We're proud of the vibrant African American culture and history here in New York City. Music, dance, literature...and, oh yeah, food choices abound. Our African-American friends have enriched our city for decades and continue to do so.
Here are a few tours to help us all discover--and celebrate--the riches that we receive from this vibrant community.
Taste Harlem is a cool company that organizes tours that highlight the history, music, culinary contributions and architecture of the community.
Here's a few that we think sound great:
Their Historic Faces and Places tour focuses on the architecture--much of it dating back to the 19th century. Do these names ring a bell? Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Billy Strayhorn, Maya Angelou and Kareem Abdul Jabbar? Yup, we thought they would. All of these greats spent at least some part of their lives in Harlem, and this tour will show you where and provide details of their storied lives. ($35-$75 per person; Thursday & Saturday at 11 a.m.)
We know that tour sounds great, but for a bit more money ($78 per person), with the Taste of Harlem Tour, you get all of that plus incredible grub. The tour will stop at six different restaurants or markets, and you'll be able to taste local chicken and waffles, oxtails (seriously amazing), candied yams, black eyed peas, rugelach and more. Yeah--you read that right. Rugelach. Did you know that Harlem was once the third largest Jewish community in the world? We didn't either. (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 10 a.m.)
All tours are held rain or shine!