Explore several historic and culturally significant districts of Central Harlem on a walking tour designed to immerse you in the rhythm and roots of this interesting and exciting community in its evolution towards a new Harlem renaissance.
What to Expect
Start your tour at an 1882 brownstone in Central Harlem with an introduction to the history of this stately building and the development of the Harlem Community before strolling down the historic Astor Block developed by The Astor Family.
Catch the sense of a more place in time where families and neighbors gathered on front porches set amidst lush lawns, shady trees and blossoming flowers before setting off uptown along Malcolm X Boulevard, formerly Lenox Avenue. View the Lenox Terrace Apartments, a middle class enclave of teaches, doctors and lawyers. On West 135th Street you will tour The Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture, named for Artudo Schomburg, a Black Puerto Rican who started collecting material on the Black experience after a teacher told him that Blacks had no culture.
Other stops on the tour include Strivers’ Row, once called Doctors’ Row because many doctors had their offices located there. Strivers’ Row is notable for its back alley service road designed for use by tradesmen, domestic help, and refuse collectors who served the early residents of this upscale neighborhood.
Next, travel up the main drag: West 125th Street, to see and learn about the Studio Museum, the Apollo Theater and the statue of Adam Clayton Powell. Jr., the first Black man from Harlem elected to Congress. Additional tour features include Marcus Garvey Park, and the statues of Mother Hale and Harriet Tubman.
- Professional Tour Guide, tour, brochure, entrance to Schomburg Center
What's Not Included
- Gratuities, food and drink
Know Before You Go
The tour runs rain, shine or snow