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Gary D.

New York, NY, United States

I am a native New Yorker, born and raised on the Upper West Side, who's lived and worked my entire life almost exclusively within three blocks of my childhood home.

I am the product of an insanely competitive family of "know it alls. " My parents, younger brothers and I all love New York City history and growing up, our dinnertime discussions were a chance to show off what you knew and get some parental attention for being historically correct and entertaining at the same time. I also old love movies, read up on Hollywood and Broadway history, studied old theaters and their architects, and ultimately threw all that into the dinnertime plea for attention. I'm the only one who ended up a New York City tour guide, so that gives you some idea of the depth of my passion for this place (or my desperate need for attention).

Up until a few years ago, I owned and operated one of the largest independent movie rental stores in NYC, so unique and comprehensive that it was voted "Best in New York" by several publications including New York Magazine. In 2006, I petitioned the City of New York to rename West 103rd Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue) Humphrey Bogart Place to honor the late actor, whose childhood home on the block now bears a plaque with a dedication I wrote. That is me, by the way, with the late Miss Lauren Bacall in the picture to your left. Another New Yorker, she was just shy of 82 and was still breathtaking. Those eyes . . .

I love this city and all it's peculiarities, and I love sharing it with new-comers, returning visitors or native New Yorkers—anyone who wants to know not only why Wall Street is called Wall Street, where is the "square" in Times Square or where are the batteries in Battery Park. I'll tell you these and other fascinating things you never knew about this amazing place I call home because "there are 8 million stories in the naked city" and I will share with you as many as possible.

A Recent Review of this guide

Gary was incredible. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and designed our tour around our interests. I highly recommend Gary as your guide to New York City.
Cynthia Smith

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Credentials

Licensed by The Department of Consumer Affairs of The City of New York. I am a veteran New York City tour guide. Proud member of the Guide Association of New York City.

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Underground New York City Private Guided,...

A Guided Private Tour Will Completely Demystify Our Subway System

185 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Art Deco Manhattan - Private tours

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A style and a city that go hand in hand.

250 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

4 hours

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Art Deco Manhattan AND The Bronx

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Very overlooked, incredibly beautiful

375 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

6 hours

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Private Guided Tour of Central Park

A guided private tour with a licensed New York City Tour Guide.

180 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Private, Guided, Forty Second Street,...

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Let a licensed tour guide show you some of the best of "Skyscraper,...

200 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

3 hours

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Experience the Statue of Liberty With,...

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Let an experienced Licensed Guide, who has an ancestor that worked,...

325 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

5 hours 30 min.

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New York City's Upper Westside - A Private,...

A guided tour through a couple of centuries of entertainment, criminal,...

185 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Private Guided Tour of the Greatest Movie,...

Let a licensed tour guide show you the greatest back lot in the world

200 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

3 hours

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New York City College Neighborhood Tour,...

A Private Guide can show you what kind of place your child will be,...

190 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

3 hours

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Lower Manhattan - New York City Private,...

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The first Capital of The United States

150 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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