Roger SwensonUnited States
This tour made our trip to New York. Michael's personal sharing of the 9/11 history, events and personal stories of that day was both educational and emotional. From the moment he met us at our hotel and guided us through the subway and streets of New York and his insight at each stop, it was a day our family will always remember. I cannot recommend him enough. He also guided us to an amazing lunch location before he left us too. The best way to see New York and the Memorial.
Roger FreidlineMidland, TX, United States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Michael. After meeting us at our hotel, we rode the subway to start our tour. He offered a great deal of information about the 911 memorial and sites around the area. He also added a great deal to our understanding because he shared much of what he experienced on that day. For many of us, we have a shared memory of that fateful day and we truly appreciated what Michael added to our tour of the museum and memorial. I strongly recommend Michael for his tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Roger, thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed the time we spent together. Please keep mean ind when you return to NYC. Michael D.
We decided to do our tour (2 days) via the subway as we wanted a true New York experience and that is what we got from Brian. We had the best hotdogs and papaya juice from the local hotdog store, waffles from the sidewalk, we visited places that you would not find on a normal tour. The little church at the 9/11 Memorial where the fireman would hang their shoes at the start of their shift some never to be reclaimed. This tour was exactly what we wanted so we could learn the history surrounding New York.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Darren, Thanks so much for your comments. I really enjoyed meeting you, your sister and son. I usually tell people that if they didn't like the tour they should refer to me as George, but since you gave me a Five Star review, I'll let the Brian pass. Thanks again, Michael D.
Elaine HastingsUnited Kingdom
Michael was a super guide. We have never taken a private tour before and it was the perfect way to take the 9/11 tour. We learned and saw so much more than if we had walked on our own. Michael brought each of the memorials to life and we felt honoured to see hidden and almost forgotten statues. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and memories with us.
Andrew ChungUnited States
It is VERY informative... You learn so much about 9/11. It is definitely something to visit (at least once) when you visit New York City.
Andrew ChungUnited States
I have been to New York so many times, but this time my friend and I got to learn so much about the history of this great city thanks to Michael, a New Yorker born and raised. Hope to have Michael guide us through New York again focusing on other tours he offers on this site.
Lance WilliamsUnited States
Michael is a knowledgeable and passionate native NewYorker and guide to NYC. We spent 4 hours with him at the 09/11 Memorial and walked away from the tour more knowledgeable about 09/11, the memorial, museum and NYC in general. I highly recommend Michael for his knowledge, passion and easy going manner.
Jacquie TalbotUnited Kingdom
Brilliant tour by a knowledgeable guide who is clearly enthusiastic about his home city Thank you Michael
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jacquie. Hope you enjoyed the fireworks!
Jeff GraebertUnited States
Michael is great! I would give him 5 stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeff. I had a wonderful time with you and your family. Say hello to Howston for me.
Michael was great!! He organised the tour around what we wanted to see and was very helpful in explaining the transport around New York. Very knowledgeable on many topics would highly recommend him to anyone visiting this amazing city!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Katie.
John HoranUnited States
Michael was perfect for our family, connecting with our mid-20's children, my wife and me. We all agreed that we made the right choice to have a private guide and Michael made the learning experience a true pleasure. We would not hesitate to sign up for any of Michael's NYC tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert. Loved every minute of it. Michael D.
Jean AthasUnited States
Michael had an incredible amount of information and showed us many things that we would have overlooked or would not have understood their significance. They were no longer just parks or buildings but had stories and histories. He left us confident we could navigate this city on our own. His tour will be one of our top high lights to this amazing city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jean. It was such a pleasure to show you around the city and teach you and the girls to navigate the subway. Enjoy "The Lion King."
Rosemary PedrettiUnited States
Guide perfect. Really fun and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend him. Name was Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rosemary. I enjoyed sharing this wonderful monument with you. Please let me know when you are in town next.
Scott RussellUnited States
Our tour guide, Michael, was GREAT. He met us at the hotel and expertly guided us to Battery Park. The entire way he was giving us tips as well as pointing out interesting bits of history. He got us to the Statue of Liberty and gave such a wonderful talk that we found ourselves surrounded by other tourist not in our group. He even would lay down on the ground to get us great pictures. I cannot recommend the company and Michael strongly enough. You will not regret the extra money spent on a guide. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Scott, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was such a pleasure showing the city to your family and friends. I hope you'll let me know when your coming back this way. Michael D
Cathy BialyUnited States
My family and I have used Tours by Locals for previous trips, which is why I reached out to find a NYC guide to take my two 'millenial" sons to see the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Museum. Michael gave them an excellent tour. He was an encyclopedia of NYC history yet was able to convey it in a way which appealed to two guys in their 20's. Hire Michael!!! It will be money well spent. Cathy from Chicago
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cathy, Thank you so much. Your sons were terrific and we had a great time. Keep me in mind whenever you or your family or friends are coming to NY. In addition to the tours published here I also do customized tours. Michael
Donna PaulCulver City, CA, United States
Took me a while to write this review but finally got around to it. Michael is a great tour guide. Prompt, personable and knowledgeable. This has to be one of the most difficult tours to guide and Michael does it with skill and grace. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Donna, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to share this tour with you.
