The Harlem Rhythm and Rhyme Walking Tour

A truly unique experience

Learn about Harlem’s art & culture

No other tour like this

Are you ready to experience and feel the streets of Harlem talk?

If so, you will want to book your spot now on the Harlem Rhythm and Rhyme Walking Tour with Debi Kops, a long-time Harlem resident, tour guide, and historian. Learn about the powerful words that were spoken on Harlem’s streets, written in books, shared through music, and how they helped shape this community and its culture to be one of the most unique in NYC.


No other tour company offers a unique Harlem culture tour like this

Explore the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Visit the "Crossroads of the Black World" — The Speakers Corner

See Langston Hughes’ house, one of the foremost figures of the Harlem Renaissance

Visit Hotel Theresa, a vibrant mid-20th century center of African-American life

Hear live readings of speech and poetry from individuals who left their mark in Harlem

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Trip Details

The specifics

Price (USD)

$60 per person

Start time

10 AM

Meeting point

Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York


Every 3rd Thursday, all year-round

Exceptions: December 24-25, December 31-January 1


2.5 hours

Group size

Maximum 30


World-class walking tour with local expert guide

Not included

Transportation, lunch

What to bring

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring an open mind and heart, camera, and a smile on your face

Good to know

Tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

What you'll do

Listen to poems and speeches from individuals who have left an everlasting imprint on Harlem through their words. Some of the people whose work you will hear are Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Bayard Rustin, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Marcus Garvey, Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (Song by Abel Meeropol), Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and more.

So, make your way uptown to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to feel the streets of Harlem talk and let our friendly experts take you on a journey through this famous NYC neighborhood.

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