New York Gospel Music Tour

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New York Gospel Music Tour information and booking

4 hours
Departs from
Trinity Church, Lower Manhattan
Returns to
The Brooklyn Tabernacle17 Smith StreetBrooklyn, NY 11201
Time of departure
March - DecemberSundays 9:00amSpanish (available on Spanish site only)Sundays 8:30am
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Tour description provided by Viator

Elevate your trip to New York City with a 4-hour tour of Brooklyn Heights to learn about African American gospel music and experience it in person. Take the subway from Manhattan to the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to admire historic churches and brownstone homes. Consider the history behind the heavenly hymns as you stroll around Brooklyn and along the Promenade on the Hudson River. End the tour on a high note with a Sunday-service experience at the acclaimed Brooklyn Tabernacle.

At your selected time, meet your guide in front of the Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. Once the group is together, take the subway (own expense) to Brooklyn for an easy, 2-hour walking tour to discover the history of African American gospel music. Your experience culminates with a 2-hour live gospel performance. On your walking tour, enjoy the iconic brownstone homes and stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for an unbeatable view of the Manhattan skyline on the Hudson River. Along the way, your guide delves into the evolution of the genre, from its origins in American slavery to its influences on today’s Billboard charts. Pass by Plymouth Church, where the a cappella group known as the Jubilee Singers captivated New Yorkers, and put gospel music on the map. Keep your ears perked to learn about other important figures including Charles A. Tindley (aka the “Father of Gospel Music) and Thomas A. Dorsey, and how this inspirational music influenced a wide range of jazz, rock and blues musicians such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles.After your walking tour of Brooklyn Heights, you'll arrive at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in the heart of downtown for a church service. What began with a handful of members in a small, run-down building is today a nondenominational congregation of nearly 10,000 people. It's perhaps best known for its Grammy Award–winning choir, which has catapulted the gospel genre into the hearts of people around the world. See for yourself as sermons get a boost from either the Brooklyn Tabernacle's own choir or from visiting gospel groups. You might find it hard to resist letting out a “hallelujah!” as the unified choir sings uplifting songs and hymns. When the service is over, you are free to explore Brooklyn at your leisure with a provided map that notes subway stations and dining suggestions.

What's included

  • 2-hour walking tour
  • 2-hour church service
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Map of brooklyn with suggestions

What isn't included

  • Subway ticket (usd$2.75 for single ride ticket)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Return transportation to manhattan
  • Gratuities (optional)