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  1. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Michael Pellagatti

    Introducing GANYC guide: Michael Pellagatti!

    Company: Occupy Tour NYC

    Phone: 551-227-8673

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Twitter

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    Four years.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Summer.

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

    Yes, my tour was profiled by the NY Times in 2015.

    (LINK)

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I was sitting in Zuccotti Park looking for my next job when a tour bus rolled by and I said to myself: I could do that! Later I decided to turn my Occupy experience into a tour.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tours.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    My niche tour is on Occupy Wall Street; where I will recreate the movement's encampment and go over what made Occupy successful and what were the movement's shortcomings; using my own experience having lived at Zuccotti Park.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Teaching the youth about how all social justice movements are linked together; and inspiring them to get involved with or start their own movements.

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

    Jennie Livingston, director of 'Paris Is Burning', was once on my tour.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    3 years.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    From a fellow GANYC member Matthew Cummings.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    GANYC has helped me to network with other guides who could share clients with me in respect to my specialty tour.

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

    Keep it moving and keep it moving fast.


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

  2. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Cristina Lombardi


    Introducing GANYC guide: Cristina Lombardi!

    Company: Follow Me NYC Adventures

    Phone: 718 673 8414

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    Six years.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tours.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    My walking tours are designed to be "Adventures"- we go inside a variety of famous places and fun businesses along each route giving guests a more hands on, behind-the-scenes experience.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    May-October.

    Have you or your company been featured in media?

    I have been featured on the Travel Channel program "Mysteries at the Museum"- episodes will air this coming spring!

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I have a theater background and being a guide played nicely into my dramatic sensibilities and my love of telling stories to people. I'm also a history buff and I love being able to share my love of New York City's history with visitors.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Meeting so many fabulous people from all over the world and being out an about in the city I love every day.

    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business?

    No famous patrons but I get backstage at lots of theaters so I have met some incredible casts over the years.

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

    Sign up for my mailing list and get 10% off your first tour! Visit my website for details!

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    One year.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    From other guides.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Networking and access to Tour Operators.

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

    Don't be afraid to leave your guide book behind. It's great to plan your trip carefully but spontaneous exploration leads to fabulous discoveries. And, for goodness sake, ride the subway!


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

  3. Spotlight on Industry Partner: Tourist App!

    Introducing GANYC industry partner -- Tourist App

    Website: touristnewapp.com

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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    What year did your business open?

    2017.

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    Travelers, tourists and locals.

    What drove you to create this company?

    We wanted to create an Uber-inspired app for tour guides.

    Mobile apps are disrupting the status quo in the Travel & Tourism Industry, and we are a part of that.

    Please read our blog! http://wp.touristnewapp.com/blog/

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Summer.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Building an ecosystem for connecting travelers/tourists/locals, tour guides, referrers (concierges, etc.) and business partners (gift shops, attractions, etc.)

    What special deals are you offering to GANYC tour guides and their customers?

    Any tour guide member of GANYC will receive an extra 5%.

     

  4. GANYC Apple Award Nominees!

    The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)  is proud to announce the nominees for the 4th Annual GANYC Apple Awards on March 12, 2018 at the SVA Theater. The Apple Awards celebrate those who make New York City great. Over a dozen awards are given out each year to individuals & organizations from across our five boroughs.

    Nominees are submitted by the entire membership of GANYC, who will also vote on the final winners.

    Our nominees are:

    Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture

    Harlem Late Night Jazz
    CreateNYC
    League of Broadway Theaters
    The Art Deco Society of New York

    Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism

    NYC & Company, Tourism Ready training program
    Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
    Evelyn Hill Concessions
    NYC Ferry expansion

    Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation

    Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
    New York Preservation Archive Project
    Murray Hill Neighborhood Association
    Janifer P. Wilson

    Outstanding NYC Website

    Curbed New York
    City Lab New York
    Daytonian in Manhattan
    Spoiled NYC

    Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography

    Billy Schon, Tags by Ewok One, Jee, Mast, Ozbe, and Spot
    Rob Tallia, Flatiron, Hundredweight New York
    Bria Josephs, Henri Bendel, Diary
    Marc Yankus, Nineteenth Street, The Secret Lives of Buildings

