I've been a history buff of the city for as long as I can remember. I was already an explorer of New York as a young teenager, the beginning of a life long affair.
I am a licensed private guide in New York City offering private tours of carious parts of the city. My academic background in the study of architecture and city planning. My professional background has largely been as a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker, as well as an author of books for children. The main thread of my career is as a storyteller, and that is what I actively bring to my guide work in New York, where there are many, many stories to tell. For instance, did you know that fishing - yes, that's right , fishing - can be excellent within city waters?! We are an island and coastal city, but no one thinks of New York City and fishing in the same thought, right? It surprised me enough to make a well -received documentary about that, called Gotham Fish Tales.
I became a guide because I have always loved exploring, learning and talking about the city. While I continue to do much of this as a visual artist, I have become drawn increasingly to the research and telling of Gotham's story. I'm not content to simply recite facts. Absorbing stories of the people, events and forces of history which influenced the city's development come to life on my tours. It is not just about what happened here but why, and how that influences life in today's New York.
As a professional photographer, I am happy to steer you to the best photo opportunities. When we come across those opportunities, you will know about it.
Food is another of my abiding interests and this city has incredibly good food. It is also a place where much great food can be found at very affordable prices. Like anywhere else, you have to know where to go. I will either point out where to find great food or, if you like, I can conduct special tours which bring you to some of these places.
My tours require light to moderate walking, as I believe you see and appreciate much more that way. If required, I can work with vehicles as well.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing my appreciation of my home town.
A Recent Review of this guide
Second time our family have used Rob because he has all the qualities of a great guide! He has vast local knowledge. He talks about the history and development of the buildings and has really interesting stories to make the area come to life. We heard about its history of music, politics, crime, urban development and even food culture. He is happy to accommodate specific requests and is never rushed. Will definitely use him a third time! Highly recommend.
Licensed New York City Tour guide
BA in Urban Studies/Architecture
Documentary director and producer of
Gotham Fish Tales - The Amazing Story of Fishing in New York City
Author and photographer of 12 books for children