Lenore EskowUnited States
Everything about Michael was perfect!!! There were 28 people on the tour and everyone felt the same
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lenore, This was a wonderful group and I had a great time sharing my love of this incredibly historic site with them. Keep me in mind for future outings. Michael
Raphael R.United States
Michael was great. Timely. knowledgeable and beyond. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Rafi. It was pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife again and share some of NYC with your grand daughter. Hope you'll keep me in mind for your next visit.
Harriet WeberUnited States
We loved our tour with Michael! He was so well-versed on the lower Manhattan area, including the financial district, architecture and early settlement chronology! We not only learned, but he encouraged us to look up and SEE what was around us of beauty and history! The best part was his sharing concerning 9/11 and taking us around the memorial area. We will never forget it - it was a moving experience! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Harriet. I had a wonderful time with your group. Please let me know when you are back in NYC.
Jeannie OdomUnited States
Mike was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgable of the city and gave us tons of information. He was very prompt and met us at our hotel a few minutes early. He was very easy to talk to and I would highly recommend him!
Carole CoatsUnited States
This is the second time we've used Mike while visiting nyc. Our group (4) spent 3 days with him and had a great time visiting Broadway, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and we even walked across the Brooklyn Bridge! He even found a great chocolate shop for us! I would definitely book him again whenever we go to nyc; he is a wealth of knowledge anout the city. Thanks,Mike, for another great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Always wonderful to see you Carole. Thank you for the kind words. I had a wonderful time sharing the city with your family. Hope to see you again soon. Michael
Nathan CampbellUnited States
We were pleased with Michael's flexibility and forethought. He met us in NJ and stayed with us until we got off the ferry in Battery Park. His knowledge was very helpful and both adult and high school students alike commented about how their experience was enhanced by his tour and commentary. We will definitely seek him out again.
Kevin PowersUnited States
Michael is incredibly knowledgeable and is a gifted communicator. His Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tours were full of energy and insights we otherwise would not have enjoyed. While a New Yorker through-and-through (and his family in NY go back generations), he is a very nice man and has a wonderful sense of humor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kevin, Wonderful meeting you. Loved sharing this city with you. Please look me up when you are back this way.
Raphael R.United States
We spent a day and half with Michael in NY. He is very knowledgeable and he knows NY and it's little secrets as well. We had a great time together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of the most enjoyable "jobs" I ever had. Thank you for letting me share NYC with you. Hope to see you again.
Raphael R.United States
Michael is great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The admiration is mutual. I had a wonderful time with you and your family. Hope to see you again here in NYC.
Francene DaleUnited States
I recently used Tours by Locals for a trip to NYC. Our tour guide, Michael D., was totally awesome! He was so personable and educational. He has a wealth of knowledge that made our trip extra nice. I would highly recommend a tour guide -- it saves a ton of time and you walk away knowing more about the history of NYC than you did coming in. Very professional and well worth the money! If I could give a 7 star rating, then I would! F Dale.
Mary GundUnited States
Great day! Lots of terrific stories and history. We would have Michael take us around the city any time. Thanks!
Carole CoatsUnited States
This is my 3rd time using Tours by Locals guides and they just keep getting better and better! This time we were in New York City and Mike showed us around from the Bronx (Botanical Gardens and Poe's cottage) to the Statue of Liberty and the 911 Memorial Site. We loved Mike, not just because he was so knowledgeable about all things New York, but because he was charming, kind and introduced us to a great restaurant-SaraBeth's on Amsterdam Ave.! Thanks for everything, Mike!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carole and Tom,Thanks so much for your kind words. I had a terrific time showing you around the city. Please keep me in mind the next time you visit. Michael
Kim BirdUnited States
Michael was a great guide!! He is very knowledgeable and had connections that made our tour so much better!! The kids LOVED the water taxi and the crew!! We will definately use Michael again when we return to NYC!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kim, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. Look forward to sharing more of NYC with you on your return. Michael D.
Anthony NemecekUnited Kingdom
Friendly, knowledgable and professional. Had a great, personalised tour and with limited time, was much appreciated. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Anthony. It was a pleasure to share my home town with you and Lucy. Please keep in my mind on return visits.
Sabine VermassenBever, Belgium
Michael was perfect on time, very friendly and knew a lot of New York. In 4 hours we have seen the most important monuments of NY and my two sons of 17 and 16 were very pleased with his histories of NY. It was the perfect introduction to this wonderful city. Thanks
Mike was a great tour guide, knew everything there is to know about New York and lot's of stories. He is a real gentleman, took into consideration that one of our party could not walk too well, and thought of ways to get to places without too much walking. He gave us lots of tips for things for us to do on our own and to get discount tickets, etc. He was great, would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eve. It wa spleasure meting you and sharing the city with your party. I hope you'll keep me in mind when you visit NYC again.
Michael knows New York. He set up an incredible tour for us after I had given him a list of places we wanted to see. More importantly he is a really nice and friendly person. Thanks Michael !!!