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
Allison was born and raised in New York City and is delighted to share its stories! She is a playwright and storyteller, interested in themes of justice and identity. After completing an individualized undergraduate degree at NYU, Allison began giving tours and making art, doing whatever she can to amplify important stories and perspectives. She has experience in devised theater, facilitation and curriculum design, and creative writing.
Originally from Canada, Catie can be found leading tourists around our beautiful concrete jungle as an official Gold Star Tour Guide. With a background in the performing arts, she has a bubbly and energetic personality. She focuses on making her tours fun and engaging because let’s face it, NYC is full of adventure. Her favorite topics include: theater, architecture, park space, history, shopping (of course), and amazingly weird NYC Facts.
“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
Damaras is a professional Voice Over artist as well as a published author and NYC licensed Tour guide. She graduated from Fiorello H LaGuardia high school for music and art and performing art and has continued her performance career on stages across the country. She is passionate about human rights and specializes in political performance art. To keep up with her show dates you can follow Damaras’s business page on Instagram @Damarasobi.
“This was a wonderful tour. Damaras made it even more amazing with her personal connection to the area. She was so kind and added a personal touch to the tour.”
– Sherrykay427, NYC
“She is vibrant, personable, and treats you like a family member … She absolutely made the tour exceptional and would highly recommend this tour and asking for Damaras!”
– Richard G., Florida
Galit is a born and raised New Yorker. Her family having come to NYC through Ellis Island in 1903, she fell in love with her city at a young age. Galit was and remains involved in singing and performing, following in her grandmother’s footsteps who had her own radio show and performed in Yiddish theater for many years in NYC in the 1930s.
During her college career, Galit studied Western Civilization in Spain, African influence on Brazilian Culture in Brazil, and Middle Eastern Studies in Israel. After earning her degree in Media Studies, Galit worked for the City University of New York’s Study Abroad Programming Department creating and leading college programming worldwide. Galit’s passion for teaching then led her to creating and teaching curricula for 1st and 2nd grade special education students. Her passion for NYC and her love of teaching led her to explore the world of tour guiding, which immersed her in both. Galit now lives in Manhattan and speaks in English, Hebrew, and conversational Arabic and Greek.
“17 y/o asks: “y are we booked 4 this?” but after was glad. R guide was gr8. She’s (Galit) knowledgeable, considerate + talented. Wait ’till u hear her sing! She made us feel very comfortable + was gr8 @ getting us interacting… Twas fun+ informative.” – michellewB3656GJ, Fountain Valley, California
“The Tour was hosted by Galit. She is the best. She is fun, knows a lot and can sing very very good. She really made the tour more than worth it… Thanks for a great morning in New York!” – Sander_uit_Hollanda, Heeemstede, The Netherlands
Issa is a native New Yorker hailing from UWS and Williamsburg. Having been a Tour Guide for 3 years, he has seen all the sights and fallen ion love with the city from an entirely different perspective. From the Roman Gothic and Art Deco architecture, to the neighborhood eateries, down to the iconic stories of individuals that make each block unique, he enjoys the journey through it all. Issa has lead tours though the Ground Zero Memorial, Times Square, and thrilled to start off with Brooklyn Bridge DUMBO tours for InsideOut! When not tour guiding Issa is a professional actor having graduated NYU’s Tisch Drama with a B.F.A and can be seen in shows and new works throughout the city. issabest.com
“This tour is unbelievable! Emotional, moving, and at the same time..uplifting! Issa is one of the best tour guides! Knowledgeable, personable and a local with NYC charm! Highly recommend this tour and Issa!” – Travelordianab,
Jaffer is a New Yorker who is originally from Houston, TX. He’s a stand-up comedian and a former high school teacher who loves New York City as much as he loves talking about it. His teaching and comedy chops make him a sharp tour guide, and his southern upbringing makes him much friendlier than the average person you’ll meet in the city.
Jess is a native New Yorker and graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School. A practicing lawyer for 25 years and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia, Jess recently obtained his master’s degree in history at NYU, with a focus on the history of slavery. In the last few years, Jess has become a frequent teacher and lecturer on history in the New York metropolitan area. Jess also is a fluent French speaker who has frequently visited France, and he loves giving tours in French as well as English. He brings to his tours a true passion for history and joie de vivre. Jess also is a member of the NYC Bar Chorus, a group of singing lawyers that performs popular music around NY. He loves leading groups on his Harlem Gospel Experience tours in the singing of gospel music – in English and in French!
“Very interesting visit of Harlem with a very dynamic guide …” – Mcerick2018 – Noisy-le-Roi, France
“Absolutely great to have explanations of the Gospel and what happened in Harlem and walking in essential places. Tour guide absolutely charming, clear, and with such an amazing voice and singing, waouh, impressive!” – 13Trip2018 – Paris, France
“Une excellente expérience avec un super guide nommé Jess, passionné par le gospel et sa ville. Nous avons beaucoup appris. Parlant très bien le français.” – llefloch02 – Vaucresson, France
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
Julia is a native New York and has been licensed NYC tour guide for over 20 years. Graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications and History, she worked as a guide and tour manager in Europe and the U.S.. She has also taught Theatre and English as a University adjunct, and has written several plays that have been produced in NY and elsewhere. With a wide diversity of clients, she has developed tours, trained guides, and created workshops that succeed in sharing this wonderful city and educating visitors while they are having a blast, seeing and experiencing NYC and all it has to offer – food, culture, people, and stories. Honing her skills and style for many years, Julia a topflight guide with a vast knowledge base and excellent reviews from highly satisfied clients. To learn more about Julia’s guiding style and her travel blog, please take a peek at her website: www.bornandbrednytours.com.
