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  1. GANYC Announces New Certification Course!


    GANYC is proud to debut the first official round of our new Certification Course! This 10-week course is designed to enhance and certify GANYC members skills beyond mere licensing requirements.   GANYC certification will be promoted to advertise GANYC as the main resource for travelers and Tour Operators to go when seeking the very best professional guides in New York City. As licensing standards are continually under attack, GANYC needs to work to make clear to the world in many ways that our members are vetted professionals.

    Registration is available now!

    Key info: The course will take place over 10 consecutive weeks: Thursdays between Sept. 13th through Nov. 15th.   Course will include classroom sessions and fieldwork.  Classrooms sessions will be held at WeWork near Battery Park.  Fieldwork locations TBA.

    Class Schedule:
    Sept. 13   6pm to 9 pm
    Sept. 20   6pm to 9 pm
    Sept. 27   6 pm to 9 pm
    Oct. 4       6 pm to 9 pm
    Oct. 11    6 pm to 9 pm
    Oct. 18    3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Oct. 25    3:30pm to 6:30 pm
    Nov. 1       6 pm to 9 pm
    Nov. 8      6 pm to 9 pm
    Nov. 15    6 pm to 9 pm

    Attendance is mandatory at all sessions in order to be certified.

    Class size is limited to 15.  All participants must be GANYC members (Full or Provisional).  Tuition $300.

    Here are some testimonials from members who've taken the course:

    "I found the GANYC certification program extraordinarily enlightening in terms of what a tour can and should be. The different perspectives on our industry, how tours are designed, and what we should look for to talk about while out and about was eye-opening beyond my wildest dreams. After 12 years in this industry, this program has revolutionized my understanding of my craft and my business. Additionally, now that more and more cities are having their governmental licensing laws struck down, the writing is on the wall for New York. If GANYC ever wants to achieve its goal of legitimizing our trade and establishing proper professional standards, an in-house certification process is more important now than ever."
    --Matthew Baker
    (Beautiful New York Tours
    Secretary - Executive Board, National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations)

    "It was simultaneously an honor and a humbling experience to be in a class with so many gifted and senior tour guides. I pride myself on the quality of my tours, but was chastened by all I didn’t  know and all that I had to learn. I am a competitive person by nature, and this class really made me want to up my game—that’s the highest compliment I can give."
    -- Robert Brenner
    (Pig Feet Walking Tours)

    Space is limited for the fall 2018 session, sign up now!

  2. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Alison Martin


    Introducing GANYC guide: Alison Martin!

    Company: Alison's NYC Tours

    Phone: 646-524-5292

    Social Media: InstagramFacebook

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    Four years.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I've lived in New York City my entire life and I want to share my passion and knowledge with others.

    What types of tours do you offer? 

    I offer walking and private tours of New York City.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    I offer tours relating to art galleries and public art.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Meeting new people and showing them the city I love.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Summer.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Two years.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Fellow tour guides.

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

    Enjoy as much as you can during your visit. The number of things to see and do are endless. New York is a place like no other!


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

  3. GANYC Job Fair!

     

    Registration for the 2018 GANYC Job Fair & Talent Expo is now live!

    The event is open to *ALL* licensed NYC sightseeing guides. GANYC members attend for free. There is a fee for non-member guides, which can be applied toward membership application should you choose to join GANYC after the Fair.

    As many as 40 tour operators and destination management companies are expected to exhibit.

  4. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Emmanuel Hadar


    ​Introducing GANYC guide: Emmanuel Hadar!

    Company: Giovanna Vista Corp

    Phone: 305-609-6795

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    8 years.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    The people of NYC.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    A smile.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tours, bus tours and airport pickup.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    Synagogue tours.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    September.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    6 months.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    From a friend.

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

    Do not think twice, do what you want to do when you are in NYC.


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

  5. Queens Historian Jack Eichenbaum on NY1


    GANYC member, and Queens borough historian, Jack Eichenbaum was featured on NY1 News today about his Queens tours along the 7 line. This day tour makes several stops in the borough to look at several unique neighborhoods in the "world's borough". Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.

    You can watch video here: Queens historian enjoys keeping 7 train tours on track

  6. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Bruce Bernstein


    ​Introducing GANYC guide: Bruce Bernstein!

    Website: BruceBernsteinNYC.com

    Company: New York City Hiking Tours

    Phone: 917-734-1881

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    More than 12 years.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I was leading hikes in and around NYC and started studying Central Park extensively.

    What types of tours do you offer? 

    Walking and Hiking Tours.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    I find leading my tours to be fun and I always learn something new when I give a tour.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Spring, Summer and Fall.

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

    I have just published a middle grade novel called "You Gotta Have Heart" which is suitable for ages 10 and up (adults included!). It is about an orphaned 12 year old boy growing up in NYC  in 1999 whose parents were licensed NYC tour guides.  Many of the scenes that take place in the book will be familiar to GANYC guides. The book is available in paper for $9.99 on Amazon and will be available elsewhere and as an e-book soon. The editorial reviews have been excellent.

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

    If you buy the book and don't like it, I'll give you your money back-no questions asked. That's an offer that can't be refused.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    More than 12 years.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    From another tour guide.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    I love going on GANYC Fam tours and I have led five of them myself, three in Central Park, one in Prospect Park and one in Vinegar Hill/DUMBO.

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

    Prepare alot for a tour and enjoy what you are doing.


