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Posted: Jan 16, 2020 | 12:58 PM
by Jared

Re-Certified for CPR, AED, 1st Aid for Pediatric and Adults

For the third or fourth time, I've been certified for CPR, AED and First Aid for infants through adults.

Since I tour with people ranging from children through seniors, I want to be as prepared as possible.

The minutes between an emergency and an ambulance can make a huge difference!

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Posted: Dec 22, 2019 | 12:46 PM
by Jared

Santa Claus' NYC Tour
Christmas Eve, Tuesday Dec 24th 2019  10AM

by 10AM  39 Broadway, New York, NY 10006

Please do not block any entrances or sidewalkers.

Learn the true history of Santa Claus' worldwide start, here in New York.  This public tour contains some mature content.

About three hours.  Miles of walking.  Subway rides.  Stairs.


rsvp to Jared@JaredtheNYCTourGuide.com

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Posted: Dec 22, 2019 | 12:42 PM
by Jared

NYC Tour Guides recommend these churches for Christmas and Christmas Eve

I asked NYC Tourist Guides about their favorite churches for Christmas in New York


St. John the Divine may have an absolutely gorgeous midnight mass on Christmas Eve.  St John’s JUST reopened after the renovation from the last fire; it’s beautiful.


St Patrick's Xmas day mass is nice.  Xmas Eve tickets are gone.


Holy Cross on W 42nd, old neighborhood church


Grace Church on Broadway in the Village.


St. Peter's Lutheran does a really nice midnight mass with professional choir.



Two Brooklyn options for different experiences: All Saints Episcopal on 7th Ave (Park Slope) has a free concert before the service by Grammy winning pianist/composer Arturo O’Farril (with his orchestra) and a very nice service in a fine church.

Else Herskind Grotrian 9pm concert and 10pm service at All Saints. Sit up front on the left. No one ever does and you get to sit right by the performers. They stay for the service and play the offertory.


1st Presbyterian (Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights) has a spectacular gospel-style choir and a gorgeous 1846,Tiffany-windowed church with a beautiful service.


The Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral on Prince and Mott.

Christmas Eve

Vigil mass 5:30pm





Christmas Day

9:15AM (English)

10:15AM (Chinese)

11:30AM (Spanish)

12:45PM (English)

any Catholic would get a huge kick out of the history that's baked into the place, and also the amount of famous bishops that are interred or honored there.


Riverside Church.


Abyssinian Baptist Church for Eve or Day.


St Francis Xavier on West 16th. For Midnight Mass, arrive at 10 for a seat and carols.  Architecturally very attractive.


First Presbyterian in Manhattan.


St. Luke's in the Field, on Hudson Street.


Church of the Ascenson on 10th Street and Fifth.


St. Malachy’s aka the Actors Church on W 49th. Where the Broadway actors used to attend mass. It was delightful...good singers as you could imagine!  RC

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Posted: Mar 7, 2019 | 1:54 PM
by Jared Goldstein

From a new client, an experienced inbound NYC Tour Operator working with international guests.

"We enjoyed working with you yesterday. We received positive feedback
From the group as they were travelling to go shopping at Woodbury Common. They were happy with Your services.

We had a narrated NYC tour going through Midtown to Downtown to Lower Manhattan.  Along the way we saw the Intrepid, behind which the Miracle on the Hudson took place. 

The highlight was a group visit to the Statue of Liberty.  It was a delightful group from the Philippines.  The Tour Operator has been in business for 39 years!

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Posted: Mar 4, 2019 | 6:05 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Tour of Grand Central email

"We all really enjoyed our [Grand Central] tour and I’ll be in touch when we decide to do another adventure !"

From a group of NYC ladies who are interested and I interesting.

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Posted: Mar 3, 2019 | 10:26 PM
by Jared Goldstein

From the Web, reviews of my Lower East Side Heritages tour

Five Stars
by a guest from Philadelphia
August 29, 2011

"Well worth the money!....the locals that were taking the tours with us said they had never been to most of those places, so that was really cool.

The Heritage Tour was ... very good. The tour guide Jared Goldstein was very knowledgeable about the different cultures in the city and their varied histories. We were able to try many different foods and visited a local market. Again, I like music history, so it was nice that Jared threw in some punk music history :) We ended with Chinatown and Little Italy, where we ended up staying and having a great lunch for cheap!

