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Address: 110th to 150th streets, New York City, NY
Phone Number: 9562904512
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Neighborhood covering the north section of Manhattan Island.
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We came for the first time since 1989 when I remember it was a little edgy. Then again so was the whole of New York. Like the rest it's come up in the world since those days and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We came for the first time since 1989 when I remember it was a little edgy. Then again so was the whole of New York. Like the rest it's come up in the world since those days and feels safe place to wander around. More prosperous than it used to be but a world away from the lower part of... More 

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Old Bridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

First time to Harlem, but not to Manhattan for an afternoon musical at Olivia Dempsey Theater on corner of 127th St and Malcolm X Blvd. As soon as you come off on the street after getting off the subway, the wide tree-lined avenues take your breath away and there is none of the massive crowds you get at downtown Manhattan.... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We spent half a day walking through the streets of Harlem - not only chasing well-known landmarks such as monuments, churches and theatres, but just breathing in the history enveloped in this community. You can skip Chinatown - but not Harlem...

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Essex, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
125 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Whilst in NYC for 8 days my girlfriend and I made sure we popped into Harlem for a visit. A lot of tourists always seem to have this underlying stigma of visiting Harlem as it used to have a reputation of being "unsafe" but we found it to be a fun, vibrant and busy area to visit. There are tonnes... More 

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Lakewood, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Took a walking tour of Harlem with Big Onion Tours. Our guide was a professor of history at Columbia and very knowledgable. Fascinating facts and information about Harlem and its buildings, homes, history, and landmarks. I wouldn't have appreciated Harlem without the guided tour. Went in mid-April, when it was still pretty chilly. Great walking weather. After, got coffee and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A lot of things are available in Harlem: beautiful, renovated buildings; charts, cafes and restaurants, art galleries; a lot of friendly people. In the long past, the area was a little hot. It is no longer the case, and a long walk around the area is worth it.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Having read a few posts with regards to safety in Harlem I thought I would just like to say that I have spent a whole day alone walking around taking photos and carrying an expensive camera and not one did I feel vulnerable. Every local I spoke to was more than happy to help me with directions and proud to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Yes, I am a proud product of Harlem, USA. Ironically, the main picture that is used to represent Harlem, is the block where I grew up! Harlem is a wonderful place, with lots of pre-war brownstone buildings to admire. These buildings are beautiful and most have been renovated by the many new residents of the community. In Harlem you will... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Harlem is a neighborhood characterized by African American culture, street vendors, soul food, jazz clubs and gospel lunches among other things. It has been changing quite a bit with the addition of chain stores, gentrification, and remodeling of some buildings. While I've been there several times, this last time I was there, I was surprised to see the many new... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

this place definitely deserves a visit, the town market is buzzing and busy and a great place to be, had good chat with some locals, loved it

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As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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