Ray Segal is a fourth generation New Yorker. Educated at the New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village, Segal has nurtured a deep interest in the history and cultures of the World’s Greatest City for 36 years.
In the late 1990’s he was a producer on a mammoth PBS series, “New York: A Documentary'. Since then he has contributed as a producer or archival researcher to exhibitions and websites for institutions like the New York Historical Society, Columbia University and WNET – New York.
Segal believes strongly that, to paraphrase historian Ken Jackson, “New York is an experiment to see if all of the peoples of the world can live in one place.” He has been a licensed tour guide for Rolling Orange Bike Tours for two seasons.
“Bicycling in a small group is an ideal way to see New York”, says Segal.
It’s a way to interact in a deeply personal way with the the built environment, people and landscape of the city…nothing beats a bike for the ability to travel through the city at a thoughtful pace… Bicycling makes it possible to see and interact with large sections of the city in a short period of time. It’s a great way to understand contemporary and historical geography and context without getting stuck in traffic."
Segal’s current tours include Central Park, Manhattan (Harlem to The Village) and the Brooklyn Waterfront (Red Hook to North Williamsburg), the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan.
“I’m happy to tailor tours to the locations and site people want to see or to particular themes. On any tour my main joy orienting curious travelers so that they can get around the city, when they are read, and make their own discoveries.... I'm interested in the history of the infrastructure and technology that made (and makes) the city possible; New York and WWII; New York as a center of the Civil Rights Movement; the city's role in the development of modern mass media and popular culture, and finally; the development of New York as a long term sustainable city.