Ben grew up about an hour and half from Grand Central Terminal in the Hudson Valley. He has vivid childhood memories of family trips into the city to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and being blown away by the enormity and magic of the city during the holidays. Later, as a teenager, he and friends would regularly make up alibis to sell their parents so they could sneak onto a Metro North train and walk from Midtown to the Village to buy comic books, bootleg cassettes and see live shows. He finally moved to the city full-time in 2003. Ben had the incredible opportunity to become a news assistant at NY1, which got him deeply concerned about local issues. That led to a position at a local good government group where he wrote about corruption and held forum discussions to help inform communities about how local government affects them. In early 2014 Ben got his NYC Sightseeing Guide license and has since been leading tours for Rockefeller Center, several neighborhood food and history tours, and the observatory at One World Trade Center.