More NYC

We are thoroughly involved in New York life, and we show our love for the city in ways beyond our own scheduled and custom tours: in writings about the city, as docent for a museum about New York, in volunteer tours for city institutions. Read on!

A writer before she became a tour guide, Laurie Lewis began the monthly email newsletter for Take a Walk New York. She compiled some of her favorite stories from the newsletter and wrote others that had not yet been published for an ebook My New York Stories. Following each story in the ebook is a section called Reflections. Sometimes it’s a personal anecdote, sometimes philosophical ramblings. Sample it on Amazon.

One thing making New York City great is its wealth of cultural institutions, and the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) is one of the gems. Featuring both ongoing and temporary exhibits, MCNY presents and interprets the New York of yesterday and today and offers visions for the future of this dynamic city. As a docent at MCNY, Alan Cohen learns stories behind the events and people and shares them with visitors from all over the world.

Jane’s Walk is a global event held annually the first weekend in May. It honors Jane Jacobs, an urban activist who lived for many years in New York and is remembered for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A Jane’s Walk is a free stroll through a city neighborhood. Each of us hosted a Jane’s Walk in 2016, and we plan to do it again. Read a description of our 2017 walks.

The three of us met as volunteer tour guides for the Central Park Conservancy. Central Park has long been tops on our lists of favorite New York places, and volunteering for the Conservancy was a way to give back and share our enthusiasm for this great park. As we honed our tour guide skills, we realized we wanted to get licenses so we could show visitors around more places in this great city.