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NYC Gospel Walking Tour

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Summary

Discover the elements of gospel music as well as its unique cultural and historical roots.

Learn about how gospel music is intertwined throughout neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Experience the soulful sounds of a Grammy Award-winning multicultural choir.

Listen to the beautiful, uplifting sounds of a world famous NYC gospel choir, learn the history of American gospel music and view the gorgeous homes and churches of Brooklyn Heights during this NYC Gospel Walking Tour. Our tour begins in lower Manhattan where we learn about the roots of African American gospel culture and the experience from which gospel music emerged. Then, we continue on to Brooklyn Heights, with its gorgeous brownstones, historic homes and churches, and view the church that launched gospel music onto the world stage. Finally, we end our tour at a church in a concert-hall setting with a Grammy Award-winning multicultural choir where we listen to modern and contemporary gospel music.

Details

$45 per person

Sundays at 9 am all year round.

Foreign Language: Sundays at 8:30am in Spanish (Español) during March through December

4 - 4.5 hours [1MI/1.6KM]

Meeting Place: In front of Trinity Church [located at 79 Broadway, New York, NY 10006]

End Point: Downtown Brooklyn

Please purchase MetroCard prior to the tour for two stops: Brooklyn Heights and the return home.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Out of respect for the congregation hosting us, please dress appropriately and refrain from wearing flip-flops, tank tops or shorts. Also, please note that due to the popularity and policies of the church, guests who wish to sit in the main sanctuary where the choir is performing must stay for the entire service (from 11am to 1pm). Also, on certain Sundays, an ensemble of top singers will perform at the discretion of the church.
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Reviews

"Great tour, very interesting all around and a fantastic way to know all about the origins of gospel music. [The Tour Guide] was a fantastic guide, always making sure everyone was listening and enjoying themselves." --Manel Z, Brazil

"What a wonderful tour guide ... turned out to be. A fountain of knowledge with a magnificent voice breaking out in song when informing us about the source of gospel music. With so much enthusiasm from our guide, how could we not have had the best time! The service in the Brooklyn Tabernacle was such a highlight, the singing lives on forever. Great tour." --913denise, Greater Perth, Australia

"We did the NYC Gospel Walking Tour on Sunday November 9th. Although guide ... had no voice he succeeded in explaining everything about gospel and Brooklyn Heights. He even sang (hard to do without a voice) and let us sing to get into the spirit of gospel. Great tour, great expercience, great host ! Thanks ! We'll be back !" --EricD1966

Reviews

"I took this Gospel-tour two weeks ago, solo as a visual impaired person (no peripheral sight). The tour guide made everything to make it easy for me to enjoy this tour. Our guide knew many interesting facts, and attending the Gospel-service at Brooklynite Tabernacle was amazing. You must also stay for the sermon, but you do that with pleasure to respect the church community. A must-do in New York on a Sunday." --glennms1983, Blankenberge, Belgium

"Great tour for gospel lovers! Despite the freezing weather, we enjoyed walking around Brooklyn and learning the basics of gospel music. The church service is long but it's worth to hear the introducing songs." --Judit A, Lleida, Spain

"We did the NYC Gospel Walking Tour on Sunday November 9th. Although guide ... had no voice he succeeded in explaining everything about gospel and Brooklyn Heights. He even sang (hard to do without a voice) and let us sing to get into the spirit of gospel. Great tour, great expercience, great host ! Thanks ! We'll be back !" --EricD1966

"What a wonderful tour guide ... turned out to be. A fountain of knowledge with a magnificent voice breaking out in song when informing us about the source of gospel music. With so much enthusiasm from our guide, how could we not have had the best time! The service in the Brooklyn Tabernacle was such a highlight, the singing lives on forever. Great tour." --913denise, Greater Perth, Australia

"Great tour, very interesting all around and a fantastic way to know all about the origins of gospel music. [The Tour Guide] was a fantastic guide, always making sure everyone was listening and enjoying themselves." --Manel Z, Brazil

"Just got back from New York and we went on the Gospel Tour ... OMG it was really cold but well worth it we had an amazing time the highlight of our trip anyone going to New York you really have to book this tour. THANK YOU ... and please thank the church it was so uplifting" --Angela D, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

"Great, detailed information by tour guide about the history of gospel and an unforgettable service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle with its famous choir." --thverm, New York, NY

Getting Here

Subway Options: 4 or 5 to Wall Street, 1 to Rector Street, R to Rector Street Station, or J or Z to Broad Street