The Mount Morris Park Historic District was first designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Being one of the earliest landmarked districts in the 5 boroughs in Harlem, it covers a 16 block area in Central Harlem.
Going north from West 118th to West 124th Streets and West from Fifth Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard (7th Avenue) Mount Morris Park Historic District showcases a remarkable blend of late 19th and early 20th century residential and church architecture associated with the Gilded Age.
The well known "Doctors' Row" commonly known as West 122nd Street, Mount Morris Park West, and Malcolm X Blvd. all demonstrate the remarkable survival of substantially unaltered 19th-century streetscapes, rare in most areas of Manhattan.
Once the walking tour comes to a close you will be treated to a lunch at a local Harlem restaurant.
Welcome to Harlem takes pride in showing off our beautiful city and sharing the history of the Mount Morris Park Historic District and all of the beautiful sights along the way!
Please Note: Tours do not operate on the following dates:
Tours departs from 2360 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.) Between 126th & 127th Street. A, B, C, or D, to 125th Street, exit near intersection of W 125th St and St Nicholas Ave., walk east one block on 125th street to 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.), turn left and walk to 126th & 127th Streets. You will see the sign for Welcome to Harlem. 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street, exit on the left side of the station and walk west two blocks to 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Blvd.), turn right and walk to 126th & 127th Streets. You will see the sign for Welcome to Harlem.
This tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance
Please note that our website has a default setting which indicates a shipment will be made, however, tickets are not necessary and will not be mailed to you. Please ignore all emails regarding shipments.
Posted by L S. on 14th Jul 2013
This tour was really great. Our tour guide was very personable, knowledgeable and extremely interesting to listen to. I live in NYC and still found this to be a great way to get to know the ins and outs of Harlem, as well as receive a very interesting history lesson. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Posted by Lillian C. on 14th Jul 2013
Our experience with Welcome to Harlem was very good. Carolyn is really knowledgeable about the area. We saw and learned a lot. Overall, we had a good time.
Posted by Pat M.stop mofsov on 14th Jul 2013
Dear RoseThanks so much for the great recommendations. We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour, the Mass at Corpus Christi was just beautiful. We had brunch at the Red Rooster and it was great fun. but the Parlor Jazz recommendation was simply amazing. We had an extraordinary experience Miss Margery should be elevated to National Treasure status. What an ethereal, beautiful, humble, generous soul. Thanks again for making Harlem happen for us. We will be back. Best regards from Pat and Matt Melvin.
Posted by Diane M. on 14th Jul 2013
Had a wonderful tour with Carolyn. She was extremely knowledgable about the history of Harlem and therefore, made the tour very interesting. Carolyn was passionate about her Harlem and that made it that much more enjoyable. She could not have been nicer. I am a believer in learning new things everyday and that is what happened on this tour.
Posted by Betty P. on 14th Jul 2013
One of the best tours I've ever taken. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.
Posted by pat k. on 14th Jul 2013
Guide was very informative. She pointed out many things that we never would have noticed by ourselves. Was shorter than what was stated on the website. And didnt include lunch as was stated
Posted by Eileen A. on 14th Jul 2013
Carolyn Johnson is a very knowledgable guide and her enthusiasm for Harlem made the tour that much more interesting.
Posted by Betsy K. on 14th Jul 2013
Learned so much about Harlem which though i've live on the Upper West Side all my life, i didn't know! Thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide! She was knowledgable, fun, and approachable.
Posted by Alan N. on 13th Jul 2013
The Harlem tour was the highlight of our three days in New York City. We were warmly welcomed by the lady(sorry I forgot her name)as we waited for our tour guide Cheryl. As we walked down 125th Street it seemed every other building had some interesting information about it's history. From resturants, jazz lounges, fantastic cupcake bakery to the beautiful brownstone neighborhoods Cheryl had stories to tell. She was very informative, obviously well versed and proud of Harlem's history. We were delighted to return home and find the Wa Post had an article about the Apollo and the Wall Street Journal had pictures and an article about Maya Angelou which included information and pictures of her Brownstone in Harlem.
Posted by Lois S. on 13th Jul 2013
Our guide was knowledgable and informative. We enjoyed the tour very much and enjoyed getting to see the vibrancy and highlights of Harlem
Posted by Erica S. on 13th Jul 2013
I am a NYC local resident and thoroughly enjoyed this tour of historic Harlem. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very personable. I learned so many fascinating tidbits about the history of the neighborhood. Highly recommended!
Posted by Leslie M. on 13th Jul 2013
My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Having lived in NY all my life, I had never been to Harlem in this way. It was very educational and the tour guide was quite informative. I would go back to Harlem and visit some of the places we saw.
Posted by Suzanne D. on 13th Jul 2013
The tour was given by the owner of this small business, and she has a deep and personal knowledge of Harlem. It is a special treat to have her insights into the history, from years back to recent, of a neighborhood that has been home for her for many years. She gives marvelous back-stories of the community leaders, the politics, the architecture, and the social changes she has studied, or seen.
Posted by ole p. on 13th Jul 2013
Had a wonderful morning in Harlem with a wonderful guide I will recommend you to my tourist friends good to see what Harlem is again a beautiful place ole pedersen
Posted by Carmela L. on 13th Jul 2013
Hi, REALLY enjoyed the tour and learned a LOT!!!! Will definitely recommend it!!!! Many thanks!!!! Carmela
Posted by susan b. on 13th Jul 2013
the guide was very knowledgeable and took her time with us, it was a small group so we had individual attention. A lot of good photos and we finished it off with lunch at red rooster.......didn't like the chicken caesar salad but the burger was great. Thank you for a good experience learning about harlem
Posted by Jasmine C. on 13th Jul 2013
Carolyn was very knowledgeable and informative. We had a great time!
Posted by ann a. on 13th Jul 2013
Carolyn was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable, and charming. It was really a wonderful afternoon. I would recommend her to anyone interested in Harlem.
Posted by Jean F. on 13th Jul 2013
Thanks to our guide, a wonderful wealth of knowledge and a passion for Harlem and its residents, it was factual and interesting! Keep up the good work, this is needed and eye opening. Can't believe I knew so little about Harlem after living in NY and attending Harlem's PA Program for 3 years! Thanks again!
Posted by Frederick F. on 13th Jul 2013
Like too many people, my wife, son and I had lived all our lives in this area without experiencing Harlem. We learned how much we've been missing out on thanks to this great tour. Carolyn Johnson has a wonderful personality and backs it up with impressively deep historical and cultural knowledge. This was a terrific way to spend a Saturday morning.