Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

Having a drink on a rooftop is one of those experiences you absolutely must do during your stay in New York City! This city offers more than 100 rooftops scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even Long Island City. Classics, trendy, sophisticated, or cool, there’s something for everyone and for all types of occasions. To help you get better acquainted, we’ve prepared a list of the best rooftops in NYC, by neighborhood. All you’ll have to do is choose!

Before we get started, here’s a little advice:

– Access to most rooftops is often forbidden to those under 21 years of age (the legal drinking age in the USA). Certain rooftops, which open in the afternoon, however, may accept minors. Be sure to call first or check out their website so you’re not turned away at the door.

– As in every bar serving alcohol in New York, you will be asked to show an identity card at the entrance. Remember to bring yours.

– Certain rooftops are highly sought after. Avoid peak hours of operation during the weekend (8pm-10pm) if you don’t want to wait in line to get in.

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6 Fun Ways to Welcome Spring in NYC

6 Fun Ways to Welcome Spring in NYC

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.

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Then & Now: Harlem Renaissance to Today

Then & Now: Harlem Renaissance to Today

Harlem will celebrate this year the 100th anniversary of its golden era: the Harlem Renaissance. Let us go back in time to look at the storied past and transformation of our most beloved NYC neighborhood! Before it became a Manhattan neighborhood, Harlem was actually a village named Nieuw Haarlem, named by the Dutch. It has ever since kept its independent spirit and its own culture, feeling like an entire new world from the rest of Manhattan. Read on to explore the riveting evolution of the Harlem neighborhood through the Harlem Renaissance.

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A Guide of the Lower East Side

A Guide of the Lower East Side

When in New York, be it for many years or only a few days, you will most likely find yourself wandering through the Lower East Side. It is at the heart of New York City’s underground culture and nightlife, one of the most colorful neighborhoods of the Big Apple, and a Harlem Spiritual’s staff favorite. Do not let the edgy and strikingly contemporary vibe of the streets fool you, for the Lower East Side is one of the most historic areas in town, and there is a plethora of art, cultural hubs, dining, entertainment, and shopping to keep you busy. Read more

A History of Gospel Music in Harlem

A History of Gospel Music in Harlem

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.

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