harlem. He pointed out various sights and neighborhoods and provided us with the history of those sites. He was also very considerate and accommodating in slowing his pace for those that struggled with the walk. But now for the tour itself, I was very disappointed because the sites that I wanted to see no longer exist. So I spent 3 hours walking around in the ghetto.
star-5
Amazing
Natasha_B, Oct 2021
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
Awesome! Learned alot about Harlem and it was amazing hanging with one of Hip Hop Legends. Reggie Reg of Crash Crew!
star-4
Bucket list- visit to Harlem NY
Leslye_A, Oct 2021
Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour
I enjoyed walking thru the park where Summer of Soul was filmed. I loved the vendors selling vintage books. I am excited that a Contemporary African American Art Museum is under construction and a large hotel. I loved being able to see the Empire State Building from Harlem. I wish the brunch offered Soul Food, but it didn’t.
star-5
Don’t Miss This Historical Treat
Helaine_S, Sep 2021
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
The most memorable parts of the tour were Spanish Harlem and Black Lives Matter. Reggie is a hip hop historian and is able to transport you back to that place in time as he shares the stories of hip hop history.
star-5
Great Day with Carolyn
Carol_G, Sep 2021
Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ Lunch
Learned so much about Harlem then and now! Carolyn was GREAT! We saw historical spots, learned many things about Harlam’s history as well as what is happening there today
star-5
Amazing tour of Harlem
Marla_G, Sep 2021
Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide
Monia Bonaldo was a fantastic tour guide! She had an encyclopedic knowledge of Harlem, the history, and the culture. She was delightful and personable and entertaining.
star-5
Love the Harlem Civil Rights tour
Stephanie_W, Jul 2021
Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour
We loved the civil rights tour through Harlem! Our guide Neil is so personable and a very engaging storyteller. We learned so much about the civil rights (and other) history of Harlem. My teenage son was fascinated with it - one of the highlights of our trip to NYC! Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Excellent tour!
Andre_H, Jul 2021
Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour
Great tour. Excellent and knowledgeable guide. Carolyn was a gem. She lives in Harlem and knows all about it.
star-5
Great tour!
Kelly_W, Jul 2021
Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour
Johannes was great-so informed, easy going and fun-a great way to spend the day! I learned a lot about the history and culture of Harlem which I really appreciated.
star-5
Fantastic Tour
Roberto_S, Oct 2021
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Tour guide knowledge and service, Great plan and bus cleanliness Fully recommended to cover the uptown area
star-5
A great tour with an amazing tour-guide
Michael_W, Sep 2021
Harlem Walking Tour: Mount Morris Park Historic District w/ Lunch
Amazing tour, with such a great guide. Really enjoyed every minute and would recommend for anyone trying to learn more about Harlem. A+

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Harlem is a must-visit for fans of African-American culture.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and expect to do quite a lot of walking, as Harlem covers a relatively large section of Upper Manhattan.

  • Curb ramps are commonplace, making much of Harlem accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Harlem is located in Upper Manhattan. The New York City neighborhood begins at the northern boundary of Central Park between Fifth Avenue and Manhattan Avenue. Harlem’s east-west boundaries widen as you travel north, eventually extending from the Harlem River all the way to the Hudson River. To get to the heart of Harlem, ride the A, B, D, 2, or 3 train to 125th Street.

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When to Get There

Harlem is fun to explore at any time, though the subway trip is probably best avoided during the crowded morning and evening rush hours. On Sundays, you can hear the strains of gospel music emerging from the neighborhood’s many places of worship. Friday and Saturday evenings are best for nightlife.

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Key Historic Sights in Harlem

For a glimpse into the Harlem of old, head for Strivers’ Row, also known as St. Nicholas Historic District. Situated on West 138th and 139th Streets between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards, this row of elegant 19th-century townhouses has been home to countless historic figures including Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake. Harlem also boasts what is arguably New York’s most glorious cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine—an immense stone construction blending Romanesque, Gothic, and neo-Gothic elements.

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