Tim Ries, Director of Tour Operations, founded Tourist New York in 2019 and has worked in the hospitality & tourism industry in New York City for the past 18 years. Tourist New York offers engaging, informative, and fun in-person professional tour experiences of NYC attractions, landmarks, points of interest, historic sites, and neighborhoods.
Prior to starting Tourist New York, Tim was the Director of Park Services at the High Line. He also co-authored an entry in the food encyclopedia, "Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City." Previously, Tim was the Tour Guide Manager for CitySights NY, a New York City "hop-on, hop-off" sightseeing bus operator.
He has presented at The New York Times Travel Show and Canada's Garden Tourism Conference. As a NYC-licensed sightseeing guide, he has led thousands of tours and is also a member of the the Guides Association of New York City. Tim holds a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and The Ward Medal, in Anthropology from The City College of New York.
Tim is passionate about tour guiding and sharing everything from landmarks & historic districts to skyscrapers & cutting-edge architecture; from new, notable, & top-ranked restaurants to world-class museums, and amazing green spaces. When he's not working, he explores the city with his wife and son. He lives in southeast Brooklyn.