Exploring the Boroughs of New York City Sightseeing Program
Almost a city unto itself, Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world. Founded by the Dutch in 1658, Harlem was once farmland and the first US home of hundreds of thousands of European immigrants. The center of New York City’s African American culture, Harlem is a diverse neighborhood with a vibrant and influential history. Your fully guided tour explores the changing face of Harlem, with special focus on the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. A literary, music, drama, and art revival in Harlem, the Renaissance period cultivated and nurtured the talents of great jazz musicians like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, and authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois. Home to the famed Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, the effect of the Harlem Renaissance can still be felt in America’s artistic and cultural life today.
The Bronx is the only borough actually connected to the North American continent. It gets its name from the Bronx River, named for Jonas Bronck, one of the first settlers in the 1600s. The Bronx continues to surprise even native New Yorkers. Most notably known for its world-famous baseball team, it also has beaches, a globally recognized zoo, a botanical garden, and countless historic sites. Over the years, it has been home to Tony Curtis, Anne Bancroft, Edgar Allen Poe, Colin Powell, and Ralph Lauren, as well as the many different immigrant groups that have shaped the borough. Step into the Bronx and you will weave yourself into yet another thread of the fabric of New York.
As you depart the Bronx for Brooklyn, the route will take you through Queens, driving by Citi-Field (where the Mets play baseball), the Billie Jean King Tennis Complex (home of the US Open), and Flushing-Corona Park (home of the 1939 World’s Fair Globe). Arrive in Brooklyn, the real crossroads of the word. Traditional and hip, city and suburb, historic and cutting edge, cultured and gritty, Brooklyn is a city unto itself (if it were to be a separate city, it would be one of the most populated in the USA and maybe the most culturally diverse). Once the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, it is now the new home of the Nets basketball team, playing at the brand-new Barclays Center. You and your guide enter at the northern edge and travel through Williamsburg (including the large Hasidic Community), Ft. Greene, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO.
Highlights: Apollo Theater, 125th Street, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, History of Jazz Music, Yankee Stadium, Arthur Avenue, Grand Concourse, Brooklyn Bridge, Barclays Center, Fulton Ferry Park, Views of the Manhattan Skyline.