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A Sunday in Harlem

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A Sunday in Harlem

We are traveling to NY on 30th of May. The Sunday we would like to spend in Harlem. We have booked the Red Rooster for a dinner. During the day, we (family with two teenage boys) would like to join a gospel service. We have read dreadful reviews of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Which would be a good alternative and at what time does the service start? Anything we would need to be aware of? Any further tips for the afternoon?

Thanks for your suggestions

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21. Re: A Sunday in Harlem

Check this out. It is in Brooklyn downtown but i have only heard good stories about this place.

http://www.brooklyntabernacle.org/

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22. Re: A Sunday in Harlem

Here is our feedback after our visit:

After having read various less favorite comments on the experience of attending a Gospel service in Harlem, we were really hesitant to go. Being back home, I would like to let you know, that it was a wonderful experience. We wanted to visit the Abyssinian church. But when arriving in Harlem we immediately bumped into a queue of tourists who were just being let into a church. We spontaneously decided to simply join them. We were welcomed in a very friendly way a couple of times during the entering of the church. Of course we were given an envelope for donations, but without any further comments. The church looked like a theatre (and was a cinema in the past). The "stage" was prepared for the choir and the instruments and all started with wonderful singing. Afterwards the preacher held a really positive, encouraging, eloquently put service. It was such a different experience from usual European services. Be warned though, for non native speakers it is not easy to follow. At no time did the preacher ask for money. There was just the usual collection of the envelopes. Throughout the service, also the tourists were addressed in a very welcoming way. So, we can highly recommend this church for your visit: The First Corinthian Baptist Church.

Afterwards we leisurely strolled through Central Park, which we found to be really different from the Southern parts and had a nice stroll through Harlem. Since we did not visit the Abyssinian in the morning, we went there for their monthly Jazz concert in the afternoon instead. Again we were welcomed really warmheartedly. Probably, we were the only tourists, however. Most certainly ours were the only teens around. We had lovely contact with the locals during the break.

We ended our day in Harlem with a dinner in the Red Rooster with a live Jazz performance.

Overall our favorite day in New York.

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23. Re: A Sunday in Harlem

Nicely done and great feedback

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