Podcast & Blog

  1. Spotlight on GANYC Guides: Alfred Pommer

    Introducing GANYC guide Alfred Pommer!


    Company name: New York City Cultural Walking Tours

    Websitehttp://www.nycwalk.com

    Phone:  212 979 2388

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    28 years.

    Have you or your company been featured  in print, broadcast (tv or radio) or online media? 

    I have authored four New York city guide books published by the History Press.

    (LINK)


    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    A life-long interest in New York City's architecture and history.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tour that focus on architecture and history. My tours include interesting pictures and stories of each neighborhood's past.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 

    Sharing my knowledge of New York City past with anyone who is interested.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    26 years.

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    To read about New York City's history.
     

    (For more info or to book a tour with Alfred check out his GANYC profile by clicking here)

  2. Spotlight on Industry Partner: Alon Moreshet of Guiderr

    Introducing GANYC industry partner -- Guiderr 

    Websitehttps://www.guiderr.com

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram


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    What year did your business open?

    2016.

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    Families with children traveling to New York who need help personalizing their itineraries from professional tour guides and agencies.

    What drove you to work or create this company/organization?

    Personal experience drove me to create this company. I have a family of five and we love to travel. However, whenever we tried planning our itineraries, we found ourselves confused and stressed out. One day, I realized that the answer to this problem would be local experts who could give me their opinions. Thus, Guiderr was born, and exists to solve these problems for all families who are struggling to find guides or plan their itineraries. This way, families can receive direct, personalized advice from experts who know the area and how to best satisfy the interests of the entire family.

    What upcoming or annual events, promotions or sales would you like to promote?

    Currently, we are starting to launch into New York. We are looking for tour guides and agencies to join us in this process. As we grow as a company, we need a few brave trailblazers to get on board and see just how beneficial Guiderr can be.

    What special deals, sales, events or promotions are you offering to GANYC tour guides and their customers?

    Tour guides that join Guiderr in the next 2 weeks will get to use our system for free for 3 months. That means Guiderr will not take any commission from sales made through our service during those 3 months.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 

    When families give us feedback about how smooth their vacation planning process was. We know that most families hate the planning process, so when we are able to hear that it was enjoyable for them, we are happy. It is also extremely gratifying to know that their vacation was a success, as well. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing that a family had one of the best vacations of their lives as a result of Guiderr.

    Any fun stories or favorite moments you can share about why you love working at your business?

    Our business revolves around fun. The entire purpose of our company is to ensure that the entire family is enjoying themselves and the vacation as much as possible. This goal is the basis of Guiderr's existence. 

  3. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Hal Weiner

    Introducing GANYC guide Hal Weiner!


    Company name: Papa Razzi's Photo Tours

    Phone: 917 957 8244

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    15 years, I think, maybe longer.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season? 

    Summer and holidays. I am a top of the bus guide at BigBusTours NYC.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I took a tour on a top of the bus with Gray Lines after I closed my law office after 32 years of law practice.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    A combination of walking tours and public transportation especially utilizing the Staten Island Ferry and Water Taxi.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    Yes. Photographic tours of NYC for pro and advanced amateur photographers with emphasis on variety, not architecture including nature.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 

    Meeting and chatting with families from over 70 countries in the course of a year.

    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization? 

    All my clients are celebrities. They discovered NY.  Actually it was a group from the House of Lords in Great Britain with the former Law Lord of England whose writings I studied in NYU Law School.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    14 years, I think, maybe longer.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Lee Gelber sponsored me when I was at CitySights in the early years.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    I have had good school tours from Hong Kong spanning a week.

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    Do not take surface transit of any kind if you are in a big hurry. The only way to get around town is subway or helicopter.


    (For more info or to book a tour with Hal check out his GANYC profile by clicking here)

  4. Spotlight on Industry Partner: Thomas DeGeest of Wafels & Dinges

    Introducing GANYC industry partner Wafels & Dinges 


    Websitehttps://dinges.nyc

    Phone: (212) 510-7114

    Email.


    Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube
     

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    Q: What year did your business open?

    2007.

    Q: Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    Well we like to think that we make "best moment of the day" for our customers. We see a lot of people looking to share a special moment of indulgence with a best friend, with their mom, their kid, their colleague...It's fun, it's just wafels. And dinges. Dinges is Belgian slang for toppings. Everyone likes to be a kid again. 

