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John Semlak

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Language(s) : 
English,
Russian
Availability: 
Saturdays and Sundays

About

My name is John Semlak.  I'm a tour guide, historian, and photographer.  

I give tours in a wide range of areas.  I have experiecne in bus tours all over the city, escorted tours, and tours of popular attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, the High Line, Rockefeller Center as more out of the way attractions like Green-Wood Cemetery, historic Harlem, or Brooklyn Heights.  I specialize in historical walking tours, including tours of sports history, Colonial, Revolutionalry War, and Civil War New York, mafia and crime history.  I lead tours on topics such as the history of the World Trade Center, Abraham Lincoln in New York, or the birth of baseball in New York.  

Before moving to New York, I lived in Russia for over 15 years and speak fluent Russian and offers tours in Russian and English.   I have been a member of the New York CIty Guides Association for four years. In 2018 I passed GANYC's 10-week certificaation course.  I have 7 years experience as l liscnensed New York City guide. 

I maintian a blog where I write regular articles on the city's history and discuss my tours.  

 

 

Tours & Services Offered

Special Tours: 

These are just some of the customized tours I've designed and offer.

New York in a Day: A 7-hour guided private tour using public transport as well as hidden routes and passageways to explore the city's most popular cites.  The tour can be customized to meet the customer options but can include Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Terminal, and more.  

Lincoln in New York Tour--A tour following Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's visits to New York City.  We stop at Lincoln's hotel, the newspaper offices he visited, Mary Todd's shopping haunts, Matthew Brady's photostrudio, the Cooper Union, and Plymouth Church in Brooklyn.  

British Colonial New York--A tour of colonial New York during the British period follwing the Bernard Ratzer map of 1767.  We visit the remaining remnants of British New York and learn about it's legacy in the city today. 

Baseball History in New York--I offer several tours of baseball and sports history in New York, focusing on the sports early history in the city. 

  • From Sandlots to Big Leagues: the birth of baseball in New York
  • Before the Dodgers: Early baseball in Brooklyn
  • Boaters, Batters, and Boxers: a sports tour of Green-Wood Cemetery

 

Services Offered: 
Tour Guide,
Airport/Pier Meet & Greet,
Lecturer,
Tour Escort
Tours Offered: 
Architectural Tours
British Colonial History
Central Park
Chinatown/Little Italy
Churches & Houses of Worship
Civil War History
Dutch New Amsterdam
East Village
Grand Central Terminal
Greenwich Village
Harlem
Immigrant Experience
Lower East Side
Old New York
Private Tours
Queens
Revolutionary War
SoHo
SoHo & NoLita
Sports Related
Upper East Side
Walking Tours
African American History
Brooklyn
DUMBO
Step-on guide
South Street Seaport
Times Square
Private bus tours
Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty
Double-decker bus tours
Mob History
TriBeCa

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