I t is my proud pleasure to show and share New York City, my home for twenty-one years, and professionally licensed Tourguide since 2008. As a 3.5 generation New Yorker I grew up hearing my parent’s NYC stories and the city’s trivia. Educated at Columbia University I was influenced by scholars including James Shenton, Kenneth Jackson, Raymond Horton, Kenneth Koch, and Mitchell Moss.
My life has held me entwined in the fabric of this great city. I was employed at major New York corporations and institutions like the New York Times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Reader’s Digest and IBM, and I have worked in community organizing, training, and management consulting for affordable housing co-operatives. I have helped a Chinatown Housing organization expand across New York City. I volunteered on the successful campaigns to revise the NYC Charter and to elect the first Dominican City Council Member in Washington Heights, the Manhattan Borough President, and the first Public Advocate, as well as several Mayoral and City Council Races. I led the registration of 5000 voters at Columbia University and in nearby Harlem in English and Spanish. I was a community gardener in the East Village. I continue to be active in community organizing and outreach programs.
My tours are high-energy, personal, intense, fun, dramatic, passionate, tasty, smart, knowledgeable, and droll. My work is based on memory, reading, scholarship, other tours, documentaries, personal experience. I appreciate high culture, low-brow, and everything in between. I love history and pointing out ironies and poetry in meaning through space and time. My tours show an appreciation for the major monuments, the overlooked, the forgotten. The great figures from history and the regular guys and gals pop in and out, inspired by the streets, parks and buildings. I have a background in adult and adolescent training, so I have an appreciation for interaction and involvement with learning and memories.