I had the great pleasure to be part of a Big Onion Tour in Harlem, on the Martin Luther King day. During two hours we went at different locations, each chosen carefully by the guide because of their historical importance in understanding the development of this neighbourhood. My previous experience of Harlem was going through in a Greyhound bus in 1986… At that time, the amount of garbage between houses and bad neighbourhood was what I recalled the most. After the walking tour, my understanding on the various eras and how Harlem was first developed in perspective of the whole New York history was fascinating and so interesting. Our guide, a phD student, was very knowledgeable, fun and dynamic. He started often by a general presentation of the political and historical situation to make us understand why and how Harlem became such a predominant African American neighbourhood, pointing out the cultural aspects and the business aspects this community put into its development. I'll go back in Harlem to explore more and I'll take for sure other Big Onion tours in the future.
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