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  1. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Megan Marod


    Introducing GANYC guide: Megan Marod!

    Company: Experience the Big Apple

    Phone: 817-592-1647

    Social Media: Instagram

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    5 years.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Thanksgiving.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I’ve always been a history nerd and I’ve always been a performer.  Guiding is the best of both worlds!

    What types of tours do you offer? 

    Walking, bus, chauffeured, boat.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    Shopping, food, Gossip Girl.
     

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    The most gratifying part of my work is knowing that I helped someone have a great time on their vacation.  I know how hard it can be to save up for a trip, and you want every dollar you spend to count.  It is great knowing that my experience can help someone make the most out of the experience, whether it be recommending restaurant, giving great insider shopping tips, pointing them towards their perfect Broadway show, or teaching them something about the history of the city that connects with today’s news and helps them see the whole world in a new way.

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

    I’ve given tours to the 76ers basketball team, Susan Sarandon, and the All Blacks rugby team, and cast member of ‘Matilda’ on Broadway.  I’ve also arranged for Rockettes and Broadway cast members to come out and say hello to my tourists.  Celebrities are always fun, however, everyone is deserving of the same amount of attention and TLC.  I try to treat all my clients as celebrities.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    1 year.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    All the guides know about GANYC! :-)

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Anytime you join a network of people, your business is helped.  Guides can recommend other guides for jobs, guides can share knowledge of the city with each other, and guides can simply help another guide through a sticky business situation.  GANYC is a wonderful support system!

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

    If you are a shopper, visit www.chicmi.com to see what sample sales are happening.  They are the BEST deals you’re gonna find.

    Also - visit Dominique Ansel Bakery.  I’m obsessed.

  2. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Leigh Hallingby


    Introducing GANYC guide: Leigh Hallingby!

    Company: Harlem Walks

    Phone: 551-404-7514

    Social Media: Facebook

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    3.5 years.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    Love of going on walking tours in NYC and beyond.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tours.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    Two public art tours: The Audubon Bird Mural Project in Hamilton Heights, and The Murals and Mosaics of East Harlem.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Seeing people on my tours get excited about the sights I show them.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    April - November.

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

    Yes, The Urban Audubon just did a profile about the Audubon Mural Project, and the tours of it that I give, in the Fall 2018 issue.



    Have you or your company received any awards?

    Yes, I was inducted into Special Libraries Association Hall of Fame in June 2017.

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

    My tours are very reasonably priced at $35 for tours that last 2 - 2.5 hours.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    1 year.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    My friend Maggie Brown.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    So many ways! Great networking with other tour guides who have so much expertise and experience to share. Found website designer who did a terrific job for me. GANYC gives me opportunities to lead FAM tours and thus show other guides what I have to offer. GANYC sponsors professional development workshops such as how to market your tours. FB page is great place to ask quick questions and get answers, plus keep up a conversation among ourselves. Members of GANYC are truly nice people, trying to help one another to succeed.

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

    A Broadway theater is one that has 500 or more seats. An Off-Broadway theater has 100 - 499 seats. An Off-Off-Broadway theater has fewer than 100 seats.


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

  3. 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!

  4. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Alison Martin


    Introducing GANYC guide: Alison Martin!

    Company: Alison's NYC Tours

    Phone: 646-524-5292

    Social Media: InstagramFacebook

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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.)
     

  5. 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.

  6. 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.)

  7. 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

  8. 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.)


     

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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