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.
New York City is a major history-hub, and the best way to learn about the history is to truly immerse yourself in the culture yourself! First founded by the Dutch along the Hudson River in 1624, New Amsterdam was established 2 years later on Manhattan Island. The English later took over the area in 1664, renaming the city New York. Between 1892 and 1954, millions of immigrants arrived in New York Harbor, first passing through Ellis Island on their journey to becoming U.S citizens. Throughout the many years, the city has evolved in various manners and the melting pot of cultures is truly evident throughout. From the Bronx, Harlem, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, visit New York and explore its rich history from the inside out, down cobblestoned streets and over the river. Check out some of our most recommended historical sites throughout the city. Read more
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.
Escape the noisy and commercialized city center and head to the mellow Prospect Heights neighborhood, adjacent to the city’s renown green oasis, Prospect Park. Prospect Heights is primarily a residential community composed of brownstones and luxury condos, as the area is known to display the collision between history and modernity. Almost completely free of tourists, both Prospect Heights and Prospect Park will show you an entirely new sector of New York City in a refreshing manner, showcasing the best of dining and shopping as well as libraries, museums, and park spaces in the community. Read more
“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