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Harlem Heritage Tours

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Address: 104 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York City, NY 10026
Phone Number: 212 280-7888
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Description: Harlem Heritage Tours was founded in 1998 to use the industry of tourism...
Harlem Heritage Tours was founded in 1998 to use the industry of tourism as a tool to preserve Harlem's history and to contribute to the development of our local economy. Tours are conducted by those who were born and raised in Harlem, providing visitors with and nsiders view of our culture. Harlem Heritage Tours strives to provide the most innovation experiences in tourism and with the tech advances of modern day, it's been fun to create new tours. We look forward to seeing you in Harlem.
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The highlight of my trip!

I attended this tour with my husband to add some culture and education to our vacation. It was the best ever, who knew an 88 year old man could move so fast. It was clear that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I attended this tour with my husband to add some culture and education to our vacation. It was the best ever, who knew an 88 year old man could move so fast. It was clear that Mr. Andy enjoys what he does, is knowledgeable about the area, and is a kindred spirit. Despite an unruly woman threatening him, because he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Neal Shoemaker took the Columbia journalism students on a tour of Harlem and by the end of the tour, the students were excited to explore the area even more. Neal was super enthusiastic and was willing to answer any questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Neal Shoemaker was super enthusiastic and was able to provide detailed and exciting information about Harlem! Definitely a thumbs up!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I'm a grad student at Columbia University and took a tour with Neal Shoemaker from Harlem Heritage Tours. If you want a real view of Harlem this tour is essential. Neal has a great first-hand perspective of the changes Harlem has gone through and the changes that its still going through.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My parents, two year old daughter, and I had a very enjoyable tour of Harlem with our tour guide, Andi. Andi told us right off the bat that he is 88 (we NEVER would have guessed), and it was all we could do to keep up with him as we walked through the streets of Harlem! I can only hope... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

For those who are interested in the phenomenon that was and continues to be Harlem, walking its changing boulevards with the genial, long-time resident and Harlem historian Andy Owens is a real treat. This sprightly gentleman is 88, but he certainly seemed the youngest member of our 8-person group. His love for his subject is real, and inspires me to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Neal Shoemaker was fantastic and I can't recommend his tour highly enough! He guided us through Harlem's history from the 17th century to 2015 in a fun and accessible, yet intellectually stimulating, way. Neal is obviously a well loved character in the neighbourhood, friends with residents new and old. A recent arrival and pal of Neal's showed us around his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

88 yr old Andi Owens wowed us with his knowledge, passion, and energy. My friend and I were thrilled to be shown the sights by Mr Harlem himself. Highly recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I booked this tour after doing some research on a number of different tours of the Harlem area. What caught my eye was that it was delivered by someone who had grown up in the Harlem area, and had real life experiences to share. I was particularly interested in the Savoy/Apollo Theatre, and wasn't disappointed (wish the Savoy was still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

My review is late but full of heart and soul. We had the most fantastic time on the tour. Highly recommend 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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