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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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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Harlem Heritage Tours was founded in 1998 to use the industry of tourism as...

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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Harlem Heritage Tour

Really enjoyed the walking tour of Harlem. Mr. Shoemaker is extremely knowledgeable about the diverse history of Harlem including background on civil rights leaders, the music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Judith T
Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed the walking tour of Harlem. Mr. Shoemaker is extremely knowledgeable about the diverse history of Harlem including background on civil rights leaders, the music scene and the general history of the area. Very informative and enjoyable.

Thank Judith T
Limerick, Ireland
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I booked this tour and we're looking forward to the experience. Unfortunately we feel the whole thing was a bit of a sham. The guide was late turning up. They were really disorganised, didn't know who had paid etc. After church we had the 'tour' ! The level of knowledge Andi has might be great but we... More 

Thank Ger C
loveharlem, Owner at Harlem Heritage Tours, responded to this review

We at Harlem Heritage Tours are very apologetic that the reviewer didn't enjoy our tour of Harlem. We always aim to please and when we don't it's something that we take very seriously. We have worked hard to build a solid business and have much respect and appreciation for those who take our tours and would never rip anyone off.... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent tour - if not the best ever! Very thorough and informative as well and fun - it really is worth it. Big thank you to our tour guide, Andy!!

Thank socol2016
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was such a great tour... Informative and fun..: I learned so much and our tour guide Neal was terrific!

Thank AgieWhite21
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour included visiting Malcolm X Blvd, Apollo Theatre, and a Gospel Church visit. The Gospel Choir - ARC (Adddicts Rehabilitation Centre) - was outstanding. Just like Sister Act lol.

Thank Seren899
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do. The cultural experience was superb and visiting the church was very moving. The whole tour was so memorable due to our fantastic guide, Andi - whom is 88 years young. If you want the genuine Harlem experience this is the one.

Thank BeauWaters
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour was excellent. Our tour guide actually grew up in Harlem so he saw first hand the changes over the years. That was really interesting.

Thank Laurie B
Torquay, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Neal was an excellent host/tour guide. Very informative and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone considering exploring Harlem and its culture/history. Loved, loved, loved the gospel singing!!!

Thank lisa2015924
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Neal Shoemaker is a class act. A spellbinding story teller. Generous with his knowledge, enthusiastic, warm, funny, and engaging. This was one of the best travel experiences I have had in decades. The church service was deeply moving. We were made to feel welcome. Neal's commentary, insights, and sense of time, history and place are laudable. Our discussion about basketball,... More 

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Goleta, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Neil Shoemaker grew up in Harlem and is devoted to preserving the history of his community. His walking tour provides a wealth of insight into the rise, fall, and re-birth of Harlem from the turn of the century up through the present day. Shoemaker's personal experience is of particular interest in exploring the buildings and streets that are the setting... More 

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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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