Get to know the history, heritage and soul of Harlem, the legendary neighborhood known internationally as the Black Mecca of the world. This explosion of cultural pride, defined as “Harlem Renaissance” derives its roots in 1890, when African Americans – after enduring centuries of slavery and the struggle for abolition - migrated to the North in great numbers, and relocated from the rural South to the urban North.
New York City boasts one of the world's best street art scenes.From the demolition of the famous 5Pointz arose numerous new street art collectives & scenes... most impressive is Brooklyn's Bushwick Collective. An entire neighborhood of murals and art everywhere you look. All my customers are blown away to discover it.
See the best shows in New York City's world-renowned galleries! Delve into the world of contemporary art on a two-hour tour that will give you a real sense of what's current in art right now. Come on your own to meet new people, bring friends, family, or a date. Rely on your guide to know which shows to see in what part of town and what order.'
As you stroll and take in each show, you gain insight into artists' creative process, hear what artists'have said about their own work, engage your curiosity and get to know new friends or old friends anew. Tours'are highly interactive and freshly curated by Jody Lee Drafta, artist, critic and university studio art professor. She combs through dozens of galleries, mixing long-established with newly minted spaces to track down the most unmissable work on view. Let Jody give you an experience that brings to life the best of what artists do.
Times Square is arguably the best known and most visited square in the world. It is ripe with literary and cultural history. From Dorothy Parker to J.D. Salinger, the beats and the Great White Way, the New Yorker Magazine to the Algonquin Round Table - so much of what we know and think of about New York City were shaped by the writers, the players, and the drinkers that roamed the streets in Times Square.We'll point out the sites, we'll sip a few drinks, we'll wander the streets and we'll perform some snippets of some of their works.
Tour at least three different venues where you can hear the 'best of the best' in jazz ' some whose star is rising and others who are certifiable legends, in the Greenwich/West Village area with some light walking.
Artists are creative, sure. But the sheer variety and visionary talent on display in New York's galleries can still come as a shock. Dozens of penguins responding to your movements in an interactive display? Saw it. Multi-screen video of a band playing a tune so beautiful it moved many to tears? Loved it. Hungry for some super-skilled watercolor painting? We'll go there! Join your tour guide, a local professional art critic and writer who has more than a decade of experience crafting personalized tours of cultural discovery in New York's galleries and museums for individuals and groups.
On this Monday night Jazz tour your guide will take you way back to the early 20th century when Big Bands, Swing Music, and Dixieland Jazz reined supreme. This is the night to step out if you like to dance, swing dance, jitterbug, or waltz that is! Visit at least three venues where old jazz is always fresh. Vintage clothes encouraged but certainly not required.
Spend an afternoon discovering'Harlem on this guided, 4-hour tour. Harlem has evolved from its foundation as a Dutch farming community to the modern-day capital of Black America ' from the Harlem Renaissance to the dark days of the 70s to today's real estate boom. The tour, narrated in two languages (English and German or Italian and Spanish), will include stops at Sugar Hill, Morningside Heights, the Apollo Theater, Sylvan Terrace, and other relevant points of the fabled neighborhood. Finally, visit a Church and attend a true gospel mass.
This Gospel tour will have a private pickup at Midtown Manhattan hotel and with a local tour guide. You'll be escorted to a Gospel service that you will remember for a lifetime. Join the local community for a morning gospel service and prayer, and afterwards, take a walking tour of the markets and streets of Harlem.
Explore the art galleries in New York Citys Lower East Side on this 2-hour, small-group walking tour in Manhattan. Discover the citys'fastest-growing gallery neighborhood with a professional art critic.'See seven or eight smaller exhibits with a more experimental agenda and a lower price point. They all define the hundred plus galleries on the Lower East Side. Known as an incubator for avant-garde talent, this is the place to be as more and more ambitious galleries move here.
We'll start at the Apollo Theater and get into some people watching down the infamous 125th St. Next stop is an underground members-only club in a Harlem Brownstone, where you have an opportunity to experience a real 'in the know' venue with old-school Harlemites. Be on the inside with a jam session led by a legendary jazz organist known as the 'Ambassador to Harlem', who has played with Lou Donaldson and George Benson, among others.
Your 3.5-hour tour of Harlem on Sundays exposes you to New York's center of Afro-American history rich in cultural and'political tradition. A highlight of your tour includes a local church service to'hear the inspirational sounds of Gospel music known throughout the world.'Learn about the Harlem Renaissance in the early 20th century, when black writers, intellectuals and musicians flourished and political movements were born. See the landmarks of Harlem including Sugar Hill, the townhouses of Striver's Row, Sylvan Terrace, the Abyssinian Baptist Church and 125th Street, Harlem's commercial center. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from select hotels.