I would highly recommend ... the Heritage tour was much more informational and spanned all of New York's history. Awesome experience!"

And another Five Star review from a guest from Connecticut

Reviewed August 2, 2011
An amazing glimpse of NY's Lower East Side...
We booked a tour with Ja[red] Goldstein of [former client name redacted]. It was a fantastic glimpse into the lives of the Jewish, Italian and Chinese immigrants living in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We walked and talked for almost three hours and stopped in many restaurants and stores for mini-visits and refreshments along the way. Jared pointed out lots of interesting places and shared many "inside" stories; he also shared additional suggestions if we wanted to extend the tour on our own. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of NYC whether they are native New Yorkers, or not!

Here's a review that's funny to me, and instructive.  It is five stars, but...

"Reviewed August 16, 2011
Great tour... with a lot of information and great guide...
I did 2 tours with [former client name redacted]. The first was the heritage tour on Lower East Side. It was a great tour with Jared Goldstein. He knew a lot about the history of LES and talked on and on constantly for 3.5 hours. It was a great tour, because it was a small group of 3. He took us to Katz Deli, some old knish shop, Economy Candy and a lot of other stores that I don't recall their names. He talked about the history about the development of the LES, Little Italy and Chinatown. It was a good experience. .....I wouldn't hesitate recommending [him]. Jared Goldstein is phenomenal in the amount of knowledge he knows and his ability to tell stories for so long."

I hope that since 2011, that I've learned to breath more and let things sink in more! 

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Posted: Mar 3, 2019 | 10:22 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Web review of a Day in New York City tour

Five Stars
Reviewed September 13, 2011
by a guest from Kuwait
"the trip was very delightful and very informative
the trip was amazing, the trip guide jared was well informed and very entertaining. we visited unusual and interesting places and neighborhoods. I love the tour and I'am considering taking another one when I visit new york again."

We saw Grand Central, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side.
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Posted: Mar 3, 2019 | 10:12 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Jared's Harlem Tours, as reviewed on the World Wide Web

5 Stars
Reviewed December 26, 2012
private tour in Harlem
it happened that I was the only one on the tour to Harlem and Jared was my guide on that walking tour that sunny day! He was very informative and fun about so many things which are hidden from a regular tourist! We visited a baptist church on Sunday and I enjoyed the mess and gospel singing. Then we had a walk around the district and I've got many curious explanation from Jared.
It seems Harlem became closer now that it used to be before.
Thank you!
From a Russian visitor to New York City

5 Stars
A tourist from Michigan
Reviewed November 6, 2011
Jared made Harlem great for our teenager.
Absolutely loved our Harlem tour with Jared. We booked on a Thursday in November, and our family of 3 ended up with a private tour. Jared immediately identified our interests and customized the tour for us. Our son, who just turned 15 and has started playing in the jazz band at school, got to hear all about Harlem's music greats and history. I love architecture, and Jared found side streets that illustrated a variety of housing trends thru the years. Jared loves New York and is a treasure of information about the city. I picked his brain endlessly, and he even sent us more info about jazz clubs later. Thanks [redacted] and Jared!
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Posted: Mar 3, 2019 | 9:55 PM
by Jared Goldstein

As seen on the WWW, a review of my Metropolitan Museum of Art Highlights tour

"Reviewed December 30, 2018
Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art tour

Jared was an absolute pleasure, and an EXCELLENT guide - knowledgeable, friendly, personable, sincere, everything you would hope for in a guide. Thank you!!!"

We saw the Great Hall, Egypt, the Temple of Dendur, American Art, Tiffany, Arms and Armor, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Madame X, Medieval Art, Dutch Art, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Greek & Roman, Van Gogh, Impressionists, and Picasso.

Private New York City Tourist Guide
Jared the NYC Tourist Guide

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Posted: Mar 1, 2019 | 10:28 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Testimonial from Tour Operator of NYC Tours

A beloved Tour Operator from suburban Boston who brings me delightful tourists to New York City had this to say: 

Our travelers were lucky to have had you guide them, and for any future NYC tours you're our first contact for sure :)

The guests they connected to me was a culture focused group of mature adults who experience the world.  They came to New York City for theater and sightseeing.  I helped as Tour Manager, efficiently navigating NYC, attractions, and reservations, and as New York Tourist Guide.

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