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Posted: Nov 5, 2018 | 9:50 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Testimonial from Social Media about our Ellis Island tour

Ellis Island tours are so meaningful. 

Acre for acre, Ellis Island is the most important place in American history, where 1/3 of us can trace at least one ancestor who passed through this immigration processing machine's 'golden doors' on the emigrants' way to becoming Americans, to build a nation.

This includes me, Jared the NYC Tour Guide! 

Thank you, Grandparents for taking the risk, making the sacrifices and the effort so that I can have a better life, much better than my second cousins who I never met, partly because most or all of them were exterminated during World War II.

My personal connection with Ellis Island is from a field trip that Mrs. Zaretsky or Zaretski organized, a hard hat tour of Ellis Island when it was a ruin in 1981. 

It was not a foregone conclusion that it would become a readily accessible museum.  Ten years later, thanks to the generosity of the children of the immigrants, like my parents, Ellis Island opened.  

Here is a rave for our  recent tour:

"B--- R------  recommends Jared the NYC Tour Guide.

My husband and I toured Ellis Island with Jared. He's a pleasure to be with and very informative. We look forward to taking another tour with him this spring!"


After our tour, we went on the behind-the-scenes hardhat tour of Ellis Island's haunting Hospital.  They are fundraising to open that safely to the public.  I plan to post pictures of this at http://facebook.com/JaredtheTourGuide


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Posted: Oct 18, 2018 | 9:31 PM
by Jared Goldstein

From an East Village visitor

Hi Jared,
....
I really enjoyed the tour and your willingness to adapt to suggestions on the fly. It was clear that you really are an NYC expert and you could handle any suggestion or question that we threw at you. I also know that KB really appreciated some of the historical insights that you shared during the tour.

I have left your business card with my AirBnb host and will be recommending you to any friends that visit NYC.

Thanks again and hopefully see you next time I visit NYC.

Cheers,
KM

We saw Kleindeutschland, St Mark's Place, the Jewish Lower East Side, Cooper Union, McSorley's, Tompkins Square Park, East Village Rock heritage, the site of CBGBs, Ukrainian heritage, and more.
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Posted: Sep 25, 2018 | 5:20 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Praise for East Village and Alphabet City tour

"Hey Jared! Thanks so much for today. We both really enjoyed it."

-Guests from Australia, Ireland, and Taiwan.

Went over geography and history and socioeconomics;
Rock history;
Street art;
Tompkins Square Park;
Puerto Rican heritage;
Affordable housing solutions;
Pop culture;
Local businesses;
Community Gardens;
The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space;
Fillmore East; 
German roots;
Ukrainian heritage;
St Mark's Place;
Jewish heritage;
Cooper Union;
McSorley's;
CBGB.  
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Posted: Sep 24, 2018 | 10:27 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Message about Lower East Side tour

"Thank you so much Jared. We had a good time but more importantly learned so much about the immigrant history of the lower east side and US history from you."
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Posted: Sep 17, 2018 | 4:53 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Educational Tour Operator Praises my Catcher in the NYC walking tour

"Hi Jared

They loved the [Holden Caufield Catcher In the Rye] tour and they said you were great - so thank you very much."

Among the sights:  Grand Central, the nearly hidden, once popular Biltmore Clock*, Central Park, the Carousel, the Mall, and the American Museum of Natural History.

*The guard was kind to let us in.  He got such a kick out of me reading the relevant passage from the book.
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Posted: Sep 15, 2018 | 4:21 PM
by Jared Goldstein

First time visitors by bus

"Jared,
Chinatown was such an awesome experience.
Thank you again for such an outstanding tour. You made it very special for our [school marching and drumming group] and the best time for our first time folks to NYC.
Take care,
A....and the ... Squad Family."

We saw Lincoln Center, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, the Dakota, Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, Times Square, Broadway, Macy's, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Chelsea, the Highline, Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, the World Trade Center and its 9/11 Memorial, where Ground Zero was, and Chinatown.
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Posted: Aug 31, 2018 | 1:24 PM
by Jared Goldstein

A rave in social media

"I can't say enough about how great our tour was. Jared is very personable and a great storyteller. He was a wealth of information on a huge variety of topics and he tailored every part of the tour to our group's interest. We had a chance to explore off the beaten path and the most iconic parts of NYC.

We ate at wonderful shops, saw amazing views, learned so much history and fully enjoyed New York. His tour reignited my excitement for the city."


Thank you.

From https://www.facebook.com/JaredtheNYCTourGuide/
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Posted: Aug 27, 2018 | 8:32 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Customized Manhattan Tour rave

"We can't thank you enough for the wonderful tour. No one can believe we got to see so much in 4 hours! You made visiting The Big Apple fantastic! I have passed your card onto friends that are trying to plan a trip! I told them they would not be disappointed."

We saw the Empire State Building, Macy's, took the subway, went to Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the World Trade Center and its 9/11 Memorial, where Ground Zero was, and saw the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Posted: Aug 27, 2018 | 6:36 PM
by Jared Goldstein

"Thank you for today. We had a fantastic time!"

We experienced Grand Central, Hudson Yards, thr Highline, and Greenwich Village.

It was especially fun for a family of railroad enthusiasts.
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Posted: Aug 23, 2018 | 6:13 PM
by Jared Goldstein

From a Student Tour Director

"Thank you again for everything, Jared! That was a fun, informative, and very successful tour."

We enjoyed Central Park, Grand Central, and the Highline.
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