Raewyn LubranskyNew Zealand
My guide was really great and full of information to bring NY alive for me and give me ideas of what else to visit when he left me to explore Central Park. 2 comments: I would have liked an update on what he thought we would cover as I was hoping to walk over Brooklyn bridge but we didn't have time and the other is about price. With the exchange rate this tour cost me NZ$500 and yet I still had to pay for my subway pass and for my lunch. I felt that these should have been covered. Thanks
Richard SaundersUnited States
Jared was fabulous. Incredible enthusiasm, knowledge and attentiveness to shaping the day to any and all desires to us! Thank you, Jared for a perfect tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: : D Richard, it was such a pleasure! I will never forget your intelligence, inquisitiveness, curiosity, and passion for history and ideas. And your kindness. What a pleasure to share the original neighborhoods of New York City, and experience how glorious they became! Thank you for taking the time to share with the Tours by Locals community. Please visit again!
Andrea HauschildUnited States
Jared was a pleasure to be with... very informative and very accommodating. Though my friend and I had been to the Met several times, yesterday felt like we were really there for the first time. Learning the history behind these magnificent artifacts makes all the difference in the world. I would recommend Jarad for anyone looking for a fun, enlightening experience... Andy H
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art with me. Touring with kind, sensitive, and smart people is a real pleasure! I hope we tour again. Best regards, Jared G
Michael BergerUnited States
My family and I had an awesome tour of Harlem with Jared. We had a great time and learned so much about the rich and varied history of the neighborhood. Jared was fun, interesting and informative and his tour was a great way to start our holiday in NYC.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your family is wonderful. I am so glad you are passionate about books and art, culture, and social history. Thank you for touring with me. I hope to see you all again. It was fun!
Simon GartsideUnited Kingdom
Really interesting tour with Jared, a great guide with clear passion for this wonderful City. Showed us some fantastic sites we'd previously just walked past, Jared clearly knows his stuff! He took time to ensure our whole Party got out of the tour what they wanted, very accommodating , highly recommend Jared to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. I enjoyed our subway rides, Grand Central, The New York Public Library, that 1971 Boxer's and Sports Writers' bar (for a ginger ale), Rockefeller Center, the secret passage, Times Square, Madison Square, and lunch at that 1929 Jewish-style deli. What a wonderful group. So many laughs, and so much passion for how old, great places endure because of love, care, and dedication.
Brian H.Austin, TX, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for touring with me! I hope we do so again. Experiencing Greenwich Village, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side was meaningful for me.
John MurrayUnited States
Great tour of Historic Harlem
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It means so much to me to tour with you again 14 months later! Thank you for your repeat business. I really enjoy working with pleasant, intelligent, inquisitive people like you. Let's tour again!
Isabel Duarte silvaPortugal
We decided to have a tour with a local guide in areas where there is not so much iconic NY symbols but more to see New Yorkers and stores of people living in NYC. Greenwich village and Soho were selected. Jared was great, showed us a lot of places and details that we couldn't have seen or discover alone. He loves the city and when that happens all words sound better and his enthusiam is contsagious! With 3 adolescents, his task was even more difficult but in the end they all "Jared is cool!"
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to share some neighborhoods and places that New Yorkers love. Thank you for that opportunity and for sharing with the TbL community.
Colin WrightUnited States
Jared was awesome. Great excitement. Super knowledgeable. Effecient tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was wonderful to share stories of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's works and how they got there. Thank you for touring with me and for sharing your review with this community.
Michela de Wit-RuggeroniNetherlands
We had a great two-days tour with Jared All the time we had a lot of fun and enjoyed every minute of the tour (inclusieve the good coffee shops) On the second day we also went to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx (the real little Italy ) and had a delicius lunch at the Retail Market. He opened doors and entered buildings we had never discoverd alone, just like a tunnel (without tourists) from Times Square to Rockfeller Plaza, the National Museum of the American Indian and a bank office (with a decorated ceiling)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michela, It was such a pleasure to tour with your family, and to share some of our Netherlandish and Italian heritage in Lower Manhattan and all the way up to the Bronx' Little Italy, Arthur Avenue and Belmont. I am so happy that you appreciated my short cuts and hidden places! Truly, this was a highlight of 2019.