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


     

  7. GANYC Job Fair: September 24!

    SAVE THE DATE: GANYC 2018 Job Fair & Talent Expo - September 24

    Calling all GANYC and licensed NYC Sightseeing Guides! The 2nd annual GANYC Job Fair & Talent Expo will take place Monday, September 24 at the Watson Hotel on West 57th Street. GANYC expects to have 30+ tour operators and DMCs with whom you can interview for jobs. Save the date - more information, including registration info & link, will be available soon.

  8. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Jack Eichenbaum

    Introducing GANYC guide: Jack Eichenbaum

    Company: The Geography of NYC

    Phone: 718-961-8406

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    38 years.

    What types of tours do you offer? 

    Walking, subway or bus/walking.

    Do you offer Niche tours?

    Ethnic neighborhoods, planning and redevelopment, Nieuw Nederland.

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

    Yes. I was featured on NYC Media - Neighborhood Slice... Season 3, Episode 6: Flushing (video ).

    I was also featured in the NY Times in 2010, "The Historian Knows, and Walks, About Queens" (link


    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    An enjoyable outlet for my geographic knowledge of NYC.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    The interaction with and between participants.

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

    The NEW World of the # 7 Train,  10:00 AM- 5:30 PM, Saturday, July 15;

    Life and Art Along the L Train,  10:00 AM- 5:30 PM, date TBA. Fall, 2018

    Contact me for details.

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

    $10 discount on all day tours along a subway line.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    May through October.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    1 year +

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Other guides.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    The fam tours.

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

    ​The REAL NYC is not seen from inside a vehicle or from a cellphone screen.

    Interact with it!  Be sure to venture beyond popular tourist attractions.

  9. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Jason Thompson

    Introducing GANYC guide: Jason Thompson!

    Company: Tour Noir NYC

    Phone: 646-403-6909

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    Since March of 2017!

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I'm a lifelong New Yorker and love this place to pieces and am constantly dismayed at the lack of knowledge people have about where they live. I'm trying to fight the lack of knowledge and intellectual curiosity that seems so prevalent in this country one tour at a time! Also I didn't want to work in an office...

    What types of tours do you offer? 

    I do a sightseeing theater walking tour called Tour Noir NYC.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    Tour Noir: A Dame to Guide For is the definition of a niche tour! Tour Noir NYC combines a film noir comedy with a walking tour of Lower Manhattan. The story goes that I, humble tour guide Jason Thompson, am in the middle of leading a tour when my ex-fiance interprets and then tasks the tour group with finding her missing husband. Together we travel through Lower Manhattan and solve clues and do some fun screwball style comedy bickering while trying to find this missing person!

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    I love when people get very into the story and interact with me and the actress playing the role of my "ex-fiance". This shows that the play is engaging  and I enjoy seeing all the moving parts come together and work in unison. I like to think of it as watching other people solve a puzzle I've already solved. I enjoy watching that process.
     

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Hopefully the next season coming up!

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

    PERNYC Podcast - pernyc.com - scroll to the middle of the page for the one titled "tour noir" - listen for a GANYC mention - and some light ribbing - all in good fun!

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

    The clothing designer KidSuper took my tour with his mom (both longtime friends) and they charmed the hell out of the journalists I was presenting to. Both journalists got her number and promised to call her for life and career advice. So that was pretty funny to me.

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

    I'm doing a $25 promotion for the next 2 weeks - (from 6/10-6/24) just email me and talk about being in GANYC and we'll set something up.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Since October 2017.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    A friend of mine, who is a tour guide, does fantastic tours of Grand Central -- Zoe Seda -- told me to join.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    GANYC helped set up a fam tour for me which went very well (picture proof on my website). Being part of a knowing community that speaks your language and can relate to your experiences and pass on hilarious stories and pearls of knowledge is always a great perk. It's a welcome treat to be among people who parlayed intellectual curiosity and a passion for New York City into a profession. Plus I enjoy collecting business cards at the network happy hours and hopefully setting up more fam tours.

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

    Make sure you hit all the major tourist sites. If this is your first time in New York, you better see the Statue of Liberty and Times Square and don't avoid it because it's not trendy or whatever. You're not impressing anyone by seeking out the best dive bar in the City. Be a tourist and own it - how many times are you going to be here realistically? Hit the main touristy sights for sure and then do something off the beaten path. Be a tourist and own it because no matter how hard you try we all know you're an "out of towner". And that's okay. Just own it.

  10. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Janet Kirchheimer

    Introducing GANYC guide: Janet Kirchheimer!

    Company: JanetK Tours

    Phone: 917-541-4800

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    12 years.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    My love of learning about the history of the community.

    What types of tours do you offer? 

    Walking tours: a synagogue and cemetery tour.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    The First Jewish Community in North America - founded in 1654.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Providing those who take my tours with information about the history of the community.

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

    I do private tours, rather than tours on a specific day/time.  Once any reader contacts me, I can be in touch about price range and discounts.  The tours are entitled:  The First Jewish Community in North America: Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan; Synagogue Tour; Cemetery Tour.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Summer.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Since January 2018.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Found it on the internet when I did a search for tour guides in NYC.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    I recently attended my first meeting and learned a lot about GANYC -- met some other guides and we exchanged cards.

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

    Walk the streets and soak up the atmosphere. And have a tour guide give you information you'd never find out on your own.


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

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