Harlem

110th to 150th streets, New York City

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Harlem is a large neighborhood in the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Since the 1920s, Harlem has been known as a major African American residential, cultural and business center. Originally a Dutch village, formally organized in 1658, it is named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Harlem's history has been defined by a series of economic boom-and-bust cycles, with significant population shifts accompanying each cycle. Following the Civil War, poor Jews and poor Italians were the predominant demographics in Harlem. African-American residents began to arrive in large numbers in 1905 as part of the Great Migration. In the 1920s and 1930s, Central and West Harlem were the focus of the "Harlem Renaissance", an outpouring of artistic work without precedent in the American black community. However, with job losses in the time of the Great Depression and the deindustrialization of New York City after World War II, rates of crime and poverty increased significantly. Harlem's African-American population peaked in the 1950s. In the second half of the 20th century, Harlem became a major hub of African-American businesses. In 2008, the United States Census found that, for the first time since the 1930s, less than half of the residents were black, comprising only 40% of the population. Since New York City's revival in the late 20th century, Harlem has been experiencing the effects of gentrification and new wealth.
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Harlem tours

New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Create your own sightseeing itinerary with the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour! A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to explore every corner of the Big Apple and, with lively tour guides to keep you entertained and informed, you are sure to learn facts old and new about the city that never...

New York City Guided Sightseeing Tour by Double Decker Bus

Choose from two exciting itineraries over 6 or 8 hours and enjoy a comprehensive small-group guided sightseeing tour of New York City by double decker bus! On both itineraries, you'll experience the sights and sounds of Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan and Upper Manhattan, from Battery Park to...

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Spend Sunday morning in Harlem, the ethnically diverse borough of New York. You'll join a local church congregation and experience the soul-stirring power of gospel music on this special visit to one of New York City's most vital neighborhoods.

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

Pay a visit to Harlem, the ethnically diverse borough of New York, on a Wednesday-morning guided tour. On your tour through one of New York City's most vital neighborhoods, you'll hear stories from Harlem's fascinating history and see its famous sights.

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Harbor Cruise

Design your own itinerary with the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Harbor Cruise. Tickets are valid for 48 hours, allowing you to set your own pace and see as much or as little as you like. There are over 40 stops around the city. For more value, opt for the VIP Pass which upgrades your pass so...

4-hour Harlem Gospel Tour in New York City

Experience the thrills of gospel singing in the heart of Harlem. This is a 4-hour tour of a historic neighborhood in New York City. See Morningside Heights, Columbia University and the Apollo Theater before joining a gospel choir for Mass.

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