A Brooklyn native and Columbia University graduate, Stacey is the founder of Inside Out Tours. Her passion for history, tourism and New York City are complimented with a background that encompasses the artistic, legal, and academic world. Stacey started her career as an assistant producer of documentaries for a major television network. She then worked for 10 years as a lawyer before pursuing her true love and launching Inside Out Tours with her childhood friend, Sheila. She is the company’s Chief Tour Guide.
“Stacey, our tour guide was excellent. She gave us great insights, making the important connections between the history of this art form with history-past and present-itself.”
– LadeeKatherine, New York, NY
“The tour guide, Stacey, was very informative, knowledgeable and very easy going. She answered all of our questions without hesitation.”
– MelissaBR88, New York, NY
Alessia hails from Florence but quickly fell in love with the city as a tourist and decided to stay. She loves architecture, especially Art Deco, of which there is much to be found in New York City. While always a creative person, the city inspired her to start her own internet based company, AnHandmade Designs. As she feels creativity can be expressed through food, Alessia is always experimenting with different cuisines and trying different cafes and restaurants.
“The Twilight cruise around Manhattan was amazing! We had the greatest views of many of the city’s attractions from a unique viewpoint. The Walking Gospel Tour of Brooklyn Heights was incredible too, and Alessia, our guide was the best.” – mercedesffb, General Roca, Argentina
“This tour was very interesting. Before the tour we had a very bad image about The Bronx and Alessia taught us the cultural and artistic part about this neighborhood.” – E4699KHdavidp, Sabadell, Spain
How did this small town Canadian end up tour guiding in NYC? She arrived 8 years ago to chase my dream of becoming a singer and actor in this magnificent city! Offstage, she can be found showing tourists around our beautiful concrete jungle as an official Gold Star Tour Guide. She is fortunate to guide with some of the most renowned companies, providing tours ranging from sold out scholastic bus tours to custom private walking tours for your family. She focuses on making her tours fun and engaging because let’s face it, NYC is full of adventure. Her favorite topics include; theatre, architecture, park space, history, shopping (of course), and amazingly weird NYC Facts. For more information about her tour guide style, check out her website (and tour blog) at www.catieshelley.com. Hope to meet you in NYC!
“Our guide [Catie] was bubbly, entertaining and a great storyteller. My sister and I were very impressed with her knowledge of architecture in NYC and appreciated how courteous she was to the group by always making sure we were comfortable.” – CarolH_BC898, British Columbia, Canada
“Our guide [Catie] took us on a walking tour starting at the UN. She explained do many things including history, art, architecture. I would had missed so much without her. What fun facts and photo ops.” – Patricia G, Lompoc, California
A born and raised Manhattanite, Dahlia now lives in Brooklyn. As an avid urban cyclist, she has a GPS-like understanding of the city’s streets as well as a degree in Urban Studies and Planning. Her experience in the city makes her a master of the interactive tour, customizing a tour around street life spontaneity and a group’s special interests.
“This is an amazing tour. Our guide Dahlia was really lovely. She was very informative and keep the tour at a pace to suit all ages in the group. … Thank you Dahlia for a lovely experience” – Mary F, Liverpool, United Kingdom
“Had a great tour with our guide Dahlia. … Dahlia was great fun and very knowledgeable of the area.” – crabbitscot, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jose is a proud New Yorker though he hails from Guatemala City. Born into a musical family, he has performed all over Latin America with his father’s band. His travels as a young boy led him to develop an interest in the secrets left behind by the Mayan civilization. After finding love with a Brooklyn girl and moving to be with her, he became a student of the city. Jose has been engaging himself in learning the city’s past, present, and future to help others spread the love for the city. Jose is happy to share his love for New York in multiple languages, as he speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Norwegian!