    Q: Has your company or organization or any members of the organization received any awards?

    + 2009 NYC Vendy Award for Best Street Vendor

    + Thrillist "The best dessert cart in NYC, bar none" 
    + Time Out NY - Top 5 Best Fast Food Restaurants in NYC
    + "Best Dessert Truck in America" by the Daily Meal
    + "Most Popular Food Truck" in the USA
    + "25 Most Fantastic Food Trucks" in the USA by Forbes
    + "Best Belgian Waffle" in NYC

    Q: Has your company or organization been featured  in print, broadcast or online media?

    Yes:
    +The Today Show

    Q: What drove you to work or create this company/organization?

    It was the summer of 2007, when the King of Belgians, Albert II, got word of soggy “Belgian waffles” in that far away Land of America. They were found in obscure diners, made of pancake batter. “These so called "Belgian" waffles are a disgrace!” So his majesty commissioned the Special Forces from the Ministry of Culinary Affairs, Department of Wafels. He knighted Thomas DeGeest to "Special Envoy for Wafels", and later crowned Rossanna Figuera as "Ambassador of Good Things". Wafels & Dinges was born. It all started with a ‘68 Chevy Truck roaming the streets of NYC. "Wafels & Dinges' mission shall be to give America's “Belgian waffles” a serious upgrade", Albert II declared. And the rest is history...

    Q: What upcoming or annual events, promotions or sales would you like to promote?

    There is of course International Wafel Day (March 25), when anyone dressed in yellow gets a free waffle. 
     
    On National Wafel Day (August 24), we have an "art challenge". In exchange for a drawing of a waffle propelled bicycle, a waffle rocket ship....every year it's another theme, you get your free waffle. We have a lot of fun with it. 
     
    The biggest event of the year however is the ANNUAL CROWNING OF THE WAFEL KING & QUEEN OF NYC. This happens usually two week after Labor Day. It's a big contest with big prizes. The King & Queen not only win a Year of Free Wafels & Dinges, but thanks to Brussels Airlines they also make a royal trip to Belgium in business class, and a whole week of royal treatment in Belgium. 

    Q: What is the most gratifying part of your work? 

    Simply said - delighted customers and happy employees.

    Q: What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization? 

    King & Queen of Belgium of course....quality control. True story. Tina Fey is a big fan Katie Holmes & Surie We've catered with Jack Nicholson, Martha Stewart, Rod Stewart, Matt Lauer, Bon Jovi...they all love Wafels. And dinges.  We have catered to virtually every movie and TV show that's shot in NYC.

    Q: What special deals, sales, events or promotions are you offering to GANYC tour guides and their customers?

    Well, GANYC guides and their customers get a FREE scoop of ice cream on any wafel (full size) they choose. 

    Q: Any fun stories or favorite moments you can share about why you love working at your business? 

    Ok - so people need to know that Wafels & Dinges was really the first "gourmet" food truck that emerged in 2007, and set the trend for the food truck wave in NYC and across the country. The whole story is below. We've since been part of daily life in NYC, with carts and trucks and kiosk in many of the most iconic NYC locations: 3 carts in Central Park, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Bryant Park, Herald Square and now Times Square. We started from nothing and now I like to think we're a little NYC institution. When it comes to waffles anyways. 
    People just go crazy when they can build their own waffles. We have people walking out with Double Deckers, Triple Stacks packed with strawberries, chocolate, whipped cream, spekuloos, bananas, ice cream....crazy crazy.
     
    Here's the whole story:
     
    It was in the summer of 2007, when the ailing King of Belgians, Albert II, got word of the “Belgian waffles” in the far away land of America. He was told the waffles were soggy, sometimes even greasy. They were served in low-life diners, with bacon, sausages and corn syrup. Horror. And worst of all, they were made with pancake batter!
     
    America’s fascination with Belgian waffles had started 40 years earlier, at the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens. It felt like summer romance back then. At the “Bel-Gem” waffle stand of Maurice Vermeersch, World’s Fair visitors discovered the temptation and joy of a light and crispy Brussels waffle, covered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. The flame of waffle love slowly faded though, and by the early seventies the waffles felt neglected and misunderstood. By the beginning of the new millennium, no one ever remembered the Brussels waffles. It was all diner-waffles now, round instead of rectangular, mushy instead of crunchy. 
     
