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Judy Richheimer

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Throughout the week, day or evening. Prefer a week's notice.


I am a lifelong New Yorker, and for over 40 years, a resident of the art-gallery-and-High-Line district of Chelsea. (I have often joked: “I was Chelsea before Chelsea was cool.”) Licensed as a guide for over 20 years, I specialize in tours that focus on art, food, architecture, fashion, theater, New York City history, and urban planning. My in-depth walking tours include those of the Lower East Side; Greenwich Village; the Brooklyn Bridge; Grand Central Terminal; Chelsea; lower-Manhattan; Harlem; Times Square; Bushwick, Brooklyn -- and more!

Prior to having become a guide – and continuing through today – I published articles on culture and civic affairs for publications like New York, Details, Vogue, Publishers Weekly, and Hollywood Reporter.

Alongside my professional and cultural interests, is a decades-long involvement in New York City politics. As an activist in Chelsea, I was a prominent early supporter of the High Line.

My tours are meticulously researched, but the facts are presented in a fun and lively fashion. They can be fashioned to meet your specific needs, in terms of length, theme/s, locale/s, and subject matter.

My two greatest thrills as a guide occur when I:

a.           take visitors on the subway for the first time, and they tell me it isn’t scary at all, and

b.          point something out to New Yorkers taking my tours, who admit that they pass particular sites almost every day – but never noticed them before!

Engage my services and I can almost guarantee that you will experience something entirely new or will see familiar New York City locales from entirely new perspectives.

Tours & Services Offered

Special Tours: 

1. Art tours of all kinds, including gallery crawls, visits to artists' studios, and explanatory tours of outdoor sculpture and wall art. Chelsea,  Bushwick, and the Lower East Side are my main foci.

2.  The Civic Center, focusing on City Hall and the courthouse district. This tour can easily be blended with Chinatown.

3. The High Line and its environs.

4.Women's history

Services Offered: 
Airport/Pier Meet & Greet,
Convention Staff,
Corporate Meeting Staff,
Hospitality Desk & Staff,
Tour Consultant,
Tour Guide,
Tour Manager
Tours Offered: 
African American History
Central Park
Chinatown/Little Italy
Churches & Houses of Worship
Culinary Tours
Dutch New Amsterdam
East Village
Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty
LGBTQ Interest
Grand Central Terminal
Greenwich Village
Hell's Kitchen
Immigrant Experience
Irish Immigrant History
Jewish History
Lower East Side
Manhattanville/West Harlem
Olde New York
Private Bus Tours
Private Tours
Secret Gardens of NYC
South Street Seaport
Step-On Guides
Student Tours
Taxi Tours
Theater District
Times Square
Walking Tours

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