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Private Sustainable Harlem Tour

A unique opportunity to experience impactful grass roots organizations, eat amazing food and learn about the incredible history with a famous neighborhood tour guide!

Tour Info

Ticket price includes lunch and we make donations on your behalf on this highly interactive, unique social impact tour!

Duration: 4 hours

Tour includes: Full lunch, supplies for street clean up, donations to Green & Blue Eco Care and Sustainable Fashion Community Center as well as supporting minority owned businesses!

Walking Distance: 1.7 miles or 2.7 km

Tour meeting point: In front of The Schomburg Center at 101 135th St, New York, NY, 10030

Tour Capacity: 4 min / 14 max. NOTE: 4 person minimum for tour to operate.

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Join us for a one of a kind social impact experience on our Sustainable Harlem Tour. On this tour guests are able to support hyper-local, community-based organizations and learn about the movements and people behind them, while experiencing Harlem on an authentic level.

We are thrilled to be partnering with some amazing community organizations in Harlem to bring this tour to life.

You will have an opportunity to learn about and volunteer with an important and impactful new venture from the New York Fair Trade Coalition at the Sustainable Fashion Community Center. The space serves as a clothing recycling center, a member-led pop-up shop, and a safe space for gathering, sharing, and educating. The program launched in February of 2021 in direct response to the pandemic with the goals of providing commercial space to business owners free of charge, and bringing financial stability, commerce, beauty, and hope back to NYC.

Next we grab lunch at locally, black-owned and sustainable restaurant FIELDTRIP. Founded by Chef JJ Johnson, a James Beard Award Recipient, and Harlem local, FIELDTRIP highlights rice traditions from around the world with globally-inspired flavors and techniques  Part of their mission is giving back directly to the community with their main focus on feeding the community’s youth. Partnering with Madison Boys and Girls Club as well as Head Start North Bronx they bring reliable healthy meals to the community’s youngest mouths.

Along the way we will meet Simone of Green and Blue Eco Care for a deeper look at the green spaces in East Harlem. Simone is a tree steward who uses her vast knowledge to clean up and green up the community. Her efforts began as “guerilla gardening” and now she works in coordination with the parks department to maintain tree pits, plant new street trees, and maintain a pollinator garden. She facilitates a street-clean up as we make our way through East Harlem.

No tour would be complete without an expert tour guide to bring the destination to life. You will be led through the historic and cultural past and present of Harlem with the one and only Lady Altovise! Altovise has over 20 years of experience guiding in NYC, and has called Harlem home since she first moved to the city. “I was drawn to Harlem in the 6th grade… we had to learn a Langston Hughes poem. Mine was ” Mother to Son”. Little did I know my family had been quoting this poem all of my life!”

Super Enjoyable Sustainability Tour of Harlem!

Amazing tour! Loved that I learned so much about the history and stories of Harlem, from the local tour guide as well as got the chance to support the community through the street cleanup portion of the tour. Simone from Green & Blue Eco Care was super informative about NYC's street trees and I enjoyed learning about textile recycling (and clothing swapping) at the Sustainable Fashion Community Center in East Harlem. Plus lunch at celebrity chef, JJ Johnson's, FieldTrip was delicious!

– Dahlia R - TripAdvisor