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Kevin Lawrence
GANYC Certified Guide
Kevin Lawrence, Certified GANYC Guide

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After spending over a decade organizing and conducting tours throughout China and Taiwan, I have over the past couple of years shifted my professional touring expertise to my beloved hometown, New York City. I conduct river-to-river tours (i.e. lower Manhattan, West Village/East Village, 42nd Street) as well as specifically designed tours (i.e. educational tours focused on immigration history in Chinatown/Lower East Side).


On my NYC walking tours, I aim to tease out the social and cultural histories that give life to the streets and buildings we walk through -- people gave (and continue to give!) these beautiful but inanimate structures a soul and we have a history (especially a literary and artistic history) that continues to breath life into NYC's streets and buildings. I'm always eager to introduce audiences to beloved (or notorious) NYC figures like Walt Whitman, Jane Jacobs, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Father Francis Duffy, or the victims of the General Slocum disaster -- there are so many incredible places, people, events I thoroughly enjoy discussing with my fellow walking tourists of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds!


I also teach as an adjunct at SUNY Purchase and have taught or spoken over the years at China Institute, NYU, Borough of Manhattan Community College, the Asia Society, the Dalton School, and the University of Chicago. I was educated at the University of Chicago (ABD, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations), various Chinese/Taiwanese universities (i.e. Nanjing University, Tsinghua University, and Taiwan National Normal University), as well as the University of Iowa (BA w/honors and MA, Comparative Literature). And for whatever it is worth, I'm an amateur birder and a very passionate dog lover (feel free to bring your leashed four-legged companion on a tour with me!)


I look forward to exploring the rich and amazing history of New York City with any and all.

Tours & Services Offered

Special Tours: 

River-to-River tours (Lower Manhattan, West Village/East Village, and 42nd Street)

Bones and Stones (American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Educational Tours (Immigrant history in Chinatown/Lower East Side; Colonial and Revolutionary History; New York City's contentious Civil War Experience; WWI and WWII New York City)

Services Offered: 
Airport/Pier Meet & Greet,
Corporate Meeting Staff,
Tour Consultant,
Tour Escort,
Tour Guide
Tours Offered: 
African American History
Architectural Tours
British Colonial History
Central Park
Chinatown/Little Italy
Churches & Houses of Worship
Civil War History
Dutch New Amsterdam
East Village
Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty
Fashion District
Grand Central Terminal
Greenwich Village
Hell's Kitchen
Immigrant Experience
Irish Immigrant History
Italian Immigrant History
LGBTQ Interest
Lower East Side
Manhattanville/West Harlem
Olde New York
Private Bus Tours
Private Tours
Revolutionary War
SoHo & NoLita
South Street Seaport
Step-On Guides
Student Tours
Theater District
Times Square
Upper East Side
Upper West Side
Walking Tours

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