Michela de Wit-RuggeroniNetherlands
We had a great two-days tour with Jared. On our first day he familiarized us with the workings of the subway (even the express and local lines), this was very handy for the rest of our stay in New York. We learned a lot about the history of New York City and the influence of the Dutch people. He took us to so many places and knew so much about everything. Even a passenger of the subway thanked him for his knowledge about the subway history! We will recommend this tour with Jared to all our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michela: It was such a pleasure to tour with your family! I am so glad that my introduction to the NYC and its subways was helpful to you on your way to becoming Honorary New Yorkers. That is my goal. It means a lot when New Yorkers listen in to our tours and add something. Thank you for your recommendations and for touring with me.
Vita R.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for having me show you around NYC for three days. I enjoyed tying stories together from across town. We had a meaningful experience at the World Trade Center & its 9/11 Memorial; Wall Street; our Colonial & Early American heritage; the Charging Bull of the Financial District; (thank you for) Sylvia's famous Soul Food lunch; a shop in Harlem; marveling at the famed Apollo Theater; cooling off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (with my secret short line); and took NYC subways & bus.
Vita R.United States
We had the most remarkable tour with Jared. Jared did his very best to make this tour memorable. In every instance, we felt that Jared truly cared about us. He was very flexible and patient with us. He gave us suggestions and options so that we could decide what was best for us. He loves his city. He is highly knowledgeable about it's history and culture, and he answered all of our questions. I can honestly say that the service Jared provided exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a wonderful time in Central Park, down fabulous Fifth Avenue, through some fancy shops, experiencing St Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center, taking the secret passage to Times Square, and bidding farewell for the evening at a thoroughly satisfying NYC Pizzeria. My style is to be flexible and to try to exceed expectations. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review, and for touring with me.
Vita R.United States
We had the most remarkable tour with Jared. Jared did his very best to make this tour memorable. In every instance, we felt that Jared truly cared about us. He was very flexible and patient with us. He gave us suggestions and options so that we could decide what was best for us. He loves his city. He is highly knowledgeable about it's history and culture, and he answered all of our questions. I can honestly say that the service Jared provided exceeded my expectations, and I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for touring with me and sharing with the Tours by Locals community. I could tell by how your faces lit up when we went over the itinerary that we should modify it. We had a great time experiencing Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Staten Island Ferry's views of the Statue of Liberty.
Abbie MirataUnited States
Jared was amazing! So much fun, so knowledgable and we had a blast spending the day being shown around by him. Loved seeing, eating and feeling like a local! I highly recommend Jared if your looking for a tour guide in NYC.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for touring with me, having me be a little part of your fun family, and sharing your positivity with us. I enjoyed sharing Rockefeller Center, street basketball, Central Park and Greenwich Village on your customized tour. Please visit again.
Ioana JamesUnited Kingdom
Jared was really great! Even the rain could not dampen the amazing time we had on the tour. Got to see some great Lennon related locations and learn lots about the city. Jared even sprinkled some other places of interest on the way which was a very nice surprise. We really got to experience New York from a unique perspective and felt like we got to walk John Lennon's path for a few hours. The tour is a must for all Lennon fans!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! This is a meaningful tour, especially for fans like you. Lots of fun. Please return!
Laura DeanUnited States
Thank you Jared for a wonderful and very informative tour of Central Park!! We had a fabulous time and you were awesome!! I recommend this tour to everyone! Definitely a 5 STAR Tour!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: : D Thank you so much for touring Central Park with me! Such a smart, curious, enthusiastic, and kind family. A great way to experience Central Park, one of America's greatest works of art and achievements.
Lovelace BangwaUnited States
Jared is amazing. He did a personalized itinerary for our group of 7 adults, 2 teens, and 1 almost 2 year old (with stroller) and he accommodated all of our interests and limitations. Jared shared many stories, jokes, and interesting facts which made a huge impact on the way we learned about and experienced New York. I recommend Jared to anyone and everyone who wants to learn about and see New York!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, LB! Central Park, the subway, SoHo, pizza, Little Italy, Chinatown, the World Trade Center and its 9/11 Memorial. Delightful family.
