Jared “The NYC Tour Guide” Goldstein


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.

Jared GoldsteinMy 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.

Why choose me?

Professionally licensed Tourguide since 2008. My tours are high-energy, personal, intense, fun, dramatic, passionate, tasty, smart, knowledgeable, and droll.

How long do tours take?

Typical tours last about 3 hours. Special tours can be a full day.




Ellen and I very much enjoyed our time with you in NYC. Your knowledge and on the fly tour decisions made it a fun and educational day for us. Your help made my first NYC experience a great one. Hopefully we will see you again on our next visit.
Peter and Ellen
Jared was fun and engaging, and really showed me New York he knows and loves. It was my first time in this city and I would definitely get another tour when I come back. Thanks for a great tour and delicious pizza, Jared!
Nataliya B
Jared our guide wove poetry and literature into pointing out to us the sites. He told personal stories and gave great recommendations for coffee shops and restaurants. I will be spending more time in the village next time I’m in the city.

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