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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.
Then, for a truly Harlem experience, join the ARC Gospel Choir for their mid-week songs of praise and share the beauty of the sound and the joy of the occasion.
If you have the time, take the 'Harlem on Wednesday with Lunch' option and end your tour with some comforting family-style 'soul food'.
Harlem Gospel Tour: 4 hours
Harlem Gospel Tour with Lunch: 5 hours 30 minutes
Please make your way to 690, Eighth Avenue (between 43rd and 44th Streets), New York, NY 10036 (located at Times Square).
Please report at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point
The tour starts from 690 Eighth Avenue (between 43rd and 44th Streets) New York, NY 10036. You will travel in a deluxe AC motor coach. There will be 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 the 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.
ARC stands for Addicts Rehabilitation Center, the oldest drug-free treatment program center in New York State. The ARC Gospel choir was formed to help finance treatments for the people in the community to recover from drugs.
This is the end of the guided tour however you have the option to add a delicious family-style African American ‘soul food’ lunch at a local Harlem restaurant.
It is essential that you call the activity operator 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming your booking and departure details.
You will need to exchange your voucher 30 minutes before the scheduled departure. If you arrive in NYC a day prior it is advisable to collect the voucher in advance.
The Local Activity Operators office is located at Times Square at 690, 8th Avenue between 43 and 44th Streets, 2nd floor.
The opening hours are Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday 8:00am – 3:00pm.
Proper dress is required to attend the church service: no shorts or tank tops will be accepted.
The actual tour was very good. The tour guide was amazing, very informative and gave so much information for about. 2 hours non stop! We opted to take the brunch option but we...mrs valerie e banks, United Kingdom, 28/Oct/2012