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 still return to it occasionally, sometimes independently, and sometimes for one of the big sightseeing companies.
There are many kinds of tour guides in the city, and just as many approaches to the work. I'm most 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 early experiences as a tour guide, combined with a potted history of the city, into 400 Years in Manhattan, my valentine to the big town. A lot of my other work is about New York, too, directly or indirectly: see Love Marches On, I'll Say She Is, Gimme a Thrill, and almost everything else.