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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 | 9:48 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Manhattan Step on coach bus tour and walking tour praise, an email from Canada

"Hi Jared

Thanks so much for the tour - people really enjoyed it....

Definitely will book you next time in the city - hopefully April unless the Canadian dollars continues to shrink.


[Tour Director from Toronto]" who took my Manhattan Sights Orientation MSO coach bus tour
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Posted: Aug 24, 2015 | 4:27 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Feedback from a small group about my new World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial Tour

"...great .. Informative .. And very Friendly, Thank you for making our memories there [at the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial] lasting!!"
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Posted: Aug 24, 2015 | 3:45 PM
by Jared Goldstein

About my recently redeveloped World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial tour

Now that the National 9/11 Memorial Plaza and Museum are open, I have revised my World Trade Center tour to complement a National 9/11 Memorial Museum visit.  I feel that many, if not all tours, outside the museum risk detracting from the museum's experience.

If you only have two hours to experience something of 9/11, then go to the museum and don't hire me for a tour, unless you want a very short tour.  I'll explain shortly.

My new tour of the Memorial Plaza and St. Paul's Chapel, the Survivor Church, can be 45-120 minutes long, depending on your time and energy. 

My most powerful and informative version of a World Trade Center and 9/11 tour is for a small group of less than about eight tour-goers.  This allows us to get close to the 'Reflecting Absence' Memorial Pools and to learn about the lives and heroism of some of those memorialized there.

If you are part of a larger group, then I recommend about 45 minutes to introduce the World Trade Center's history and 9/11 Memorial Plaza.  This would be 15 minutes to introduce the new World Trade Center and the original WTC's history.  15 minutes to interpret the 9/11 Memorial, and a few minutes of personal reflection. 

For a large group, I recommend combining this with nearby sights like Downtown, the Financial District, or the Brooklyn Bridge for a two-hour tour.  I find that for youth groups 90 minutes is good for a Museum visit.  This gives you about four hours in the area, which is good.  There is a lot to see around the WTC.

For small groups, I am mindful that you should also have Museum admission tickets so that my tour doesn't repeat what you would typically experience there in an average two-hour visit.  There are few, if any, Tour Guides who can match the power of that museum beneath the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. 

With your limited time and energy for experiencing exhibits, I don't want my tour to take anything away from the museum's power and information. 

I also give advice on how to get the most from the 9/11 Memorial Museum exhibits, since the museum is overwhelming.  This can really make a difference because it is easy to miss some or all of the museum's most important parts.

Please note that the 9/11 Memorial Museum offers a guided tour for an extra fee, or a free app-guided tour inside the museum, that takes an hour.  That tour does not take you to what I recommend as the two most important parts of the museum.  These sections are not obvious to visitors whether they take the museum's tour or not.

Here is a link to buying museum tickets whether you tour with me outside or not:  https://www.911memorial.org/visit-museum-1

If that link doesn't work, then use this one
http://www.911Memorial.org  .

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Posted: Jul 27, 2015 | 12:56 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Letter From Guest about our New York City Tour

Hi Jared.  We're still on vacation on Cape Cod. As soon as we get home we're going to post stellar reviews for you.  Can't thank you enough for being by far the best tour guide I've ever had and for the way you became part of the family. Our kids continue to ask about you and when we'll get to have another tour with you.
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Posted: May 18, 2015 | 9:41 PM
by Jared Goldstein

STEM Tour for 6th Graders

"Good Afternoon _,

Yesterday afternoon our ?[6th Grade] Students had the opportunity to attend a walking tour to learn about the design, construction and history of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Woolworth building and the World Trade Center/Freedom Tower. The tour was directly aligned with our STEM Engineering curriculum that our students have been heavily involved in this semester! They had an amazing time and even got the chance to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge! What an amazing experience! I have attached photos from our trip.

Enjoy! Have a wonderful day!

Director,  Elementary Extended Day STEM Program"

April 2015

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Posted: May 18, 2015 | 8:21 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Brooklyn Bridge Tour feedback from a STEM Program Director


Yes, it was another great [Brooklyn Bridge] tour! The [First Grade] kids had an amazing time, thank you so much!

Thank you!

Director, STEM Extended Day Program
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Posted: Apr 30, 2015 | 11:20 AM
by Jared Goldstein

Message from a Tour Director to their NYC Tour Guide

"Made it home safely... we had a great trip thanks to YOU!"

-J, from Ohio
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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 | 8:10 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Note about a choir's tour of Central Park and Lincoln Center

Hi Jared,

Thanks again for the great tour!  We really enjoyed our time with you!

Choir / Band Director
Washington DC

I found them spots for impromptu choir performances in Central Park and Grand Central.  
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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 | 7:59 PM
by Jared Goldstein


Hi Jared,

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for our tour. We had a really great time in NYC with you. You gave us a different perspective than what we would have seen on our own.... I hope you have continued success!

Kindest regards,
K from Virginia

We had a couple of days together enjoying a Central Park tour and the street art of Bushwick in Brooklyn.
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Posted: Apr 9, 2015 | 9:47 PM
by Jared Goldstein

A text from an Australian High School Group Leader four days after returning home

Hi Jared.  R. from [an Australian High School 's Media Studies program] here. Just want to say thanks again. You really helped make our trip easy and enjoyable. All the best. R.

We spent ten days touring NYC's museums and neighborhoods.  
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