Since I first set foot in New York in 1986 I felt at home immediately. Originally from the Netherlands I was able to adapt to the new life pretty fast and have never looked back.
Working in the tourism and hospitality industry I made my way through a variety of companies from hotels to tour operators and attractions, ultimately becoming the commercial head of the Top of the World Trade Center Observatories, and after 9/11 almost immediately for the Empire State Building Observatory.
Because of my love and fascination for this great city I have gained over the years great knowledge of this city; it's history, it's culture, it's architecture, the wonderful food, the huge variety in neighborhoods, the energy and so many more reasons, so I decided to volunteer as a Big Apple Greeter, my first connection with tour guiding.
After spending 8 years back in the Netherlands from 2005 to 2013, I returned with my family to New York (we just had to!) and decided to do what I like best: host groups and individuals visiting New York City (and it's surroundings). So I work in a company that handles all travel arrangements for visiting groups and at the same time I have become an official New York City tour guide in order to be able to officially guide groups through my favorite neighborhoods.
The greatest thing about this city that it will never stay the same. If you leave for a year and return you will encounter so many new things. So living in this city and just keeping up with all the changes, new restaurants, museum exhibitions, stores, buildings, bike ways, etc. etc. is almost a full time job. You never get bored whatever your interest.
So I hope to be able to share my passion for this city for many years to come and look forward to hosting many groups to New York City