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  1. Meet the WFTGA 2019 Bid Committee!

    GANYC is bidding for New York to host the 2019 WFTGA (World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations) convention. Key members will be attending the 2017 convention this month in Tehran to represent NYC and make our pitch for the conference to come home to New York. We wish them the best of luck, and a wonderful time in Iran with our global community of guides.

    Meet the bid committee!

  2. SPOTLIGHT ON GANYC GUIDE: PETER LASKOWICH

    Introducing GANYC guide Peter Laskowich of his own company: New York Dynamic

    http://newyorkdynamic.com

    (862) 226-1244

    Social Media: Facebook / YouTube


    How long have you been a tour guide?

    29 years.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking, by subway, and step-ons.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    My tours focus on New York history and culture: most of all, we "read" the city through, for example, the bend in a road, shape of a building or site of a church. Occasionally we read that history and culture through baseball. The game enhances one's understanding of New York, and New York helps us to better understand baseball.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    April through October.

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

    Over the years I have appeared now and then on radio and television:
    *guest of then-State Senator David Patterson on his weekly program about politics, concerning racism and sport;
    *guest on WMCA's regular program featuring local culture, concerning the construction and features of Park Avenue;

    *guest on a BBC news program concerning the New York marathon;

    *various others.
     

    What drove you to become a tour guide or tour operator or create this company/organization? What's your story?

    Who isn't stirred - roused - exhilarated whenever flying into New York - this city is electric!

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Working with a random group of strangers and getting a few inches of air between their feet and the ground. Maybe that happens once in a while.

    How long have you been a GANYC member?

    Four years.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    From other members.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    It has helped primarily in maintaining contact with other guides.

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

    No great poetry without great readers, and no great tours without great tourists: a capable guide takes the bright-enthusiastic-responsive audience a long way.
     

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

  3. GANYC Members Get The Media Spotlight

    We at GANYC love to see when any of our member guides get a media spotlight, thus bringing a bigger eye to the great work our community does for New York. Here is a round-up of some recent media features:

    We are looking forward to seeing our community of guides continue to do great things in 2017!

  4. SPOTLIGHT ON INDUSTRY PARTNER: SARAH HIANCE OF THE NY BOTANICAL GARDEN

    Introducing GANYC Industry Partner – Sarah Hiance

    What is your Business Name?
     

    The New York Botanical Garden

    2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

    718.817.8738

    http://www.nybg.org/home/

    Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


    What year did your business open?

    1891.

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization available to all generations who would like to immerse themselves in the 250 acres of splendor the Garden has to offer.

    What led to the creation of this organization?

    The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science.

    What contact information would you like to include?

    Keep up with upcoming events:

    www.nybg.org/visit/


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

    The holiday train show has begun, and runs through January 16th!


    http://www.nybg.org/hts16/
     

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Watching children explore the wonders of science and nature.

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

    Each season brings new opportunities to explore and to make lifelong connections with nature.

  5. SPOTLIGHT ON GANYC GUIDE: BOB GELBER

    Introducing GANYC guide Bob Gelber of his own company: Walkin’ NY

    http://www.walkinny.com/

    917-439-0691
     

    What's the best way to reach you should our readers want to contact you?

    Email: bobgelber@yahoo.com


    How long have you been a tour guide?

    10 years.


    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Spring through Fall.
     

    What drove you to become a tour guide or tour operator or create this company/organization? What's your story?

    I love NYC, my lifetime home. My favorite time spent alone, was always to wander around the City, visit Museums, Galleries, interesting historic sites. After I retired, I got my feet wet, by becoming a Big Apple Greeter, volunteering for the City, and sharing my City with visitors from all over the World. It was that wonderful experience that made me realize, this could be a business.
     

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    Meeting great people who share my love of what NYC has to offer.


    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    9 years.


    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Through another guide on one of my tours, who invited me to a GANYC meeting.


    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking tours.
     

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    Yes, Chocolate tasting walks, food tours. Specific historic tours, based on my clients interests, tours at 7WTC for groups.
     

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    I have met wonderful people, attended dozens of FAM tours, networked, and been offered many jobs, through other members.
     