    “These waffles are a disgrace to the culinary heritage of our Flemish and Walloon people. We just cannot let this go on”, his majesty said. So he commissioned the Ministry of Culinary Affairs, Department of Wafels, to remedy the waffle situation in the USA. 
     
    What happened next, you all know. The Ministry activated its dormant waffle-cell in New York City. After 10 years of living undercover as an IBM Management Consultant, the waffle-guy was called to duty. The King allocated an annual budget for the “waffle-surge” and let it be known that going forward, Thomas DeGeest would be the “Special Envoy for Wafels” to the USA.  He was tasked with drastically improving the “Belgian waffle” quality in America, starting in New York City. 
     
    The King had no idea of the cost to start a business in NYC, and so the budget was based on Belgian franks instead of dollars. With meager funds but with substantial moral support from the Ministry, his wife Rossanna and waffle lovers everywhere, Thomas bought a 1968 Chevy box truck and hit the hot dog and shish kebab jammed jungle of New York City. The Ministry wanted to name the truck “Les Waffles Royals”, but in an act of rebellion, Thomas baptized it in Flemish: “Wafels & Dinges”. Very few New Yorkers knew the true meaning of “dinges”, and that’s a good thing because it could really meaning anything. “Dinges” is the Belgian word for “stuff”, or “whatchamacallit”, or “what’s his/her name”.  For us, “dinges” means toppings.
     
    On October 17th of the year 2007, Thomas sold the very first waffle (one topped with Nutella) on the corner of Broadway and Prince Street to an unsuspecting waffle-loving trendsetter who may never know (or have the opportunity to brag to their friends about) being first among millions.
     
    The world began to take notice. Food blogs raved about the elusive waffle truck.  On November 12, 2007 the New York Post published a full-page article titled “He’s the Iron Man”. The next day the phones rang of the hook and Wafels & Dinges had a started its catering business, serving its Belgian goodness to private and corporate parties everywhere. The truck began to gain fans. More newspapers came. Morning show weather men started showing up, Belgians began descending to the truck en masse. A strange number of Japanese television shows began to take interest. Even Al Roker nearly lost his mind over a waffle on the Today Show at one point, but not all was well. Papa truck had begun to give out.
     
    You may have heard the stories or seen the videos. It’s all true. Like when an aging family member begins to act irrationally, there was not much that could be done. The truck blasted fire from its exhaust. It broke down on the way to a very important date at the 2008 Vendy Awards. It made sounds that set off all the car alarms across the block. On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, we were driving up Park Avenue South when friendly pedestrians pointed out that the bottom of the truck had caught fire. The FDNY cordoned off the avenue and we continued baking that day. Later we lost both our mirrors and the horn gave out. Something happened that made it permanently tilt to one side. At one point the gear shift stick came right out of the floor driving up First Avenue. After that and a few too many trips to the mechanic, the truck was no longer a manual, yet not quite an automatic vehicle but a beautiful if bittersweet hybrid, probably the first of its kind.
     
     But try we did. We got to know all the towing guys in the city and found out which ones could be bribed with waffles. They took the old ’68 Chevy on countless, fruitless visits to the mechanic. Soon the truck had to be tow-started every time it had to move. It was a spectacular endeavor that involved a rope, the waffle-guy’s station wagon and a lot of making sure there were no cops around. Eventually they were around and after a very amusing episode in criminal court, the truck retired itself to the corner of 7th Avenue and 22nd street where the waffle guy of turn would try to stay awake while daydreaming of customers and the joys of the open road.
     
                Flash forward to April 2009.  The Congress in Belgium finally approved a bill to increase funding for the waffle-surge. With a brand new truck, a whole new era had started. Real Belgian wafels were now being served across 14 locations in New York City, 7 days a week, 14 hours per day. The wafels never sleep.  The success of the surge started taking hold. Four mini-trucks were added in 2010. Vanilla waffle-aromas were noticed daily from Central Park all the way down to Battery Park. In over 38 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, soggy waffles were expelled to make room for the crispy real deal. 
     
