At the center of African-American history and culture, Harlem is one of New York’s most significant neighborhoods. This tour explores the history of Harlem, from its origins as a Dutch village in the 1600s, through its transformation into the “Capital of Black America” by the 1920s. Today Harlem remains an important hub for African-American business, politics, art and culture. Harlem features a wide array of historic churches, theaters, clubs and homes. Stops could include: Abyssinian Baptist Church, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Striver’s Row, the Apollo Theater, the Big Apple Nightclub, and sites associated with W.E.B. Du Bois, the Harlem Renaissance, Madame C.J. Walker, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and many others.
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We regard an senior one 65+ years and a student anyone enrolled in full-time study. Please bring ID indicating senior status (i.e. age) and/or full-time active enrollment.
Refund Policy: Tour refunds (minus a $1 processing charge per person) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded. If Big Onion cancels a walk for any reason a full refund will be provided (please see our rain/inclement weather policy on the FAQ page for more information about tour cancellations).
Between mid-May and early September the Historic Lower Manhattan tour is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. Summer public “twilight” tours are lead Thursday and Friday evenings & Saturday’s at 5 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.