harlem heritage tours

harlem heritage

Harlem’s history is intimately connected to important issues and artistic movements in New York and the nation. Harlem Heritage Tours offers a full range of experiences, including Multimedia Tours, Hip Hop Tours and Gospel Tours. There are many walking tours with specific themes such as the Sunday Pre Dinner Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour.

What makes these tours unique is that every tour guide was born in, raised and still lives in Harlem. This immediate connection to the people, happenings and communities makes the tour guides at Harlem Heritage Tours especially insightful and informed. These are the specialists when it comes to the Harlem experience.

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Grand Central Terminal (often mistakenly referred to as Grand Central Station) is both a major transportation hub and a destination for those interested in the architecture of this massive and beautiful Beaux-arts building. Opened in 1913, the terminal has undergone periodic renovation to accommodate technological advances. Most recently, a major renovation restored the building to its former glory.

A self-guided walking tour will introduce visitors to the famous four-sided clock and information booth, the Whispering Gallery, the gold-plated chandeliers, the Kissing Room, the Grand Staircase, and the vaulted 125-foot ceiling that features an astronomical mural by French painter Paul Helieu.

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NEW YORK CITY - JUN 9: Tourists enjoy Governors Island, June 9,

Although small in size, the location of this island has assigned it a prominent place in the area’s history. In turn, it was occupied by Native American tribes, the Dutch, the British, and the Americans. The name Governors Island evolved from the British declaration that the island would be for the “benefit of His Majesty’s Governors.” However, it wasn’t until 1784 that the island officially was so named. The island was to serve as the site of military functions until 1966 when the Coast Guard assumed control until 1996.

Today, Governors Island is a national historic landmark district open to the public for several months during the summer and early fall. Located about one half mile from the southern tip of Manhattan, access to the island from Manhattan and Brooklyn is by both free and paid ferry rides. Activities on the island include free National Park Service walking tours, bicycle riding, picnicking,

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Statue of George Washington, Federal Hall, New York City

This self-guided walking tour of New York follows George Washington’s footsteps in what had been our nation’s center of government. Follow the development of our country from its colonial days through the revolution to the beginnings of our new nation. The tour starts at Battery Park in Castle Clinton and ends at Wall Street at Federal Hall, the site of Washington’s inauguration and our first capitol.

This extremely interesting 90-minute tour is sponsored by the Alliance for Downtown New York and funded by the History Channel.

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brooklyn navy yard 01brooklyn navy yard 02 Building 92 houses the exhibition The Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present, and Future. The 300-square acre Brooklyn Navy Yard is the third-oldest dry dock in the US and still is being actively used. Founded in 1801, the Yard was once America’s premier ship building facility. Today, while it is in the ship repair business, it also hosts a wide range of businesses. Over the years, the Yard has reinvented itself to meet the changes brought about by technology, innovation, and manufacturing. Learn how issues of labor, politics, and urban and environmental planning influenced the Yard’s role in our nation’s history. Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours by Bus/Walking or Bicycle: On this tour you’ll investigate a dry dock that predates the Civil War, a 24-acre former Navy Hospital and the first multistory LEED-certified industrial building in the US. Run by guides who are passionate about their subject matter, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours are exceptional.

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You may have crossed it or someone may have tried to sell it to you, but have you ever taken a tour of the Brooklyn Bridge? This fascinating piece of architecture, which inspired the renowned Ken Burns’ documentary film, is accessible through Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tours. Two different tours are available both guided by licensed tour guide Alfred Pommer, who has 20 years experience researching and talking about the sites of the City.

The Brooklyn Bridge–Fulton Ferry Historic District Walking Tour lasts about two hours, while the Brooklyn Bridge–Ground Zero Walking Tour takes approximately three hours. Both delve into the past and present of this inspiring structure and New York’s rich history.

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big onion

Although everyone knows New York City is the Big Apple, there was a time when it was known as the Big Onion. Big Onion Walking Tours is about celebrating the history and heritage of the multifaceted neighborhoods of New York. The name “Big Onion” is quite apropos—an onion has many layers and the mission of Big Onion Walking Tours is to illuminate the numerous historic layers of New York’s neighborhoods that have evolved over generations.

Thought provoking, comprehensive and fun, Big Onion Walking Tours has received many awards, including “Best Walking Tour in New York City” by New York Magazine and “Best of the Best” by Our Town. Take some time to walk the Big Onion walk.

Please note: Departure points for the walking tours vary depending upon the walking tour. This information can be found with the tour descriptions on the web site.