    On a trip to  Belgian in late 2009, the waffle-guy discovered a new dinges. It was a spread made out traditional Belgian gingerbread cookies – “spekuloos spread”.  If you don’t know about it, you will. The Ministry challenged us to make it our signature topping. Thousands of samples later, we can proudly say that we put spekuloos-spread on the map in America. Even Bobby Flay experienced its secret dark powers as he got slayed by a spekuloos wafel during the “Throwdown”. 
     
    That year we made it back to The Vendy Awards and in classic Dinges style we were redeemed in full view of the world and on our own ancestral wafel grounds of Flushing Meadows taking home the top prize in our category. The dream was working. Our fan base was growing with fans as distinguished as Els Scheppers, the lovely lady who invented the Spekuloos spread, the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx, even the Crown Prince and Princes of Belgium gave the Wafels their seal of approval! Holy Dinges!
     
    Zagat woke up one morningin 2010 and rated us the number one food truck in the city. TLC, the Learning Channel even decided we were the number one food truck in the country. The culinary shows “Man vs. Food” and “Eat Street” dedicated a special feature to the “Wafels & Dinges” surge. Jerry Seinfeld recommended the waffles to Andersen Cooper.  And the rest, as they say, is history.
  5. Spotlight on Industry Partner: Nathalie Knobloch of Voila Chocolat

    Introducing GANYC industry partner Voilà Chocolat 

    Voilà Chocolat 
    221 W. 79th St
    New York, NY 10024

    Website: http://voila-chocolat.com

    Phone: 212 920 8799

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube
     

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    What year did your business open?

    December 2014

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    Anyone who likes chocolate and is not afraid to get his hands dirty.

    Has your company or organization or any members of the organization received any awards?

    Our master chocolatier: Christophe Toury was awarded Top 10 Chocolatiers 2015, in January 27 2016.

    (LINK)

    What drove you to work or create this company/organization?

    In 2012, Peter Moustakerski was hosting his daughter's 10th birthday at a make-your-own arts & crafts shop in New York City. He noticed how everyone at the party, both kids and adults, became joyfully immersed in their hands-on creativity and derived pure happiness from the shared experience. A long-time chocoholic, amateur chocolate scholar, and professionally trained chocolatier, Moustakerski related the experience to how he felt whenever he made his own artisanal chocolates. That was the moment he knew he had to create Voilà Chocolat, to share that feeling and that magic with others.

     
    Moustakerski left his successful career as strategy consultant and wealth manager, and assembled a “dream team”, which includes a nationally-recognized Master Chocolatier and a senior chocolate scientist, to help him create a unique place where every-day consumers, not only trained chocolatiers, could experience the fun and magic of crafting beautiful, delicious chocolates with friends, family and colleagues. The first Voilà Chocolat store opened in December 2014 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
     
    Voilà Chocolat has a simple vision: create unexpected happiness for all its customers. Its mission is to delight its customers with fun, artisanal and educational chocolatiering experiences, led by hospitable and knowledgeable staff, using the highest-quality ingredients, and promoting environmental sustainability and healthy living. As an artistic material, chocolate is endlessly fascinating, complex, and creative to work and play with, and Voilà Chocolat is dedicated to helping everyone discover the surprisingly rewarding and entertaining experience of making chocolates.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season? 

    The Holiday Season and Valentine's Day.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 

    Seeing the smiles on the faces of our customers, seeing them enjoy themselves and have a wonderful time together.

    Has your company or organization been featured  in print, broadcast (tv or radio) or online media?

    Yes, check out our press page. This includes: ABC News, SinoVision, and this segment from NBC Universal:




    What special deals, sales, events or promotions are you offering to GANYC tour guides and their customers?

    Voila Chocolat is extending the following offer to all guides of GANYC: 
     
    First visit at the store will be on us. Come with your friends, family or industry partner.
    Subsequent visits will be discounted by 20 %. Send an e-mail to nathalie@voila-chocolat.com when you are ready to come, indicating your wish date, time and the number of persons you woud like to bring so we can confirm availability and the offer. 
     
    Voila Chocolat is extending the following offer to all tourists working with guides of GANYC
    complimentary beverage with any experience and 10% on our retail products (except books and souvenirs) - Use code GANYC2017

    Any fun stories or favorite moments you can share about why you love working at your business?

    We had a customer, who is over 90 years old, who had a tough medical procedure, and the first thing he wanted to do with his family after he was discharged from the hospital was to come make chocolates at Voilà Chocolat. So he showed up with a group of friends and family, while he was still in a wheelchair and hooked to an oxygen bottle, and they had a great time. We exist so we can create moments like that - unexpected happiness moments for everyone.
     
