On your way to New York? You absolutely must visit Harlem with its dynamic churches and all-around richness that permeates through several domains: Music- with the blossoming of the jazz genre, its extraordinary musicians and legendary nightclubs; Architecture- with some 400 churches and fascinating streets with stretches of brightly colored residences; Street art- with large and spectacular wall murals; Soul food– an African-American culinary tradition to discover its famous fried chicken and unlimited buffet brunches…. And especially, nothing says Harlem like Gospel Music, the symbol of fight against slavery, with religious songs powerfully sung by remarkable choirs. Here are our best tips for attending a Gospel service in Harlem while discovering all the richness and beauty of a historic neighborhood, full of pride, emotion, and culture.
It’s not called the city that never sleeps for nothing! Year after year, New York never ceases to amaze and tantalize us with all sorts of new things happening all the time. Check out all the new things to expect this year from a bold city that continues to reinvent itself more than any pop star could ever imagine. These 2019 surprises span a range of interests: Architecture, Culture, Shopping, and more, to delight us at all angles.
There is virtually a rooftop bar in New York City to satisfy every taste: do you prefer a classic spot or a trendy lounge? A sophisticated atmosphere or an edgy vibe? Manhattan or Brooklyn? Here are our favorite rooftop bars that you can find throughout the city. So get out there and get your drink on!
In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin described his Gospel experience in a church of Harlem:
The church was exciting. There is no music like that music, no drama like the drama of the saints rejoicing, the sinners moaning, the tambourines racing, and all those voices coming together and crying Holy unto the Lord – and their cries of “Amen!” and “Hallelujah!” and “Yes, Lord!” and “Praise his name!” and “Preach it brother!” all became equal, wringing wet, singing and dancing, in anguish and rejoicing, at the foot of the altar” (1936)
Gospel music is deeply moving, and erases all differences. We have all heard it, danced to it, sang along… Here are a few facts worth knowing about the history of Gospel in Harlem. Read more
Spring is in the air, bringing along long days of sunshine and blooming flowers. Consider planning your springtime activities with Harlem Spirituals/New York Visions. Whether you want to spend a day exploring Manhattan, or want to branch out to the City’s other boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, our guided visits are intended to make sure that you get the most out of your time in New York City. Are you looking for super fun things to do in Gotham this season? Read on for some more exhilarating ways to welcome spring in New York City.