New York has an incredible range of renowned religious institutions, notable for their history, architecture, and/or inspirational music. I’ve listed two of Harlem’s premier gospel institutions; if you would rather go to one of these gospel services in the company of a knowledgeable guide, there are organized tours available. Additionally, you may like to hear the rousing gospel of the four-time Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

If you do plan to attend a gospel service, be prepared to stay for the entire 1 1/2- to 2-hour service. It is impolite to exit early. (Services are extremely popular, so you’ll find it just plain difficult to leave before the end anyway.)

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