I attribute my complete and utter disinterest in sports to my misfortune at growing up in a place where the Mets were the hometown team. Upon receiving my driver's license I immediately took a Datsun cross-country, and realized very quickly that growing up in New York City, left me with very little understanding about the country that I call home. As a corrective measure I traveled the nation 5 more times, and have lived in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Whatever state you're from, I've probably spent some time there. Finding at last that my limit on living outside of New York is 18 months, I am now a permanent resident of Harlem. At least until they learn how to make bagels someplace else. And we won't even talk about the pizza.
I've worked in New York's independent theater scene for over 20 years, as a writer, director, producer, and theater owner. I also drove a Hansom Cab in Central Park for 15 years, before formally becoming a tour guide. Combining my varied experiences both in and out of New York City, with a deep love of history, I provide a tour that is both funny and informative, combining personal anecdotes about my native city, with a thorough exploration of its past, present and future.
A Recent Review of this guide
Really excellent tour of Harlem. Russell has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years and is very knowledgeable about local history and current developments. Great!
Licensed New York City Tour Guide: Scored 143 of 150, one of the highest in the history of the test.
Member of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC).
Licensed New York City Hansom Cab Driver.
Living in Manhattan, I do not own a car, but I can arrange transportation with a private car company upon request.