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Things to Do: Sightseeing

A good overall introduction to Harlem might be a sightseeing Hop On Hop Off bus tour through Harlem and lower Washington Heights, but ultimately you will want to either book a guided local tour or explore the neighborhood on your own to get the full experience of Harlem. There are several local tour companies offering neighborhood walking tours that highlight Harlem’s social and cultural history, and its jazz-gospel and culinary scene.

The Official New York City Tourist Information Centers are located at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street, Times Square – 42nd Street and within Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street.


Double-decker sightseeing busses that visit Harlem are City Sightseeing New York, Gray Line, Big Bus New York, Go New York Tours and Open Loop.

From major transportation hubs such as Port Authority which has a number of private and coach buses that connect with the 1, 2, 3, A and C, trains run uptown from 42nd Street – Times Square.

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