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Welcome to Harlem - 190 Reviews - 145 West 122nd Street, Suite 1, New York, NY - Aerial Tours Reviews - Phone (212) 662-7779

Welcome to Harlem

145 West 122nd Street, Suite 1
New York, NY 10027
(212) 662-7779
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Welcome to Harlem provided a walking tour around Harlem and they were extremely knowledgeable, answered all our questions, and it was just really good. Highly recommend. Would do ...


Would have been very good if we could have sat inside the club for the Jazz session. We were on the back patio and the speaker was poor quality. Seeing jazz on a monitor is fair...

Excellent 11/18/2013

Welcome to Harlem provided a walking tour around Harlem and they were extremely knowledgeable, answered all our questions, and it was just really good. Highly recommend. Would do it again. S. Carter more

Excellent Tour. Highly Recommend!!! 11/18/2013

The tour was much more than I imagined. If I had not taken the tour, I would have never known I was standing in Harlem and would have missed out on the rich history that encompasses it. It is a not miss and is evolving so rapidly that it may never look the same as it does right now. Be sure and have lunch at Amy Ruth's after the tour. The chicken and waffles was the best!!! more

Wonderful Tour 11/16/2013

Thanks so much for an awesome tour - our group - Macedonia MB Church thoroughly enjoyed the in depth tour you and your associate gave us on last Friday. We are still talking about it. The African Burial Grounds were so touching and moving for us. Again thanks and I am sure you will hear from us again! more

The best walking tour of Harlem and the only one you should do. 10/15/2013

I cannot remember when I was so inspired and moved by a simple walking tour. Carolyn was knowledgeable and made the tour about harlem's past and its present a must do when in NYC, for tourists and NYC locals alike. more

Excellent tour 10/14/2013

Tour guide very personable and knowledgable! Fun night! more

I'm a historian and it's filled in lots of gaps in my knowledge of black history. 9/12/2013

There's lots of tours listed online and not a single one of them met all of my needs. When I found Welcome to Harlem, I put everything that I wanted in the online contact form. Carolyn later called me. One of the things I wanted to do was go into a brownstone and other places told me they probably couldn't do that for me. Carolyn told me it was possible. All of the things that we wanted to see, she made sure that we saw. We were together all day--I'm still tired from walking all over Harlem. She explained things that we saw and put everything in context. I left there yesterday and I understand Harlem in a way that I never expected to. I had heard about Harlem all my life and people have told me that it wasn't a place I wanted to go but I didn't believe them. I was surprised and pleased at what we saw. I'm Black and a historian and it filled in lots of gaps in my knowledge of Black history. more

Very Knowledgeable 8/10/2013

Carolyn the host, is extremely knowledgeable about old Harlem and how the area transitioned to current Harlem. I brought my family reunion to this tour, and while it was the hottest day in NYC, she made adjustments so that it was not only bearable but quite enjoyable. I look forward to going on this again in October for Strivers Row tour. more

Wonderful time in Harlem 8/8/2013

Thank you Cheryl for the wonderful tour. My friend from Spain joined me on this tour, and both him and I, a native New Yorker, learned a lot. More than learning, your personal stories gave the tour more meaning. The jazz at the end of the tour was also great at the American Legion. Loved the atmosphere and the people were so friendly, as was the food so delicious. Great times in Harlem, and I look forward to returning! more

The tour was very good. The jazz could have been good. 8/2/2013

Would have been very good if we could have sat inside the club for the Jazz session. We were on the back patio and the speaker was poor quality. Seeing jazz on a monitor is fair but hearing it clearly is essential. more

Excellent 8/2/2013

I took my 15 year old daughter on her first trip to NYC. Among our many fulfilling adventures, the Harlem walking tour was one of the very best. Our guide was knowledgeable, warm and enthusiastic. She covered both historical and current events as we walked through the neighborhoods. My daughter liked it so much she wants to go back for the jazz tour when we are in NYC again. I highly recommend Welcome to Harlem. It's a great organization. more

we enjoyed our tour 8/1/2013

we learned a lot about Harlem and enjoyed ourselves despite a rainy day more

great walk 7/31/2013

both my husband and I enjoyed the walk very much. It was so informative and our guide was very knowledgeable and interestingly added her own character. We will recommend this tour to all our friends. more

