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Abyssinian Baptist Church

Opens in 27 min: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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“Most gracious people and the good Reverend Butts outta this world”
Jul 10, 2018
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One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral part of the sermon.
Opens in 27 min
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
132 Odell Clark Pl, New York City, NY 10030-2303
+1 212-862-7474
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First NB this is NOT a tourist attraction. This is a working church. If you want gospel music, go download something to listen to at home. I work up very early one Christmas morning and took a taxi to arrive good and early but I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lucyartist
Reviewed July 10, 2018

I went to New York for the day only. Straight from the airport to church for funeral. The immediate family had not arrived to church and I was led to the family waiting room. Everyone was cordial and the event was uneventful.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank levornm
Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

"I Just believe in a God who dance". If God had a voice, It would be oficial the Chorus in this Church. We went to the service at wednesday evening and we were Very welcomed for this community. We feeled blessed for Jesus and these...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Milena D
Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Had a bad experience on this tour. I understand it is a church and they should have a dress code etc. The bouncer on the door was shouting out that anyone caught taking photos will be rejected. We wanted to hear gospel and get some...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank O2273QTkevino
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

I'm sorry that the guests from the UK were not treated graciously. Unfortunately, the church does not have an indoor waiting area. As a former Senior Lady Usher, I would like to believe that someone would have assisted your daughter to a more comfortable waiting...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Debra P
Reviewed December 26, 2017

I am a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. I go there most Sunday Mornings and most Wednesday Evenings for a less formal, more musical worship service. I see that people are trying to sell packages and tours to go to this church when (1)...More

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank Rahni S
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

We arrived with 1 hour before start time and lined up in the street. Tip - think about a hat as it was hot and there was very little shade. After being given a pass (some people missed out) we eventually went in. Once seated,...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank KerryH7
Reviewed November 30, 2016

We did not get to go inside but enjoyed looking at the architecture and hearing the history of the church and prominent members.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank SimiKingston_Jamaica
Reviewed October 7, 2016

The building, the music, the singing and the sermon were all wonderful. The choir, the pastor and the Guest Preacher were inspirational. It was also lovely to witness the blessing of two babies on the occasion we were there. It was a shame, however, that...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Tynedale
Reviewed August 22, 2016

We tried to go to an 11:30am service on Sunday 21st August. Even though it was a sweltering day we forgo our usual shorts & sandals and tried to dress appropriately. When we arrived there was a small group of obvious tourists (like us) and...More

Date of experience: August 2016
5  Thank Peter M
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Latiesha B
September 9, 2015|
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Response from CelinaIOP | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea.... sorry! I dont live in NYC. Probably yes, they are a church....
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London, United Kingdom
A Sunday in Harlem (23 Replies)
We are traveling to NY on 30th of May. The Sunday we would like to spend in Harlem. We have booked the Red Rooster for a dinner. During the day, we (family with two teenage boys) would like to join a gospel service. We have read dreadful reviews of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Which would be a good alternative and at what time does the service start? Anything we would need to be aware of? Any further tips for the afternoon? Thanks for your suggestions
May 20, 2014|
Response fromLMVManchester_UK|
a church service got bad reviews?
Tina M
Lincoln, UK
Best way from Abyssinian Baptist Church to WTC (4 Replies)
Hi Guys very new to this, but am totally addicted to this forum and your advice is great in helping us plan our visit for my 60th in Dec. We are attending the worship service on 21st Dec at 9 am taking a taxi from our hotel 8 am we are staying at the NY Palace. We wish to pay our respects after the service at the WTC. We plan to take a taxi, but was wondering if it would be possible to take the subway or is that too long winded. I am sure we will have loads of Q's I am putting together our...More
August 07, 2008|
Response fromMoreFFmiles|
The church is at 132 W. 138th Street, it is just west of Lenox Avenue. You can walk over to 135th Street and Lenox Avenue and get the 2 / 3 Express train down to Chambers Street or Park Place. Both stations are very close to the WTC site. Some weekends there is track work on the 2 / 3 trains. If there is a disruption to service, you can walk over to St. Nicholas Avenue and 135th Street for the C train to Chambers Street. Note that there is an entrance to the C train at 137th Street and...More
Newcastle, Australia
Recommendations for a sunday church service in Harlem? (1 Reply)
Hi Destination Experts et al, Another potentially stupid question from an aussie. I am keen to attend a church service in Harlem on Sunday 30th October. I understand some churches are regularly visited by tour companies and the tourists behave inappropriately with flash photography etc. Not my scene in church at all and not what I'm looking for. I am looking for a nice architecture, a good choir and an uplifting experience. My camera will stay in my pocket during the visit. ...More
October 21, 2011|
Response fromFrancis S|
I cannot recommend a church, but as a general rule I will say that if you dress nicely (a suit for a man, a dress for a woman) and tell the ushers that you are there to worship and not be a tourist, you will not be stuck in the balcony with the gawkers, but will be welcomed into the seats where the rest of the normal congregation sits.