Michael Pellagatti (also known as "Pella") has been a sightseeing guide since 2013. He has been twice featured in the New York Times and Gothamist, along with being featured in countless online news publications. Pella is extremely knowledgeable with New York's institutional and counter countercultural history having read over 60 books since he became a sightseeing guide including Edwin Burroughs and Mike Wallace's "GOTHAM: A History of New York to 1898"; Bruce Kayton's "Radical Walking Tours of NYC"; and Ken Jennings's "Encyclopedia of NYC"
As a sightseeing guide his experience includes nearly three years with Citysightseeing-NY as a bus tour guide. He also hosts the "Counter Cultural Tour of NYC" via Vayable.com, and his signature presentation "Occupy: The Tour" is a walking tour around the sites specific to the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011; based on his own personal experience having lived at Zuccotti Park, having been among the original group of protesters that launched Occupy Wall Street.
In addition to being a professional sightseeing guide, Pella also hosts a live video web blog titled "ThePellaReport" and does freelance photography in affiliation with Huffington Post on occasion.
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"OCCUPY: The Tour" which is a combination of in-depth research that I performed regarding New York's past radical and countercultural history— and contemporary history that I personally lived in regards to my own experience at Occupy Wall Street; and I relate both as it relates to current events and developments at the present time.
The tour itself is a walking tour centered in Lower Manhattan, and revisits all the sites relative to Occupy Wall Street and other various historical moments (EG: the 1712 servile rebellion on Maiden Lane)
For this specific tour, I have an 18 and Older policy, as I cover very heavy philosophical and political subjects; not to mention, there is a lot of walking involved.
- General Admission: (through Sidetour) is $30 per person.
- Student Discount: (through Vayable) for groups of 7-30 persons is $15 per person.
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