And that's why you found me. I love this city and you will too.
I have been a resident and an artist/photographer of Lower Manhattan for the past five decades. I have been a licensed New York City Tour guide for the past four.
I am eager to share my knowledge and experience of this world-class city which I call home. I'm also willing to share my own photographic skills to guide you in capturing better images of our city.
When I moved here as a young man in the early 70's, New York was a very different place. The city was losing population and had a reputation for being dangerous and dirty. My generation of 'downtown' New Yorkers embraced the city and created our own opportunities. These downtown 'pioneered' efforts became important social, political, cultural movements which in return revitalized the urbanscape and made city life more desirable.
I began contributing to the city's rebirth by first publishing my photo works in local arts publication, the Soho Weekly News in the mid 70's. By the 80's I was projecting dazzling slide/light shows in the vibrant emerging, downtown nightclubs and art spaces. My own ephemera from that time has been recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art and I am included in the current Club 57 exhibition that has been curated by the Museum' s Film Dept.
I also published the first international street art publication, IGTimes. This project contributed to a glowing archive, which was recently acquired by Cornell University Library's Hip Hop Collection.
Placing artistic contributions aside for a moment, I also homesteaded an abandoned building on the Lower East Side in the 1980's and have been resident (and a community gardener) ever since.
My own history in New York has given me a unique perceptive. The more I walk these streets the more I yearn to know the city before my time. Out of sheer personal interest, I took the guide test four years ago and have been doing tours ever since. I learned of the city's history from the native Lenape people, through the colonial Dutch and English and onto the rapid population growth in the 19th century and the making of a 'skyscraper' metropolis in the 20th. I know the city's streets, its neighborhoods, and its ever-changing tempos. I keep informed of the current cultural trends and the latest in art shows, restaurants and entertainment.
I will customize a tour according to you and your group's interest and wishes. I am always here to accommodate your visit and plan an itinerary for a couple of hours, half a day, full day and longer.
My goal is to excite and inspire you on your visit - to reveal New York's images, its stories and its soul. And I always guarantee everyone that we will have fun.
A Recent Review of this guide
David was very knowledgeable about the Highline and NY history. He spent time framing photographic shots and interacting with the group. Overall the group have a wonderful time and experience.
New York City tour guide license.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.