Tim Ries, Managing Director of Operations, founded Tourist New York in 2018 and has worked in the hospitality & tourism industry in New York City for the past 16 years. Tourist New York offers engaging, informative, and fun in-person tour experiences led by professional guides 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 about the High Line 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 NYC history/facts/stories, green spaces, buildings, and tourism! When he's not working, he explores the city with his wife and son. He lives in southeast Brooklyn.