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Harlem Heritage Tours

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Address: 104 Malcolm X Blvd, New York City, NY 10026-2595
Phone Number: 212 280-7888
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 native keeps things fresh

Neal Shoemaker provided a local's view of Harlem while also explaining the various political, economic, and cultural forces at play in the neighborhood. Beginning with his own... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Neal Shoemaker provided a local's view of Harlem while also explaining the various political, economic, and cultural forces at play in the neighborhood. Beginning with his own life story (he was raised in Harlem), he then delved into local history. We learned about the Masjid Malcolm Shabazz mosque, where Malcolm X preached, and the Apollo Theater, where Duke Ellington performed.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I called the tour company on a day nothing was scheduled....no problem! Within 5 minutes we had Andy, our 88 year old, long time resident, who had so much information, we actually asked him to slow down. And, he out paced us too. Andy is a wonderful guide and I highly recommend him and the Harlem Heritage Tours. This was... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The foundation of Neal Shoemaker's tours are the relationships and experiences he has cultivated during his time living and working in Harlem. I doubt you'll match this level of service from any other Harlem tour. Combining a well paced mix of walking, talking, drinking and dining: Neal provides a great introduction for tourists to this vibrant and colourful region of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an incredible value. Neal Shoemaker was our tour guide and he provided us with such a rich experience that we are actually considering moving to Harlem! Neal was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history, culture, and cuisine of Harlem. We took the Harlem Gospel tour and I loved how our tour focused on the impact the spiritual community made... More 

Thank Angela S
New Sarpy, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A delightful and enlightening afternoon with Neal. He is well-versed in his knowledge of Harlem. The food on the tour was delicious and satisfying. Neal was delightful and entertaining. I would recommend this tour to anyone who will visit Harlem.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful tour in Harlem lead by Neil, who is a born and bred guy from Harlem. He brought us to a variety of eateries, taught us about the history of the area, shared some personal stories and gave us an incredible behind the scenes look at the famous Apollo Theatre. Neil didn't just deliver the taste of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very relaxed tour round some interesting spots , with tasty nibbles at every turn and informative tales that made the history real, by the man below, the loquacious inimitable Mr Shoemaker.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent quite a bit of time deciding which tour I wanted to take during my brief stay in New York. I am thrilled to say that I made the best decision to tour with Harlem Heritage Tours... man am I glad I did. Very organized... very professional ... and well worth the spend. The information shared about the history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed our tour a lot. The gospel tour and the service were very moving, I have not been that moved during a church service in a long time! The Apollo Theater was the highlight of our tour and meeting "Mr. Apollo" in the flesh and comedian Rob Stapleton. Andy our tour guide was good- for an 88 year old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

The highlight of our trip to New York was definitely the Apollo Tour. Andy, the tour guide, was an attraction in himself: a witty 88-year old who could outpace all the younger tourists in a hot summer day has witnessed more than 50 years of history in the neighbourhood and delivered enthusiastic accounts of off-the-books tales. We felt so lucky... 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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