Carolina LaheraUnited States
Jared was an amazing tour guide. He was so knowledgeable about all the details in NY. We could have never done everything we did in one day without him. He made it so much fun and interesting. I truly recommend him if you really want to get the most out of your tour in little time. We got to see pretty much all the main spot in NY thanks to him. We were a party of 13 and it was simple and easy to keep up. Being so many people we didn't have any complications getting anywhere. It was a great trip. Loved it
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for sharing your review and your vacation with me! Some of my best memories included Central Park and wonderful pizza in the Upper East Side, followed by great coffee nearby. What a fun group of friends. I'm really glad that I could help you make the most of your precious time so you can have more great memories.
Jared was very accommodating with our itinerary, meeting us at the Neue Gallerie and then accompanying us by Metro to our start point. During the 3 1/2 hour walking tour, he gave thorough descriptions of the history of the areas in the Lower East Side, the buildings and the lives experienced by the immigrants who came to the area in waves over the decades. He was considerate of our walking abilities and our timetable. Also, he was fun to be with and had us laughing. We highly recommend Jared!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: :D Thank you! Happy Memories.
Avril MillerUnited States
"Flexible" Mr. Jared, Thank you again for such an outstanding tour. You made it very specific for our young music group. This was truly the best tour for our first time in New York. Take care from your new Indiana family! Sincerely, Boom Squad, Inc. Evansville, IN
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: : ) I'll never forget your group! We went to Lincoln Center, Strawberry Fields, saw the American Museum of Natural History, Julliard, Carmegie Hall, Times Square, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and visited the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial.
Monica H.United States
Jared was fantastic. We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful tour. No one can believe we got to see so much in four hours! Your willingness to customize a tour for the places we wanted to see was greatly appreciated. You made visiting the BIG APPLE so much fun. The tour was the highlight of the trip! Thanks again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is always my goal that my tours are the highlight of my guests' visit to NYC. It is a marvelous place, so I have a lot of competition! Your review means a lot to me. I try to provide value by making the sights come alive with details, the best views, and true stories. Being flexible is important, too, since you are on vacation and there were three generations on our tour. Thank you for sharing your experience with the Tours by Locals community.
Gregory AlexanderUnited States
We enjoyed the customized tour Jared put together for us. We had a limited amount of time and wanted to focus on Alexander Hamilton's presence in New York and historically significant sites relating to the American Revolution. New York sacrificed many locations contributing to America"s history in the interest of real estate development. Jared knew the "whos, wheres and whens" of many of these places which the unguided tourist would more than likely miss. We highly recommend Jared.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.
John MurrayUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Touring the East Village, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side was so meaningful. I have been living there since 1991, enjoying it since 1981, and I have family roots there, too. Since you have been to New York City many times, it was enjoyable to discuss immigration and how these neighborhoods changed. Thank you for rating our tour. It means so much that it was fun memorable! Please, let's tour again! Brooklyn?
Ding Wang-BramlettUnited States
Jared is a by far the best tour guide I have ever had. He is very prompt when replying to my messages. He is on time, and keeps track of time perfectly. We were a big group — 40 people! He kept us all together and moved us around fast. I really like how he keeps track of time down to the minutes, such as "we will have a bathroom break in 26 minutes". Jared is also a very knowledgeable tour guide. He knows a lot about NYC and Columbia. He has tailored the tour for our group. Thank you from the 40 of us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! :) I am not always down-to-the-minute. Just educated guessing, and I like featuring odd numbers as an attention-getting device, which is important when dealing with students. I really enjoyed their engagement and thoughtful questions. Positively memorable!
Jenny Da LuzPortugal
Jared was great from beginning to end. From planning the private tour as per our requirements to delivering the services as booked without a single problem. Thank you Jared for your patience and high standards!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your business and kind review! I have toured professionally for almost thirteen years (as of mid 2018), and I won't forget this tour. We had a great day, experiencing: Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial; the Brooklyn Bridge; seeing the Empire State Building; lunch at a favorite local NYC spot; Empire Statue Building Observation Deck (using the express pass saved us hours); Central Park; Rockefeller Center; Grand Central; Times Square; and back to hotel. Memorable for 1st time visitors.