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Spotlight on GANYC Member: Minna Scharff

Spotlight on GANYC guide:
We would like to introduce one of our GANYC tour guides, Minna Scharff.
Born in Brooklyn, a soccer mom in Greenwich Village (no minivan, just the "3" and "F" trains) and now a tour guide that explores everything old and new in her native city.  A social worker by profession and licensed New York City tour guide of 12 years. Has experience doing everything from small private tours to large student groups for Smithsonian student travel.  A NYC culture vulture, passionate theater-goer, restaurant troller and avid disscount shopper.  
How long have you been a tour guide?
13 years
What drove you to become a tour guide or tour operator or create this company/organization? What's your story?
I was a caseworker for 10 years for the bureau of child welfare and had to investigate allegations of child abuse in all the Boros of  New York city. As a relief from the job I would familiarize myself  with the neighborhoods my clients lived. I hated the job but loved the character of the neighborhoods. This was in the 70's and I have observed how these neighborhoods changed over the years.
What is the most gratifying part of your work? 
The job begins and ends, unlike social works which never ends.
How long have you been a member of GANYC?
10 years
How did you hear or learn about GANYC?
A fellow tour guide.
What types of tours do you offer? (Walking, Biking, Bus, etc...) Could you describe them for us?
  • 5 Boros in 5 days for both student and seniors.
How has GANYC helped you and your business?
Through the FAM tours and GANYC website.
For more information or to book a tour with Minna Scharff visit her GANYC profile by clicking here.

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GANYC is an association of independent tour guides. Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC provides a listing of all member guides to the public. GANYC is not liable, or responsible, for contractual obligations made between clients and tour guides. GANYC stands for Guides Association Of New York City.
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