    Outstanding Achievement in NYC Radio Program or Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word)

    Soundcheck, WNYC
    Cityscape, NPR
    Our Streets, Our Stories, Brooklyn Public Library
    Met Council's Housing Notebook, WBAI

    Outstanding Achievement in Fiction NYC Book Writing

    Francis Spufford, Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
    Lisa Ko, The Leavers: A Novel
    Joanne Oppenheim (Author) and Jon Davis (Illustrator), The Knish War on Rivington Street
    Tamara Shopsin, Arbitrary Stupid Goal

    Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction NYC Book Writing

    Kevin C Fitzpatrick, World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War
    David Oshinsky, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
    George Robb, Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression
    Julie Scelfo, The Women Who Made New York

    Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing

    Jane Eisner, Looking Forward with Jane Eisner
    Emily Nonko, Robert Moses and the decline of the NYC subway system
    Nathan Kensinger, Searching for New York City's Lost Soul
    R. C. Baker, Stopping The Presses, The last press-check guy for the Village Voice reflects on a life in print

    Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food

    Chef Harold Villarosa and The Insurgo Project
    Breaking Bread NYC
    Claus Meyer and The Melting Pot Foundation
    JaynesBeard Supper Club for Queer Women

    Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions

    New York at Its Core at the Museum of the City of New York
    Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy at the Museum of Chinese in America
    The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s at the Cooper-Hewitt
    Black Power! At the Schomburg Center

    In addition to these categories, GANYC will also be issuing our Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Apollo himself, Billy Mitchell. And for the first time, our Guiding Spirit Award will honor two amazing guides at once: Art and Susan Zuckerman.

    Tickets for this event, hosted by the incomparable Brian Stokes Mitchell, are now on sale! Early bird pricing for both general admission & VIP tickets are available through the holidays.

    To learn more about the GANYC Apple Awards, visit http://www.ganyc.org/2018-ganyc-apple-awards

  5. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Alessia Nencioni


    Introducing GANYC guide: Alessia Nencioni!

    Company: Barefoot New York

    Phone: 917-362-7713

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    4 years.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Summer.

    What drove you to become a tour guide or tour operator?

    The love for NYC and the flexibility of the hours.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tours. Mainly off the beaten path.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    I offer street art tours ( Brooklyn, Bronx, Lower east Side). Food Tour (Bronx Little Italy).

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    I love when the tourist leave my tour with a smile and with a greater love for NY.

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

    I can offer a 10% discount.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Not yet a year.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    I learn about GANYC through a fellow tour guide who is a member.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    It put me in contact with other tour guides. I learn so much through the many Fam Tours organized by GANYC. It gave me exposure through their website.

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

    Don't visit only the main attractions, but go and discover where the real NY life is.


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

  6. Spotlight on Industry Partner: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

    Introducing GANYC industry partner -- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

    11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

    Website: https://www.moma.org

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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    What year did your business open?

    1929.

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    At The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, we aim to be inclusive places—both onsite and online—where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions are welcome. We’re committed to sharing the most thought-provoking modern and contemporary art, and the ideal visitor will join us in exploring the art, ideas, and issues of our time.

    Has your company or organization or any members of the organization received any awards?

    We won the American Bus Association's 2017 "Best of the Best" award in the museum category; we previously won the Concierge Choice Award for Best Cultural Institution; and we receive TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award on an annual basis.

    Has your company or organization been featured  in print, broadcast  or online media?

    We receive a lot of coverage, but this New York Times story about our revealed expansion plans is particularly interesting. Our expansion will open in 2019 with 30% more gallery space!

    What drove you to work for this organization?

    MoMA is an iconic New York institution, and it's an amazing opportunity to get to share the collection, programming, and exhibitions with locals and tourists!

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

    The latest edition of MoMA's longstanding and celebrated New Photography series opens on March 18, 2018. (LINK)

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    I love seeing people connect with artwork that they recognize and be challenged by artists that they may not be familiar with. We try to be a really welcoming place for all ages and backgrounds, so seeing a diverse audience enjoying themselves in our galleries and at our programs is really satisfying.

    Any fun stories or favorite moments you can share about why you love working at your business?

