Welcome home to Harlem! Home- evocation of an immediate sense of peace and belonging; which is exactly the feeling you have when stepping foot here. As you likely know, Harlem is a comeback tale of the ages, which has resulted in a surge in visitors in recent years. This tale, coupled with all the exciting and meaningful adventures to be had, is the inspiration for this post. Now lets get right into What To Visit in Harlem!
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
It is not enough to just know about the latest food craze or trendy restaurant. The real pursuit is in finding the hidden gems. We’re talking under-the-radar eateries where real New Yorkers go for delicious, unpretentious bites that always manage to hit the spot. How will you ever know where to go when New Yorkers like to keep their favorite places a secret so it doesn’t get lost in the other crowded joint in NYC? Here is our insider guide to good eats in the Big Apple.
“Thinking back to boyhood days, I remember the bright sun on Harlem streets, the easy rhythms of black and brown bodies, the sounds of children streaming in and out of red brick tenements,” said writer and Harlem native Walter Dean Myers. This is usually what one pictures when thinking about Harlem, but the neighborhood has been through a long series of transformations since its beginning as a Dutch colony, through the Harlem Renaissance to today’s gentrification movements. So hop on the A train – or on our guided bus tours, and follow us on the road to Harlem. Read more
Every Wednesday morning, Harlem Spirituals conducts a tour throughout historic Harlem, concluding at the Greater Central Baptist Church for “The Hour of Power” by the ARC Gospel Choir. Although it is very easy to tell that this is a powerful and moving a cappella choir, what you may not realize is the fact that each member has found faith through Gospel that turned their lives around; these members sing to stay sober. Read on to learn where the heart and soul of ARC comes from, and why the group is so special today. Read more