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Amy Cook
GANYC Certified Guide
Amy Cook

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Weekends and evenings, some weekdays with advance notice


Whether you are visiting, or reside here without yet fully *living* here, Amy can share what it’s like to be a real New Yorker. She has been in Brooklyn for over 20 years and loves to share stories of the ever changing city. Insatiably curious, Amy is always absorbing new information and experiences to enrich her tours. Having studied history and urban planning, she loves New York City’s past, and is also mindful of the way in which New York today is constantly evolving. Downtown, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope are among many excellent places to explore with Amy’s help. Amy particularly enjoys unlocking the delights of New York’s tango scene. As a NYC Certified Volunteer Citizen Tree Pruner and former Master Gardener, Central and Prospect Parks are favorite haunts. Amy gave her first tours at a winery near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and has worked in restaurants, so food and libations sneak into just about every talk. She’s dined in the once secret 21 Club wine cellar, been backstage at multiple Broadway shows, marched in the Tartan Day Parade, watched the Macy’s Day Parade from Snoopy’s eye level, and danced tango on the Coney Island Boardwalk. 

Amy enjoys delivering bespoke experiences for clients in response to their particular needs, interests and requests. As a keen traveler herself, Amy is especially conscious of the needs of her customers and strives, at all times, to make their experience the best it can be. Ask about walking tours for your area of interest, or a private tour for individuals or a group.

Tours & Services Offered

Special Tours: 
  • Historic Hotels of New York: Surviving the Gilded Age and Prohibition (Waldorf and Statler weren't just Muppet curmudgeons)
  • Boarding Houses, Barbizon, Beresford and Beyond: The Evolution of Communal Living (AKA, a whirlwind NYC history of convincing single family house owners to share walls with their neighbor)
  • Visiting the World of ‘Mad Men’
  • The Scots Who Built New York
  • Prospect Park: Brooklyn’s Backyard
  • High Line/ Chelsea Market
  • Downtown Manhattan
  • Park Slope
  • Cobble Hill/Atlantic Avenue
  • Virginians in NY
  • Red Hook
Services Offered: 
Tour Guide
Tours Offered: 
Central Park
Grand Central Terminal
Greenwich Village
Olde New York
Private Tours
Prospect Park
Walking Tours

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