Gospel music has the power to emotionally move you regardless of whether you are spiritually inclined or not. The neighborhood of Harlem is renowned for its authentic Gospel music, rooting all the way back to the 17th century. The history of Gospel music in Harlem shines through the culture of this rich neighborhood. Read on to see how it all happened.
“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
The Bronx is the northern-most borough of the five in New York City and the only one actually located on the mainland. With 14 colleges and universities, the infamous Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the Grand Concourse, and one of the oldest natural forests in the New York Botanical Gardens, the Bronx is known for far more than its hip-hop and street art roots. Although this borough is often overlooked, a trip north of Manhattan is a unique experience well worth your time. With a distinctive art and cultural scene, authentic restaurants, genuine bars and great shopping destinations, the “Boogie Down Bronx” is sure to pleasantly surprise you. Read more
Ah, the “Roaring 20s,” an era of dramatic social and political change in Western culture. A time where freedom extended toward African American communities, leading them to migrate north to Harlem, New York City, which quickly became the world’s largest African American community in 1920. This created the Harlem Renaissance, a rebirth of hope for the community through cultural bursts of activity. The Harlem Renaissance, otherwise known as the rebirth of Harlem, brought the most artistic and intelligent beings to the Harlem Neighborhood and carried the novel and now infamous genre of Jazz music to this spirited and historically-rich area. Read more
Planning a weeklong trip to New York City? Take a look at our handcrafted itinerary, created just for you by our New York experts. It includes all NYC must-dos for a first-time visit and enough exciting and breathtaking experiences to leave you with unforgettable memories and the wish to come back as soon as possible!