There are two generally accepted methods of experiencing a new area: book a tour or eat a tour book. Get a taste of Harlem with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a neighborhood walking tour from Welcome to Harlem (a $25 value).
Helmed by past and present Harlemites, Welcome to Harlem guides visitors on a 90-minute walking tour that highlights the antiquated architecture, picturesque parks, and bustling haunts of the history-heavy district. Guides share their intimate knowledge of Harlem, infusing sidewalk excursions with personal yarns and interesting factoids. Fill your peepers with views of Doctors' Row, significant churches, and one of New York City's first public libraries, where books from all over the world congregated after landing at Ellis Island in search of a better life and gentler librarians. Additionally, walkers will take in legendary nightlife ziggurats such as the Victoria 5 Movie House, the Lenox Lounge, and the Apollo Theater. Although there is no stated guarantee, Welcome to Harlem does its best to finagle visitors inside many of the tour's famous establishments for an up-close look.
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Welcome to Harlem
Harlem’s illustrious past and multifaceted present open up to tourists courtesy of Welcome to Harlem’s knowledgeable guides, all of whom are residents of the neighborhood. Day and evening tours are organized by interest, showcasing culinary hot spots, historic jazz venues, stunning architecture, shopping destinations, or rollicking church services. Landmarks such as the legendary Apollo Theater, Columbia University, and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine open up to guests, providing a casual, intimate view that can’t be attained on an unaccompanied stroll or while being chased by a clown car.