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Welcome to Harlem

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Address: 2360 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Suite D, New York City, NY 10027
Phone Number: 212-662-7779
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Description: Welcome to Harlem is a premier tour company and visitor center in Harlem...
Welcome to Harlem is a premier tour company and visitor center in Harlem, located just around the corner from the famous Apollo Theater. We are well known for our gospel and brunch, walking, shopping, soul food and jazz tours in Harlem. Using our intimate knowledge of Harlem and all it has to offer we are able to tailor distinctive tour itineraries for the perfectly personal out-of-the-ordinary Harlem experience that city-wide tours just simply can't offer.
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Evening Harlem Jazz Tour
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Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

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A highlight of my trip to New York

Just got back from a Welcome to Harlem Jazz tour with the superb guide Carolyn Johnson , who lives in and loves Harlem This opened our eyes to a most incredible and vibrant part... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Just got back from a Welcome to Harlem Jazz tour with the superb guide Carolyn Johnson , who lives in and loves Harlem This opened our eyes to a most incredible and vibrant part of NY It felt safe, fun and real Jazz you could feel and people so welcoming Highly recommended SIX stars would the right review Book now... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Me and a friend took this tour on Sat, Aug 15, not knowing what to expect. Well, the guide Caroline was a walking encyclopedia of all things Harlem! She was witty, knowledgeable, engaging and patient when asking her tons of questions. She took her time as she showed me, a friend and another couple the special sites and sounds of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This guided walk was wonderful from beginning to end. My guide was extremely knowledgeable as well as passionate about Harlem, so not only did I get the tourist's view, I got to hear some of the issues facing the residents. I will be back here next time!

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Mook, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Our guide Cheryl took me and my 2 girls (15 and 16) on a walking tour through Harlem. We loved it!! She told us a lot about the history, espacially of the history of music in Harlem. We also went to 2 nice bars where there were jazzmusisians playing. At the second bar the people knew Cheryl, so the musisians... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

Thank you! Our guide was as detailed about the historic stories as anyone could have been and our tour was aggrandized by her enthusiasm. If your`re in NYC, do yourself a favor and take a tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We took a nice walking tour of Harlem and learned so much! Our tour guide Cheryl was very knowedgable about the neighborhood and its rich history. I have a deeper appreciation for Harlem because of the wonderful and meaningful stories that were shared along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I'm a native New Yorker, but when I go uptown I have to get my bearings. Ms. Jenkins gives a tour that has history the Harlem with a combination of architecture and how the named streets relate to the numbered streets downtown.It's given at an even pace so you don't feel rushed. i'm going to go back for her other... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I was invited to Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor Series by Caroline Jenkins, owner of Welcome to Harlem. I entered, to my right in the corner was the drums, the bass guitar I'd seen in the window and the keyboard. I hurried to my seat in the second, no third row. After a few minutes, the lady next to me... More 

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Carolyn J, Owner at Welcome to Harlem, responded to this review

Hi Laydie J, Thank you for the wonderful review. That performance was out kick off -:). We decided to do these intimate performances so individuals could enjoy a jazz performance and also have a chance to see the interiors of these fabulous brownstones that they only get to see from the outside. The Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor will be... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I live in NYC and like to learn about and explore new areas. The tour was almost tailor-made for those of us on it; very comfortably paced with lots of information about history, architecture, and politics included, Cheryl knew her neighborhood and could answer and expand on almost anything we asked. This is the second tour I have taken with... More 

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Leicester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We attended this lunchtime concert on our last day in the city and it proved to be a highlight of our week's stay. Ted Daniel is a renowned world-class trumpeter (and cornet player) with a first class group who played an unhackneyed repertoire superbly. It was a joy to meet another of my musical heroes- Craig Harris- who was hosting... More 

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Carolyn J, Owner at Welcome to Harlem, responded to this review

Hi Alan, I am glad that you enjoyed the performance at the Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series by Ted Daniel. We are trying to bring world class jazz music to the public at an affordable price during the day. Craig and I were glad that you were able to snag a copy signed copy of Souls Within the Veil. I am... More 

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Harlem
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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