about

I don't refer to New York as my favorite city, because that implies that there are other cities. I'm the kind of guy who starts to miss New York after ten minutes in Central Park.

For seven years, I worked as a New York City tour guide, on double-decker buses, on boats, and on foot. The buses were my favorite of these venues, and I'm glad I had a chance to be part of the New York double-decker scene back in its glory days, when it was dirty and dangerous. My first job as a tour guide was for the now-defunct, much-reviled New York Apple Tours. Everything you've heard is true, but I relish the memories.

Later, I worked for Gray Line, New York Waterway, and various other sightseeing operations in the city; I've narrated many private chartered tours, on all kinds of conveyances. I keep my license current, and I still occasionally do a freelance tour, when an interesting offer comes along, or when I get the itch. It's hard to resist the opportunity to make a few dollars talking about one of my favorite subjects.

There are many kinds of tour guides in the city, and as many approaches to the task. I was never a concierge tour guide, who dishes out shopping and dining tips. I'm interested in the city's history, and in pointing out the hidden whispers of Manhattan's past which are still visible through the cracks in its shiny new armor.

I distilled my experiences as a tour guide, combined with a potted history of the city, into 400 Years in Manhattan, my valentine to the big town, which began as a stage show and later became my first book. A lot of my other work is about New York, too, directly or indirectly. Love Marches On, for example, takes place in the city during two of its golden ages, the 1920s and the 1970s. It's a story about people, not a story about the city, yet it plainly could not be set anywhere else.

 

Noah on tour

skyline

45th Street

Central Park

 

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