Historic Harlem


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

A local's tour of the legendary community.

Harlem is a legendary place - a cradle of art, literature, and music that transformed global culture. Now, after decades as a notorious ghetto, Harlem is experiencing a new renaissance.

Join me, a resident of Harlem, for an insider's tour of the community. We'll stroll Harlem's streets, exploring its beautiful brownstones and remnants of its fabled past. Historic sites we'll see include Strivers' Row, Abyssinian Baptist Church, the original "Swing Street, " and the Hotel Theresa, a centre of the Civil Rights Movement.

As we explore, I'll share tales of Harlem's illustrious past - days of the "Harlem Renaissance" and nights in the Cotton Club. And we'll celebrate Harlemites like Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Malcolm X and Maya Angelou.

We'll also experience contemporary Harlem - community gardens, vibrant street art, boutiques, music venues, and superb food.

Of course, no trip to Harlem is complete without a visit to 125th Street, its commercial heart, and home to the legendary Apollo Theater.


Historic brownstones of Mount Morris
Schoenberg Center for Black Culture
Abyssinian Baptist Church
Strivers' Row
Harlem YMCA
The original "Swing Street"
Site of the Lafayette Theater
125th Street
Adam Clayton Powell Plaza
Hotel Theresa
Apollo Theater
Studio Museum of Harlem (outside)
Street art and subway murals.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Southeast corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. Just outside the 125th St. subway station for the #2 and #3 lines.

End location: 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.

Duration: 3 hours


Walking and public transportation. A taxi or Uber can be arranged upon request.

What’s Included

Other: A local, expert guide to provide in-depth commentary.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

3 USA - One subway ride. However, guests may want to have additional funds for discretionary items, like food, beverage or souvenirs.

What’s Extra

Other: - Food or beverages
- One transit ride between sites ($2.75)
- Fares or transportation to/from Harlem.


Like most New Yorkers, I do not drive.

The best way to experience NYC is walking its streets and neighbourhoods. Tours are designed for exploration on foot, using public transportation or taxis/Uber as needed. A driver can be arranged upon request.

A Recent Review of this tour

We had a great day in Harlem. Jeff was very great guide and new Harlem well. Thanks Jeff
RoseAnn Magdaleno

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