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

    Wander around. Look at a map and pick a neighborhood, explore it, eat in it.

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

  6. SPOTLIGHT ON INDUSTRY PARTNER: PAGET JONES FROM UNITED PALACE HOUSE OF INSPIRATION

    Introducing GANYC Industry Partner – Paget Jones

    What is your Business Name?

    United Palace House of Inspiration

    212-568-6700

    http://unitedpalace.org/uphi

    Social Media: Facebook / Twitter
     

    What’s your business address?

    4140 Broadway & 175th Street in Manhattan

    What's the best way to reach you should our readers or tour guides want to contact you?

    Via Email


    What year did your business open?

    It opened in 1930 as a Vaudeville House and deluxe movie theatre. In 1969, it was purchased by the first black televangelist and prosperity preacher, Rev. Ike.

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    All customers are our ideal customers who love music, history, art, song, sermon, architecture, spirituality, and humanity!

    What drove you to work or create this company/organization? What's your story?

    United Palace is a historical organization that has been in existence for over 80 years.
     

    Has your company or organization or any members of the organization received any awards (recently or in the past)? If so, what was the award for, who awarded it, and when did you receive the award?

    Both our company and organization have received many awards over the years.

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

    United Palace is featured in many magazines, New York Time articles, community and local newspapers.  

     What time of year would you consider your busy season?
 



    All Sundays year around are our busy seasons! 
     

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 



    Our friendly and welcoming congregation in an evolving and multicultural community.

    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization? Any fun stories about when they visit your business?

    Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Adele, Lorde, Fleet Foxes, Earth, Wind & Fire, Elvis Costello, Benny Hinn, Alabama, and many, many more.

    Any fun stories or favorite moments you can share about why you love working at your business? Tell us WHY we should visit your business.

    United Palace is the 4th largest theatre in NYC. Almost every night there is a fun story and moment.  

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

    United Palace of Cultural Art (UPCA) provides on a regular basis cultural events from local, national, and international artists. We also shoe movies on a 50 foot screen.

    For more information see UPCA website: https://unitedpalace.org/upca 


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

    We offer suggested group rates that are negotiable.  

  7. SPOTLIGHT ON GANYC GUIDE: PHIL DESIERE

    Introducing GANYC guide Phil Desiere of his own company: Walk About New York

    https://walkaboutny.com

    917-734-1223

    Social Media: Facebook 


    What's the best way to reach you should our readers want to contact you?

    walkaboutnewyork@gmail.com

    How long have you been a tour guide?

    Two & a half years.

    What types of tours do you offer? (Walking, Biking, Bus, etc...) Could you describe them for us?

    I offer walking tours mostly. All my tours focus on the art, architecture, and history of the areas they cover. My tour line-up includes Greenwich Village, both a general and a gay-themed walk of the Village; Central Park, covering the territory from the Plaza to Cleopatra’s Needle along both the east and west sides, ending at Columbus Circle; Downtown Manhattan, taking in the sights from The Battery to City Hall; the city’s five major squares (Washington, Union, Madison, Herald, Times) and Columbus Circle are covered in the Five Squares and a Circle Tour; the Gay Graves Tour, at Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, features the LGBTQ permanent residents at Green-Wood; and three Subway Art Tours, each following a different route through the city’s vast underground art museum.

    Do you offer Niche Tours? 

    Yes : the Gay Village Walking Tour; the Gay Graves Tour, at Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn; and three Subway Art Tours, each following a different route through the city’s vast underground art museum.

     


    What time of year would you consider your busy season? 

    Spring and autumn are the busiest times of year for me.

    Have you or your company received any awards (recently or in the past)? 

    Walk About New York has been selected for the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews my tours earned.


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

    The Gay Graves Tour has been featured in OUT Magazine (link) and in Man About World (link).

    Both the Gay Graves Tour and the Subway Art Tours have been listed in the New York Times Weekend Spare Times (link) & Around Town Sections (link).


    What drove you to become a tour guide or tour operator or create this company/organization? What's your story?