Great tour. Great guide. Great part of town. 7/31/2013

I was very pleased to have such a concentrated look at the areas around 125th ST. A wise way to do it all. I felt we covered a great deal in less than two hours--and had a few extras thrown in. more

A great tour 7/27/2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Harlem. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and a great sport about having to lead us around on an unbelievably hot day. The history of Harlem is fascinating, and I would definitely recommend this tour. more

Fantastic!!! 7/11/2013

Our tour was great!! Aside from the awful heat (which clearly you cant control) it was great. our tour guide was super informative and overall lovely. She has a great relationships and you can tell she truly loves her community! I can't wait to come back and do the other tours! more

We came to love Harlem through this tour 6/30/2013

Never been to Harlem before, now a big fan thanks to this tour. more

Excellent, informative walk! 6/28/2013

Carolyn gave us a terrific walk around Harlem, learning about the changes in 125th street in the last few years, and then learning about all the beautiful brownstones and their architectural details. We learned of old and new restaurants and jazz clubs. We'll be back! The Rushtons more

Mount Morris Walking Tour 6/26/2013

Our tour guide, Sheryl(sp?), was excellent. She obviously loves the history and beauty of Harlem. We really enjoyed learning so much from her. Hope to take a different tour with her our next time in the city. more

From a native New Yorker, this is one of the best things to do in New York! 6/24/2013

I first became aware of Welcome to Harlem through a website called SweetJack, which is similar to LivingSocial. They were offering a great deal, a 1 1/2 hour walking tour through Harlem. Even though I am a native New Yorker, I haven't experienced anything like this so I thought this would be a good catalyst into taking advantage of this whatever the cost may be. I took some time to research Welcome to Harlem before buying the deal. Their website was very easy to navigate and explained in detail all the various tours available so there was nothing left for me to wonder about, all of my questions were answered from the website, which really helped to make my overall experience seamless. Before I decided on a day, it was a matter of seeing what the weather would be like and if it was conducive to a walking tour. It turned out that the weather was exquisite on the day we chose to take the walking tour. It was dry, sunny and in the high 70's. When I called, the woman who answered had a very warm and welcoming voice. She explained the details of the tour and what our expectations should be for the day. We took the rail from Queens and found their office with no trouble. Cheryl was our tour guide for the afternoon. She told us that the tour would take about an 1 hour and a 1/2. It ended up being twice as long due to Cheryl's wealth of knowledge and our groups continued conversation. We really enjoyed it. We all connected nicely with each other. When we parted company, we exchanged emails with Cheryl because she wanted to share information about the other tours they offer. And by the time we got home, Cheryl had already sent us a very nice email with all the information we had asked for. I have no complaints and no suggestions on what could be done better. They were wonderful! Welcome to Harlem is a wonderful organization. They hire residents of Harlem, so that adds depth to the emotions because it's their home turf. I am really glad I discovered this service because as a retired school teacher, it will be nice to take guided tours during the summer from a company with such deep knowledge. Kenn Agata more

Make this a must do 6/24/2013

This tour exceeded expectations. The tour guide/owner went out of her way to give us a peek at what a wonderful neighborhood Harlem is. She was articulate, well informed and delightful to spend a couple of hours with as we walked through neighborhoods and business districts. She was well versed on community efforts to maintain the historic character of one of NYC oldest sections and shared information about other tours and upcoming events in Harlem. more
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Owner Message

  • Welcome to Harlem is a boutique-tour company focusing on the rich history and cultural diversity of Harlem. We have been in business for over ten years, and a NYC and NY State certified minority and women-owned business. We are a full-service tour company that responds to the pulse of Harlem and its unique enclaves. We open your eyes and ears to the rich history and cultural diversity of Harlem through music, dance, theatre, shopping and dining.

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon 10:00am-06:00pm, Tue 10:00am-06:00pm, Wed 10:00am-06:00pm, Thu 10:00am-06:00pm, Fri 10:00am-06:00pm, Sat 10:00am-06:00pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Harlem, Uptown