    We had customers who choose our location to propose and get engaged. An other extreme moment of unexpected happiness.
     
  6. Benefits For NYC Guides!


    Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? For licensed NYC sightseeing guides, many local institutions and businesses want to boost their profile among our industry, so they offer discounts or complimentary admission. Here's a roundup of some current offers that we have been made aware of.
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    • Our friends at Voila Chocolat would like to  extend the following offer to all guides of GANYC:
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       "First visit at the store will be on us. Come with your friends, family or industry partner. Subsequent visits will be discounted by 20%."
       
       They are open everyday except Mondays from 11AM to 7PM. Send an e-mail to nathalie@voila-chocolat.com when you are ready to come, indicating your wish date, time and the number of person you would like to bring so we will confirm availability and the offer.  
       
    • GANYC members can get free admission to our industry partner, Gulliver's Gate.  A full city block wide, Gulliver's Gate is a technologically advanced, interactive and immersive world of  miniatures that will ignite your imagination and challenge your perspective.  Stay tuned to our Announcements section soon for more information on this offer.
       
    This is addition to a regular, recurring list of NYC institutions that offer complimentary admission for licensed NYC sightseeing guides. This list includes: Statue Cruises, The Museum of the City of New York, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York Historical Society, The Tenement Museum, and the Museum of American Finance.
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    (If anyone has any corrections to that list, or knows of additional institutions that make this offer, please contact us. Thanks!)
  7. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Linda Fisher

    Introducing GANYC guide Linda Fisher!

    Website:  Linda Fisher

    Phone: 917-568-8193

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    I have had my tour guide license since 1996 and have been actively conducting walking tours since then.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    I do neighborhood walking tours and am a docent at Grand Central Terminal.  I give my tours through organizations such as New York Adventure Club and Municipal Art Society.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    My signature tours are neighborhood walks in Queens.  My tours focus on Queens' rich history, and the story of neighborhood development and immigration.  My Flushing tour traces the roots of the neighborhood from the Flushing Remonstrance in 1657 to the Golden Mall Food Court and gives people a glimpse of working class New York life.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Spring, Summer.

    Have you or your company been featured  in print, broadcast or online media? 

    I was written up in DNA Info for my Jane's Walk in 2014. 

    (LINK)

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    As a native New Yorker, I have lived and studied the layers of history  that make the city so rich and dynamic.  I have a great love for Queens and want to let people know how wonderful it is.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    When people remark on how much they have learned on my tour, which enhances their understanding of the City and broadens their perspective.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Four years.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Being a GANYC member has given me confidence in my ability as a guide.  I've also learned much through FAM tours and have taken advantage of educational programming offered by GANYC.

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    Don't be afraid to do something out of the box - find a knowledgeable guide who will cater to your interests.


    (For more info or to book a tour with Linda check out her GANYC profile by clicking here)

  8. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Cindy Ladopoulos

    Introducing GANYC guide Cindy Ladopoulos of her own company: NY Cindy Tours!

    Website:  NY Cindy Tours

    Phone: 646-709-8165

    Email
     

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    I've been licensed for NYC for 5 years and for DC for 3 years.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Depending on the request/client need , I can either just be a Tour Guide for a few hours conducting a walking or bus tour, or I can service as a Tour Manager where I spend many days with the guests. Sometimes I even travel with the group and we visit several cities. 

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    I do several  neighborhood tours (like my most popular West Harlem tour) as well as several themed tours. Since I am bilingual and part of my business involves servicing Greek and Cypriot guests, I design several tours that highlight the Greek influence  on several buildings' architecture both in NY and in DC. I also conduct several Art tours in some of the NY museums and galleries. Since my first career was Market Research, it is very easy for me to customize my tours to consider  the client's interests so I can enhance their experience.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    I do not seem to have one season consistently busier than another. While student tours keep me busy in the Spring and Fall, family tours are busy in the Summer and then the  cruise crowd/seniors kick into  late summer and into fall. Incentive groups (that are usually booked though DMCs) seem to not have a particular season and  when there is a reason  to celebrate with a trip (i.e. a product launch, successful sales year, company buy out etc), I am happy to assist with  the celebration!  

