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
The concrete jungle of New York City, overflowing with cultures and ethnical diversity, does not only shine upon nightfall. Beginning with the 1960 New York City hip-hop graffiti movement, bare walls now burst with color all throughout the city. The emergence of graffiti art has provided a newfound ability to conjoin culture, identity, and politics in total silence among the noise of New York. Check out these latest pieces for yourself in the Bronx, Brookyln and Queens on our Triboro Tour.
Many non-New Yorkers make the initial mistake in assuming that the borough of Brooklyn is composed of quant streets full of roaming artists and hipsters. Yet, like many other parts of New York City, Brooklyn is very diverse, culturally vibrant, and each neighborhood has a vibe of its own. Manhattan has always received the highest praise when it comes to visiting New York City, but what is across the East River should not be ignored. Although more travelers are choosing to explore Brooklyn when visiting NYC, Brooklyn is still far from being a tourist hub. Explore the trendy and diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Bushwick, Coney Island, Red Hook, DUMBO, Greenpoint and Williamsburg during your stay here in New York.
It is very common to correlate the borough of Brooklyn with hipsters, street art, coffee shops, yoga studios, live music and events. While this does not apply to every neighborhood in Brooklyn, the stereotype certainly arose from Williamsburg. While the term “hipster” is typically used to describe a certain subculture, New Yorker’s now use it to describe “off-the-mainstream’ matters that are seemingly only found in Brooklyn. Now, before you join us to see Brooklyn’s hipster magic with your own eyes on a Brooklyn Walking Tour, here’s our list of the 9 most hipster things to ever have happened in Brooklyn…
Today the Bronx is on everyone’s lips. Though its shadowy past seems to linger around and still gives it an imbalanced reputation, the Bronx has long left the past behind to become one of New York City’s most exciting boroughs. If you are not already acquainted with its history, beside the fact that it’s the famous birthplace of the Hip Hop culture, please allow us to school you on why you should visit the Bronx 🙂
We at Harlem Spirituals-New York Visions have been pioneers in creating off the beaten path guided visits to showcase the multiple facets of Big Apple. Long overshadowed by other boroughs, the Bronx remains one of our favorite places in the City and we are very proud and happy to offer our guests a glimpse of all the wonders the Bronx has to offer. Join one of our 3 tours of the Bronx to explore the borough and see for yourself what the hype is all about. Our tours are an ideal option if you are a bit short on time or if you are not keen on getting there by yourself.
Need more convincing? Check our list of the 5 reasons why you should visit the Bronx!
1- The Architecture