    My 33+ year career as a graphic designer/art director for magazines, newspapers and ad agencies had become tired. I evaluated my interests: a keen attraction to art and history, a strong love for New York City, and an affinity for walking. Combining all those I reinvented myself as a tourist guide. It is best job I have ever had!

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 

    Helping tour guests to see the world around them. People who have taken my Subway Art Tours tell me that they now are more aware of the public art in the subway system after having taken my tours. That is a very gratifying. I feel as if I have accomplished my goal!

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

    Our Subway Art Tours return to the schedule in January, with Tour Three being rolled out for the first time. Designed to keep my tourist guiding skills sharp during the colder months, these tours will be available from January to May. I love showing off the art museum at the core of the Big Apple.

    The Gay Graves Tour will be scheduled for its annual spring offering in late April. That is when Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, is alive with flowering Kwanzan cherry trees. 
     

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    One & half years.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Google search.


    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    GANYC members have been friendly and supportive; its meetings & FAM Tours are informative and interesting. I have offered my tours through the GANYC FAM Tours program. This has helped me get to know the membership, and the membership get to know me. That is a good thing!

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

    Look around you: look up, down and all around at the people, places and things that make up this great city. You are in a different place, unlike any other. Take advantage of it.



     

  8. SPOTLIGHT ON INDUSTRY PARTNER: PETER KIM FROM THE MUSEUM OF FOOD AND DRINK LAB

    Introducing GANYC Industry Partner – Peter Kim


    What is your Business Name?

    Museum of Food and Drink Lab

    http://www.mofad.org

    Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

    (718) 387-2845


    What’s your business address?

    62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, NY
     

    What's the best way to reach you should our readers or tour guides want to contact you?

    Email: info@mofad.org
     

    What year did your business open?

    2015
     

    Can you tell us a little about your ideal customer?

    Food lovers of all ages love visiting MOFAD to learn about the culture, history, and science behind what we eat.
     

    What drove you to work or create this company/organization? What's your story?

    I believe passionately in food education! Everyone eats, and everyone can make positive decisions that are better for their taste buds, health, environment, and communities. Food is one of the most important aspects of human culture, and it deserves a museum.
     

    Has your company or organization or any members of the organization received any awards (recently or in the past)? If so, what was the award for, who awarded it, and when did you receive the award?

    Check out the NYT's review at nytimes.mofad.org
     

     What time of year would you consider your busy season?
 



    May-September
     

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 



    The most gratifying part of my work is seeing people of all ages have fun learning about food. Kids go nuts for our smell machines.
     

    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization? Any fun stories about when they visit your business?

    We've had a lot of big food people come through, including Ted Allen, Alice Waters, Wylie Dufresne, among others.


    Any fun stories or favorite moments you can share about why you love working at your business? Tell us WHY we should visit your business.

    You should visit MOFAD Lab because we have exhibits you can taste and smell. There is no other museum like it, anywhere.

  9. SPOTLIGHT ON GANYC GUIDE: DARRYL REILLY

    Introducing GANYC guide Darryl Reilly of his own company: NYC Subway Art Tour


    nycsubwaytour.com
     

    Social Media: Facebook / Instagram
     

    How long have you been a tour guide?

    20 years.
     

    What's the best way to reach you should our readers want to contact you?

    Email: info@nycsubwaytour.com
     

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    The fall.
     

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

    Was recently featured on NY1. (My interview about the tour appears 6:50 into the show)

    http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/in-transit/2016/10/28/in-transit-10-28-16.html
     

    What drove you to become a tour guide or tour operator or create this company/organization? What's your story?

    I was fascinated by this subject and there were no other tours offered about it.

     

    What is the most gratifying part of your work? 


    Educating, entertaining, and exposing people to these artworks.


    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization? Any fun stories about when they visit your business?

    The British actor Mark Strong and his family went on the tour.


    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    15 years.


    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    From other guides.


    What types of tours do you offer?

    A walking tour of the NYC subway system to experience municipally commissioned artworks.


    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Exposure and making contacts.


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

    Walk to as many places as possible and not to be intimidated by the subway.
     

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

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