    One of my favorite parts of my job is giving tours of the Museum for people who have never been before. Watching people see "The Starry Night" for the first time is such a special experience.

    What special deals, sales, events or promotions are you offering to GANYC tour guides and their customers?

    GANYC tour guides should get in touch directly for more information about our tours and group discounts.

  7. NYC Tourist Guides In The News!

    Last month, GANYC member Brian Fisher appeared on CNN, promoting local guides. He has provided us with a video of the segment. We love seeing our members-- and the NYC guide community-- get a media spotlight for their contributions to our city. Remember: a GANYC guide is the best bang for your (tourist) buck!

    You can watch the video on our Facebook page

    If you are a GANYC member and have been featured in the media, please contact us and let us know... we'd love to spotlight you!

    (Previous features of GANYC guides in the news can be found here, here, here, and here. )

  8. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Monia Bonaldo


    Introducing GANYC guide: Monia Bonaldo!
     

    Company: GuidaTuristicaNYC

    Phone: 1-917-951‑2527

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    Almost 3 years.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I like to meet and stay with people. I'm a very friendly personality, I love NYC, I'm very passionate and I enjoy very much this job, it fits perfectly with my personality!

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tours.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    Yes, I do food tours! On Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting from Union Square, there is a great food street market there, than I proceed to Flatiron District, quick stop at Eataly and then take the High Line going to Chelsea Market.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Discover new places, old history, be  part of the past and the future of this amazing city! I love to talk to people, New Yorker in particular, learn about personal experience and share with my tourists.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    From April to December.

    Have you or your company received any awards?

    My favorite award are my reviews...always 5 stars!

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

    Recently I have been contacted by the famous "Brunello Cucinelli" fashion Company,  famous to be the "King of Cachemire", Italian brand and famous around the world. I don't have any "funny" event to tell about, I was very proud to be their tour guide in town for 3 days!

    What upcoming or annual events would you like to promote?

    I'm in love with Christmas so I'm promoting my tour at Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, famous area for their amazing houses decorations, easy to reach by subway from Manhattan, best time to go starting from this week end from 4pm ahead. Price $35 per person. Discount for group of 10pax $25 x person. Family package 2-3 kids/2adults $60. 3 hours tours.

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

    10% off  to join one of my tours!

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    1 year.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    A friend of mine,  a tour guide herself.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Giving wonderful tours for the members, meetings, job offers on GANYC board.

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

    Not content with tourists stereotypes but staying with the locals and living though for a few days an authentic New York experience.


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

  9. Spotlight on Industry Partner: Museum at Eldridge Street

    Introducing GANYC industry partner -- Museum at Eldridge Street

    12 Eldridge Street, NY NY 10002

    Website: https://www.eldridgestreet.org

    Email

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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    What year did your business open?

    2007.

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    History lovers, architecture/preservation buffs, tourists interested in immigrant and Jewish history.

    Has your organization been featured  in print, broadcast or online media?

    Yes, see this 2007 NY Times article about the restoration.

    What drove you to work for organization? What's your story?

    The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed within the Eldridge Street Synagogue - the first grand house of worship built by Eastern European Jews, in 1887. The Beginning in the 1980s, the Museum executed a 20 year, $20 million restoration of the landmark synagogue. Today the Museum is a nonsectarian organization offering tours, family programs, education classes, concerts, and more - aimed at illuminating the story of immigration in New York, American identity, and architectural stewardship. It's a part of NYC history!

    What upcoming events would you like to promote?

    "Let There Be Light - A Whole Lotta Light!" - an exhibition of over 100 menorahs, all displayed in our historic sanctuary and from the collection of one New York family. November 30th is the free opening reception from 6pm to and 8pm. The exhibition will be on view until January 2, 2018

    (Tickets)

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Revealing to our visitors the pure beauty of our historic building, and the remarkable story of the congregant's lives as new Americans.

    What special deals or promotions are you offering to GANYC tour guides and their customers?

    We would be happy to talk about what promotions would work best for the GANYC group!

    Any fun stories or favorite moments you can share about why you love working at your business?

    There is so much to love about Eldridge Street! We're a modern Museum, housed in a historic Jewish building, standing in the middle of what is now Chinatown! These identities all offer us another opportunity to explore the layers of history in New York City.

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