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Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

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Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

Hi there all you helpful TA NYC specialists ;-)

After finalising our stops for the 2 week NYC-Boston-Maine experience I am finally trying to narrow down on an itinerary for our 3 1/2 days in NYC.

During my search for music events/ concerts I have stumbled across the Harlem Week website and noted that "A great Day in Harlem" is on 27/7/14 during our stay in NYC and as we were quite keen to get to see/hear some Gospel music anyway we thought this might be a great opportunity to see something more authentic than the touristy "Gospel Brunches" and we would also hope to get a taste of some local foods, yum. I have tried to research some old posts but have had no luck in finding any more info regarding this.

We know it is at U.S. Grant National Memorial Park – W. 122nd Street and Riverside Drive which seems to be easily accessible by subway from the Beacon Hotel where we are staying.

Would you recommend spending an afternoon there (2 adults and 2 teens 15/17, we all love music and food) and what else could we combine with this on the sunday to use our day efficiently ?

We will be arriving at JFK on Fri 25/07 early afternoon and leave tues 29/7 at 8 am from Penn Station to take Amtrak to Boston. Trying to catch some of The "One Republic" Today series concert at Rockefeller Plaza on the Friday night.The only set date is SOL crown access at 8 am on the saturday, yes not wasting any time lol, followed by Ellis Island, 9/11 memorial and possibly Brooklyn Bridge if we have the energy ? We also want to see GCS, Empire State, TOTR with viewing platform, Wall Street, a glimpse at Times Square and Central Park (Strawberry fields) as well as Greenwich village.Will we manage all this? Staying in the UWS at Beacon Hotel on Broadway and will get 7 day subway pass.Phew, guess that is it for now and hope you can help or tell me what we have forgotten ;-)

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1. Re: Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

It looks like the International Gospel Showcase is from 3:00 - 4:50. Keep in mind that it could be VERY hot and humid. I would do an indoor activity prior (maybe the American Museum of Natural History). You could then head up for the 3:00 show and browse food vendors after. Maybe stay for the 6pm "Concert under the stars" if you have the stamina and temps are favorable.

You should have time on Monday for GCT, TOTR, Central Park (skip ESB). Then head to Greenwich Village later in the day. Doing both ESB and TOTR is overkill for a short stay, and ESB can be a big time investment with lines. If you really want to do ESB, you can do it late at night.

You can check out Times Square at night whenever you have time. It's best at night and things stay open late.

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2. Re: Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

Thanks Christnp2, AMNH might be a good idea, I honestly have not factored in the weather on this one, it was just a spur of the moment idea when I saw it, thought it might be something different. Let's see, I also noticed some Jazz performance on the sunday in Central Park which might be more convenient for our schedule.

There also seems to be something called amplified Sundays at the Riverside Park South, just need to work out whether the teens are allowed to go.

Thanks for the advice on TOTR and ESB, we were intending to just look at the ESB and go to the viewing platform of TOTR anyway, especially lookingg at the price for 4 people, 1 view will do. Guess we will have to decide the day there and then depending on the weather.

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There's no need to go to ESB to just look at it. You'll get a nice view from TOTR and on the ground, it's not terribly impressive (imo) from the street. I think for such a short visit, it would be a good idea to do some sort of overview tour in a nice air condiotioned bus, esp. at that time of year. I'd strongly consider using

Onboardtours.com

or see if

Freetoursbyfoot.com

has one of their bus tours on a day you're here. Make sure to plan some sort of cruise, esp. If you dont do onboardtours which includes one.

Goldstar.com

sometimes has discounts.

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4. Re: Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

The Great Day in Harlem sounds fun! I would call the neighborhood Grant's Tomb is in "Morningside Heights" however. And there is a lot of stuff to see there. Riverside Church is huge right across the street, and Columbia University has a pretty campus only a few blocks away. If you take the path down the hill to the North, behind Grant's Tomb, you will end up under the highway at 125th Street, home to delicious Dinosaur BBQ.

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5. Re: Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

@nywhizz, thanks for your advice although I wonder if you misread my post, we are in New York from Fri afternoon to tuesday morning which gives us 3 1/2 days to see some of the sights.

We are not into organised city bus tours but might try a 2 hr walking tour but might have to adjust our itinerary according to temperatures. We will try and do the strenuous walking bits early on in the day and take it easier in the afternoon.

We will also visit the SOL so I guess we will get that view from the boat too ;-)

@shawnito, thanks for that insight, sounds good. We now wish we had stayed 6 nights in NYinstead of 4 but we want to see New England too and what a good excuse to return to NYC another time when we haven't seen everything during our first visit lol.

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6. Re: Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

I agree, shawnito, Grant's Tomb is in Morningside Heights, just a wee bit south of Harlem.

I'll second Christnp's suggestion of doing AMNH in the morning to stay cool. But, if interests are elsewhere and heat tolerance allows, you could start at 110th & Amsterdam, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Also a snack at the Hungarian Pastry shop across the street - a Columbia University 'icon'.

From there head up Amsterdam to 116th Street and enter the Columbia University gate. Cross the main quad - impressive architecture - and exit at the 116th & Broadway gate. Walk up Broadway to 122nd Street, passing Barnard College, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary.

Left onto 122nd Street - there you'll see the Manhattan School of Music, Riverside Church, Sakura Park, and International House. After 2 short blocks, 122nd Street dead-ends at Riverside Park and Grant's Tomb.

Enjoy!

Edited: 07 June 2014, 17:35
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7. Re: Help please- Gospel music in Harlem- what else?

Thank you so much frangipani for all those tips

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