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Reviewed July 22, 2015

OK, so there was a mix-up - the tour leaves from the Schomburg Center not the Heritage Center which is noted on the receipt which I forgot to read. (should be a sign telling people this at the Heritage Center, because most of the negative reviews seem to involve this mix-up). So because we and another party were so late, Neil rescheduled the tour for the following afternoon. I also told Neil I was especially interested in LGBTQ history and the Harlem Renaissance and he did a good job of adding that information into the tour. It is not an easy tour to deliver, since many of the landmark places are no longer there, but Neil did a good job recreating the feel of the Harlem Renaissance. I like that Neil is committed to the community and that he recommended places for us to go after the tour was finished. It was a very hot day and by the end we were all a bit weary....but I found myself very engaged in trying to understand Harlem, past and present, and its place in American history.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had the pleasure of spending a thought provoking, interesting and fun afternoon with tour guide and Harlem historian, Andi Owens. He was informative, interesting and entertaining. Highly recommend this tour run by Harlem locals... not outsiders. Well done... I will be taking other tours they offer.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed July 16, 2015

Neil Shoemaker has done his research -- he knows Harlem's rich history, geography, politics, and he shares that knowledge with you on his walking tours of the neighborhood. Along the way, he employs his backpack tricked out with speakers and an iPad to allow you hear the sounds and songs of Harlem's past and present; he shares images of each stop in its heyday, and even recites along with Garvey, Powell, and Malcolm X, as their famed speeches echo on the steps where they were first spoken.

His energy, love, and enthusiasm for Harlem is real and palpable. He made my day and created one of the most memorable experiences I've ever had uptown!

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our tour guide was top-notch, energetic, knowledgeable and over-the-top with anecdotes and personal information about Harlem and how it has evolved over the years. Seriously, the only thing better would have been the weather.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed July 16, 2015

This tour was very very good. Neal's energy, passion and knowledge is unmatched. He is an educator in every sense of the word and is able to connect many different strains of Harlem's history & present. Neal is skilled at bringing the history to life through performance, music, poetry and commentary on the present day. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: July 2015
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