A Walking Tour of Harlem

My friend and long-ago housemate Rachael came north for a visit the other day, and she had suggested we meet up in New York City for a free walking tour of Harlem. It sounded like a great idea, so we joined up with our friend Jenn and set to walking!


To be fair, we did more standing and listening than actually walking. Our tour guide was a super friendly but fairly rambling gentleman, so our two-hour tour eventually became two-and-a-half hours. Still, the tour is free and you’re just invited to leave a tip, so it’s a pretty good deal. Here are some of the sights we took in:

I’d never really explored Harlem before, but I’d love to go back and listen to some music sometime. That’s the nice thing about New York City – there’s always another pocket to explore, and always more things to listen to and taste than you have time for.


We ended up having a snack dinner at Red Rooster, rolling our way through appetizers and snack plates. The cornbread and mac’n’greens were both pretty tasty, and my meat-eating compatriots seemed to enjoy the chicken & waffles. Plus you can’t go wrong with fried green tomatoes, one of the foods I miss the most from living in the south.

It was a great way to learn some history and to catch up and hang out with friends!



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