Tim Ries, Owner and Director of Operations, started Tourist New York in 2018. Tim has worked in hospitality and guest relations in New York City for the past 16 years.
Tourist New York offers engaging, informative, and fun in-person and virtual tour experiences led by professional guides of NYC attractions, landmarks, points of interest, historic sites and neighborhoods.
Previously, at the High Line—New York’s extraordinary public space—he led the park services team and helped millions of visitors experience this popular tourist attraction. Tim also co-authored an entry about the High Line in the food encyclopedia, "Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City."
Tim is passionate about the built environment, NYC history, public spaces, tourist attractions, and points of interest. He has presented at The New York Times Travel Show and Canada's Garden Tourism Conference. As a licensed NYC sightseeing guide, he has led thousands of tours.
Tim holds a B.A. in Anthropology from The City College of New York, magna cum laude. Other honors include Phi Beta Kappa and The Ward Medal.
When he's not working, Tim keeps busy by exploring NYC with his spouse and son and collecting vintage postcards. He lives in southeast Brooklyn.