The legendary borough of Harlem has been famous in New York City since the 1920s, when the Harlem Renaissance brought about a cultural revolution among African-Americans in New York with a focus on the arts. Today Harlem is an increasingly gentrified area of classic brownstone townhouses, iconic jazz clubs, churches, cultural centers, cocktail lounges and soul food restaurants.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (125th Street) is Harlem’s main roadway. The neighborhood's slew of sights include the Apollo Theater, the Studio Museum, the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Striver's Row, Astor Row and the Museum of the City of New York.

Take a local-led walking tour, catch amateur night at the Apollo Theater on a Wednesday, order up some soul food at Sylvia's on Lennox Avenue or listen to the glorious sound of full-throated gospel at the Abyssinian Baptist Church on a Sunday.

Practical Info

Bordered by the Hudson and East rivers, Harlem runs from the northern edge of Central Park all the way up to Washington Heights. There are subway stations on 125th Street.

Tours & Tickets

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Harlem Sunday-Morning Gospel Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 438 Reviews

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

From USD $58.99

New York Hip-Hop Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours
Saturdays only May-November: 3 hours

From USD $74.99

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 - 6 hours

From USD $58.99

Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $175.00

Harlem Historical Food Tour

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $75.00

Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $31.99

East Harlem Street Art Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $35.00

Harlem Historic Faces and Places Architecture Tour

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $45.00

Harlem Sunday-Morning Gospel Tour with Japanese Guide

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $61.00

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