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Welcome to Harlem

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Address: 2360 Frederick Douglass Blvd Ste D, New York City, NY 10027-3625
Phone Number: 212-662-7779
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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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Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour
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Great tour of Harlem and the Jazz scene

My gf and I went on the jammin jazz tour in the evening. It was a 2.5 hour affair and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide was a harlem native who spent the time to explain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Naman G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My gf and I went on the jammin jazz tour in the evening. It was a 2.5 hour affair and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide was a harlem native who spent the time to explain important harlem history which provided context for the tour itself, then she also pointed out all the key jazz venues that were active... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can't say enough good things about the private tour of Harlem Carolyn Johnson gave my wife, our teenagers and I. She is a fantastic guide and true lover of Harlem. She even managed to swing us a private backstage visit at the Apollo. Harlem is such a cool - and beautiful - part of NYC. Go see it with Carolyn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I visited New York with my three teenagers, and this was our outing on our first day. What a way to start our trip! Our guide was caught in traffic that morning, so one of the other women generously gave us our tour, and Carolyn did another tour of the highlights after the jazz. She was a delightful and knowledgeable... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

On 22nd May we were on Welcome to Harlem Tour in Harlem - Gospel Brunch. Tour leader was Carolyn. We walked from 9 to 11.00 and heard interesting stories and history of Harlem. After that all went wrong. We tried to get in to Gospel Church - to our surprise and also Carolyn's - we didn't get in to the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Howard Johnson and friends were playing . I cannot think of a better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon and you cannot beat this price for live jazz and talk a bit with the musicians.This church was the perfect setting so come on out and enjoy Harlem and her musicians. terrific!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Most importantly the music was fantastic: we got to hear Kelvyn Bell Quartet who blew our minds in part. The church is a very special setting for this kind of event, and well organized. Entire area and neighborhood were really fun, interesting and different for us to tour. Truely hope this continues and picks up in volume for future visits.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

It was an amazing experience!!! Thank you so much Ms. Carolyn for inviting me. You're the best!!! Great show, wonderful musicians, very cozy place :) Lucyna

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I had the pleasure of being invited by Ms. Johnson to the November Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor. What an experience! A live performance by Kelvyn Bell and his acoustic ensemble in the front parlor of a beautiful Harlem brownstone, followed by wine, cheese, and conversation. The intimate setting throws you back in time to a different era, while the... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable, and very friendly.We had a nice time discovering Harlem and learning about the historical figures and buildings.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Informal, modern jazz concert--A bit too modern for my taste, but my husband would have loved it. Nice musicians, lovely, welcoming "church ladies". About an hour. Whole atmosphere made it work.

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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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