    Have you or your company received any awards?

    No. I'm just happy pleasing clients and therefore,  getting paid for my efforts.

    Have you or your company been featured  in print, broadcast (tv or radio) or online media?

    Although I have been written up in several blogs, printed articles and 2 radio shows, I have never been interviewed on TV.

    What drove you to become a tour guide or tour operator or create this company/organization?

    Years ago, when I was in advertising, I would watch the Double Decker buses go by and think how much fun it would be to be a Tour Guide. Years later, I decided to start my Tour Guide career as a Tour Guide on the Double Decker buses.  

    Starting out at Grayline, allowed me to polish my scripts, network with other very helpful Tour Guides, learn the bus routes and eventually start my own company.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Knowing that I succeed in enhancing the guest's NY adventure and that I  help make their  trip  fun  and  memorable.

    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization?  Any fun stories about when they visit your business? 

    I once was set up (from a concierge) with a celebrity who I immediately recognized but I knew I was supposed to just call him "Joe" (which I realized  was not his real name). He was accompanied by a very nicely dressed woman.  "Joe"  had given  me a $100 bill as a tip before we had started the tour and while  we were waiting for his  friends, another couple,  to meet  us (at a museum). He had explained that he was tipping me upfront as they would be rushed in the end ...  

    At the end of the tour, when the other man (i.e. Joe's friend) tried to tip me , I thanked  him and told him that his friend  had already tipped me. He insisted on tipping me anyway stating"you're really good". For a 2.5 hr art tour, I ended up making $200 in tip alone. Anytime I see "Joe" on TV, I smile and wish I had more guests like "Joe " and his friends.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Since 2012.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Attending the FAM tours and mentoring some members has empowered me and helped me gain confidence in my knowledge and skills. Networking with GANYC members has helped me gain more business as well as allowed me to share projects when my direct client needed more than 1 Tour Guide/Tour Manager or asked for a refferal (on those rare occasions when  I was already scheduled elsewhere). I only refer people I have worked with and most of them are GANYC members.  

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    Do not be afraid to ask for directions as New York residents are just regular  people and if you are respectful of them, they will respond  in kind.



    (For more info or to book a tour with Cindy check out her GANYC profile by clicking here)

  9. News You Can Use

  10. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Lady Altovise

    Introducing GANYC guide Lady Altovise

    Instagram / YouTube

    Phone #: 212-464-7792

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    13 years.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Spring Break - Birding Season.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking Tours through Manhattan neighborhoods-- History of Gospel Tour and the music it influenced, Soul Food Tours, Harlem Renaissance Tours, African American Diaspora Tour.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    History of Gospel Tour and the music it influenced... is a walking tour that concludes with an musical production in a theatre with a live band and and gospel choir, Soul Food Championship... is a food tour  featuring soul food items with a county fair theme, i.e. Blue ribbon winners of BBQ ribs, Fried Chicken, Sweet potato pie, etc, African Diaspora Tour of Black settlements in Manhattan from 1680's thru today.

    Have you or your company been featured  in print, broadcast or online media?

    Yes, see my YouTube channel for videos on: History of Gospel Harlem Tour, Soul Food and Gospel Music experience.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    My son was offered a free trip to Egypt if he took 3 tours ranging in duration from 1 hour, 1 day, 1 weekend. In doing so, I was like...HEY, I can do this! Id be great! Its just like acting. The history is the script, the tourist are the audience, and NYC is my stage!

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    The children that tell me things they learned on my tour and plan to talk about it in SHOW & TELL.

    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization? 

    Mariah, reality creator/producer/and star of Married To Medicine, Trayvon Martin's entire family took my tour. Central Park 5 also.

    What special deals, sales, events or promotions are you offering to GANYC Followers and our industry partners and their customers?

    Buy 1 get 1 free, free dessert of your choice at Sylvia's World Famous Soul Food Restaurant.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    1 year.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    CitySights Double Decker Union meeting.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Great reputation, has gotten my foot into many doors.

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    Starbucks & Museums will allow you to use the restroom! Also The "BLUE A" grading system for surprise inspections.

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GANYC is an association of independent tour guides. Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC provides a listing of all member guides to the public.GANYC is not liable, or responsible, for contractual obligations made between clients and tour guides. GANYC stands for Guides Association Of New York City.

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