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Posted: Dec 9, 2014 | 3:05 PM
by Jared Goldstein

December 9th, a NYC History Tour

1975:  President Ford approves a $2.3 billion loan to prevent New York City bankruptcy.  We were two days away from defaulting on huge loan payments, saving us from bankruptcy.  

Teens on my NYC group tours don't seem to understand NYC's transformations.  They were born twenty five years after, brought up on glamorous NYC shows and movies, not Serpico, French Connection,  and Taxi Driver, among others.
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Posted: Dec 7, 2014 | 7:44 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Dec 7th 1902, a tour through New York City History

1902:  Thomas Nast, one of the most influential people in media, the late 19th Century Cartoonist who invented or defined images including: 'Uncle Sam,' the Democrat Jack-ass (Donkey) the Republican Elephant, and Santa Claus as a fat jolly old elf giving presents to children* or scurrying down chimneys, the great Harper's Weekly Cartoonist died.  

Nast's pen, imagination, originality, wit, boldness, skill and directness was feared by politicians and the corrupt.  

NYC's Boss Tweed detested Nast's nasty depictions of him.  When Tweed was on the lamb in Spain, he was recognized and captuted because of Nast's cartoons.

Some big wigs set up a phony foundation which offered him $100,000 for Nast to study art in Europe.  Tweed, ever the wag, bid the bribers up to $500,000 and then he declined the fellowship.  Probably a good idea.  Bumping him off in Europe would be one way of extending his study abroad.

*Thomas Nast is featured in my Santa Claus the NYC Tour.  Book a private tour of Santa Claus' true NYC history.  

I have some Nast Santa Claus drawings in the Destinations page and on my Santa the NYC Tour facebook page. 


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Posted: Dec 4, 2014 | 7:10 PM
by Jared Goldstein

From a longtime client about my tours for big donors

Thank you for doing your usual excellent job. J
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Posted: Dec 4, 2014 | 7:03 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Testimonial from a corporate President's Executive Assistant about my 9/11 Memorial tour

Hello Jared,

Heard things went very well today.…Thank you for making their tour experience a real success!

J from Pa.

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