Free Harlem History Tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Alex
Quality Verified Registered on February 06, 2023

I am a licensed tour guide, professional blogger, and active member of the Guides Association of New York City. My passion is New York’s food, history, and culture, and my walking tours are one of a kind NYC experiences! I also created, own, and operate a tour agency called Food Strolls Guided Tours right here in New York City.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Join Alex on a Harlem history tour and follow the neighborhood from the American Revolution to the Harlem Renaissance, and beyond.  We’ll learn how the area transitioned from German, Jewish, and Italian, to America’s most influential Black community.

We’ll visit famous churches, theaters, mansions, and some of NYC’s finest residential architecture.  We’ll also discuss events and places considered central to Black identity in the United States, like the Harlem Cultural Festival and the iconic Apollo Theater.

Eventually, we’ll arrive in “Little Senegal”, NYC’s largest West African community. We’ll talk about contemporary West African migration to the United States, visit several local markets, and meet some business owners in the neighborhood.

Along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities to engage and ask questions.

Tours are casual, flexible, and fun, so bring your curiosity and a comfortable pair of walking shoes!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    334 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031, USA
    334 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031, USA
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    I will be standing at the corner carrying a clear folder full of black and white images.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Hamilton Grange National Memorial
  • 2
    Outside visit
    The Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Apollo Theater
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Strivers' Row
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Central Harlem Historic District

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Louis 19 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Alex truly knows the area and the history past and present- a very enlightening tour. Thank you
Elza 12 Jun 2024
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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Alex is a very profissional guide. He is very interested and gives us lots of interesting information about the history of the place and people. I recommend Alex for sure, you will notice places and persons that you would not without him.
Heike 08 Jun 2024
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
During our New York vacation, we went on four tours with Alex to different neighborhoods and learned so much about the country and its people, the history and development of the different neighborhoods and their culture. Alex is very knowledgeable and can give you endless tips. Thank you for the great tours, they were all a highlight of our vacation. We got to know a very special side of New York. And importantly for us non-native speakers: you can understand Alex really well, he speaks very clearly. Michael & Heike Translated with DeepL.com (free version)
Nicole 26 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Alex ist ein super Guide für die Harlem Tour. Es war eine gute Mischung zwischen den Erzählungen der Geschichte und der Entwicklung des Viertels bis heute!
Jim 10 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Hardworking guide who did his research and put together an interesting, informative and fun walk through Harlem! Highlights not only places of interest but little known facts and details that one would not find without Alex.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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