About:

I am a born-and-bred New Yorker from Brooklyn, and I often joke that taking me out of New York is sort of like taking a fish out of water. I forget how to function! My family immigrated here in the early-80's and we've been here ever since. Being raised in a low-income, Outer Borough, immigrant community naturally immersed me into the city's cultural diversity, and I aim to bring out that appreciation for diversity and complexity in my tours. Today, I lead tours for various companies and have recently launched my own, "New York Narratives," which will aim to tell the untold stories of our city. While I am still putting together the nuts and bolts as of this writing (November 2023), I encourage you to check out our website: https://www.newyorknarratives.com/.

My professional background is as a community organizer, and much of my work in the city has involved organizing for civil rights, civic engagement, and cultural understanding. Growing up in the shadow of 9/11 as a Muslim New Yorker was a formative experience for me, and taught me the importance of storytelling as a means of reaching people across our differences. I love exploring new cultures, traditions, and stories and blending them into my tours where they fit as I continue to uncover the beauty of our cosmopolitan metropolis.

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from NYU with a focus on community organizing, and a Master's Degree in Islamic Studies from Columbia. I am something of a history and humanities nerd. I am able to read in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Hebrew.

I also work as a tour guide for the Museum of the City of New York and was an advisor on its recent "City of Faith" gallery, and am routinely invited as a guest speaker and consultant on topics related to New York City.

When I take you on a tour, I strive to bring to life the stories of the people and places we cover. I am a passionate storyteller, and my goal is to leave a lasting positive impact on you through the stories I tell and the passion I bring. Let's talk!

Special Tours:

At New York Narratives, I am working to develop a number of specialty tours that are hard to find anywhere else (if at all). Please stay tuned for updates on those!

Languages:

English

Availability:

Reach out to dandia.asad@gmail.com or asad@newyorknarratives.com to inquire!

Services Offered:

Corporate Meeting Staff Lecturer Tour Consultant Tour Guide Tour Manager

Tours Offered:

Downtown Manhattan Virtual and Online Tours Wall Street/Financial District African American History Brooklyn Chinatown/Little Italy Churches & Houses of Worship Civil War History DUMBO Grand Central Terminal Greenwich Village Harlem Immigrant Experience Irish Immigrant History Italian Immigrant History Jewish History Lower East Side Revolutionary War Walking Tours