“Our guide José was amazing. He always conveyed information in a very coherent way and managed to keep us interested in the stories he was telling.” – humugo37, Medellin, California
“We took it in spanish, with Jose from Guatemala and Waw he is awesome, kind, highly educated he really knows the history behind this place. He was courteous at all times and even shared his personal story in NY 🙂 you learn, you see it is perfect for families.” – godh, San Jose, Costa Rica
“Hi. I’m Katherine with a K. I live, work and play in New York. My journey in this great city is ongoing..”. Katherine arrived as an artist with an affinity for photography, performance, textiles and graphic design. Soon after, she co-founded a boutique design studio for twenty years forward developed brand programs and web applications for the arts, music & entertainment industry. But it wasn’t until she discovered tour guiding that she found her true calling. As an all-round people-person and love of culture, she discovered that being a licensed NYC Tour Guide meant she could utilize her skills, experience and passion for the arts, architecture and history while working in the open air! As a born sightseer, she loves to explore NYC by bike and travel any chance she gets. Her urban escape is to seek out nature be it on the Hudson, a park or hiking, swimming and skiing. Next to New York and New England where she grew up, she considers Italy her second home- where she learned to speak, eat and cook Italian fluently! “The ultimate thrill with each and every tour is I can help facilitate a memorable New York experience, on that enriches the mind and soul.”
“Could not fault this tour. The depth of information was imparted with skill and humour. Katherine not only clearly explained each feature she made sure everyone in the group was able to hear. Brought New York to life. Highly recommend by 4 Australians.” – bobnaj, New York, NY
“Katherine is an excellent guide. … Katherine friendly, sincere and helpful.” – debbielowe1510, Auckland, New Zealand
Ludie considers herself a global citizen, having grown up in New York but having been shaped by her travels and time abroad. She studied in Spain as a student and worked in Japan as an English teacher. She was also a cooking instructor for 8 years, teaching youth and adult health supportive cooking. She combined her love of food, her hometown, and ESL education when she founded New York City Bites to showcase traditional dishes from around the world in an English cooking class.
“Ludie is a natural born entertainer and educator! We love your energy, Ludie!”
– ani_kaaaaa, Essen, Germany
“We were lucky enough to have Ludie as our guide for both tours. She is extremely knowledgeable, and loves her job. She makes all the difference.”
– Hkyfanz, Nanaimo, Canada
Marcos was born in the Bronx and loves showing tourists around his hometown borough. With over ten years of experience as a licensed New York City tour guide, he loves showcasing the Brooklyn Bridge, Uptown Manhattan, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side, as well as his beloved Bronx. Marcos has the unique combination of the connection of a native New Yorker with the perspective and passion of someone who moved here by choice, after having grown up in Milwaukee, WI. He has a passion for music and is also a singer-songwriter-composer, dance teacher, and church musician.
“It felt like Marcos was telling stories and not just reciting a list of facts, I could tell he enjoys what he does and that made the tour much more enjoyable.”
– finneganhannah, Lincoln, Nebraska
“We recently enjoyed a tour with Marcos, who really was an excellent guide. He is local, knowledgable, friendly and is great at his job.”
– Lauren A, Canberra, Australia
Matt is a native Connecticut Yankee, but he now proudly considers himself a New Yorker. He is a licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide who is extremely excited that got into this line of work. “I’ve found it one of the most fun and stimulating ways to make a positive difference.” By night, he is an actor, writer, and director who does a lot of improvisation and sketch comedy at The Magnet Theater in midtown Manhattan. He also performs children’s theater with the nationally acclaimed Story Pirates. He loves history, art, NY sports, authentic characters, learning new things, talking to strangers, and entertaining tourists as they visit “The Greatest City in the World!”
“Our guide Matt was excellent. It was a very hot day and his knowledge was superb.” – sueeyh, Herefordshire, UK
“We had an amazing tour guide, I believe his name was Matt. And he was absolutely incredible. I have never been on a tour where they have been so hilarious while still providing us with information but actually keeping us attentive the ENTIRE time. I believe Matt made this tour 100% fantastic.” – 568janaeb, Wellington, New Zealand
Sean is a licensed New York City tour guide with a masters degree in history from Brooklyn College. He is passionate about the American Revolution and New York City history. He has taught classes on New York City history in various academic settings. He is a native of the tri-state area and has been a resident of Brooklyn for 7 years. Sean is also a musician and a writer.
“The most knowledgable tour guide we have had in New York…an interesting tour with a great guide..thanks Sean!”
– Sandy R., Melbourne, Australia
“Sean was our guide. He couldn’t have been more qualified, informative, and articulate about this subject and related New York history.”
– Phil G., Gresham, Oregon