A friend from Canada and I did the tour on 7 September 2013. The impending mayoral election added to the noise and colour of our tour. Jacquie and Mirtha walked us all over for 4.5 to 5 hours and we loved it.
We saw a good bit of Harlem. Learned a lot about its history and culture. Saw pieces of history such as the Apollo theatre and the street art. Ate interesting and tasty food in places that refelected on Harlem life.. Struck up interesting conversations with a politician and someone concerned about health care. Saw the street life and heard a gospel choir practicing.
The best bit was an extended conversation with two interesting women about the place and people and about themsleves and life in general.
Could not recommend it more.
Things to consider:
It was a long walk but the regular stops helped a lot. Wear good pavement-walking footwear. On sunny days bring a hat and some water.
We misunderstood the directions for the meeting spot. Having a mobile phone saved the day.
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