“Our tour guide was Julia, she was awesome, she made the tour so much fun.”
– Kathy C., Jackson, New Jersey
“Julia was incredible! The knowledge she has of the city, the history, and the surrounding areas blew my mind. Every question we asked she knew the answer too, without hesitation. Amazing experience, one I know we will both remember forever!”
– Amanda W., New Zealand
“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
Kevin is a licensed NYC tour guide who has also designed and conducted tours in China and Taiwan for nearly a decade. Kevin is a writer who was educated at the University of Iowa’s famed Writer’s Workshop as well as its excellent Comparative Literature program. He did doctoral studies in Chinese language, cultural history, literature, art, and film at the University of Chicago (as well as various Chinese universities) and he currently teaches history, film/art history, and literature as an adjunct professor at SUNY, Purchase College. He loves welcoming and introducing friends from all over the world to his beloved hometown, the greatest city on earth: New York, NY! He’s passionate about sharing the incredible stories behind this incredible city’s architecture, the men and women who built this city, and the art and literature that this city inspires.
“My wife and I recently joined a tour of Greenwich Village conducted by Kevin. The tour mainly focused on the historical, social, and architectural elements of the Village. We absolutely loved this tour!! Kevin has such an extensive and intimate knowledge of the area and its vast stories. He made us feel like we left knowing the soul of the Village.” – Chris, Australia
“I learned so much about the city I live in! This was an awesome tour. Kevin is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic which makes his tours even more enjoyable.” – Amira B., New York
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
Meredith, originally from Long Island, has lived in the New York City area all her life and has worked in NYC in various jobs for over twenty years. Including restaurant work, theater work as a Stage Manager, and even driving a pedicab (bicycle rickshaw) for ten years in Manhattan. A unique experience that taught her so much about the city, she then went on to being a gold star tour guide. While also enjoying world travel including trips to Mexico, Spain, and Egypt, New York City will always be Meredith’s home town. Meredith has now been a tour guide in NYC for over seven years and never gets tired of sharing her knowledge and love of New York with others. From history to architecture to public art and music to the beautiful views, New York City has it all. She loves nothing more than to explore the “urban jungle” along with people from all over the country and the world.
Rori is a native New Yorker who has been a tour guide since 2013. She is also an actress, singer, songwriter and playwright. As a performer, she has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in national tours and regional theaters across the country, taking on starring roles in shows such as Rock of Ages, Rent, Grease, Young Frankenstein and Spamalot. As a writer, her original rock musical and full length play have been produced in festivals throughout NYC. Her training includes NYU’s Lee Strasberg Institute, SUNY Cortland, The Labyrinth Theatre Intensive and Circle in the Square. Rori has a spunky personality and her passion for New York City is palpable and contagious.
“Rori was our guide and she was excellent: really engaging and knowledgeable, but fun and exciting as well.” – CharlieNJ01, Tripadvisor
Russell is a New York native, born and raised in Flushing, Queens. He attributes his later disinterest in sports, to his misfortune at growing up in a place where the Mets were the hometown team. Upon receiving his driver’s license, he immediately took a Datsun cross-country, and realized very quickly that growing up in New York City, leftest this with very little understanding about the country that he lived in. As a corrective measure, he traveled the nation 5 more times, and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Whatever state you’re from, he’s probably spent time there. Finding at last that his limit on living outside of New York is 18 months, he is now a permanent resident of Harlem. At least until they learn how to make bagels someplace else. And we won’t even talk about pizza.Russell has worked in New York’s independent theater scene for over 20 years, as a writer, director, producer, and theater owner. He also drove a Hansom Cab in Central Park for 15 years, before formally becoming a tour guide. Combining his varied experiences both in and out of New York City, with a deep love of history, Russell provides a tour that is funny, and informative, combining personal anecdotes about his native city, with a thorough exploration of its past, present, and future.
“Russell Wollin is absolutely fantastic! A true scholar of everything NYC, plus enthusiastic and fun to boot. This is our 2nd tour with him, but not our last.” – Debbie A, Tripadvisor
“Our guide Russell was funny and personable and just all around friendly not to mention very knowledgeable. He did a great job and was full of great information. I would highly recommend!” – William C, Tripadvisor
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
A native New Yorker who has lived in Harlem, Westchester County, and the Bronx, Stefan currently resides in upstate New York’s historical Hudson Valley region. A licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide since 2003, he enjoys learning new languages and is always seeking to improve upon his Spanish and French speaking skills. His love of history, and particularly as to how it relates to the African Diaspora, led him to take a trip to Brazil where he further increased his knowledge as to how vast the influence of the African culture has been throughout the New World. As a freelance graphic artist, he has created an animated series entitled “The Adventures of PB”, that showcases two friend’s adventures as they explore various parts of the “New World.” Amongst his various interests are listening to music, reading, and exploring the various regions of upstate New York. He is a nature lover at heart who enjoys hiking, snow, landscape photography, camping, kayaking, and any outdoor activity or close to water.
Tauren Hagans was born in White Plains, NY but has lived in NYC and specifically The Bronx longer than anyplace else and considers it her home. She knows she’s a true New Yorker because she has never owned a car. In addition to being a tour guide she is a singer and actress that has traveled the entire United States performing.
“Amazing tour with the best tour guide we’ve ever experience, Tauren. If I ever came back with more family member I’d do it all over again and would love for it to be with her. Very knowledgeable, kind spirited, and fun to be around. Worth every penny!” – Erica
“Tauren was really an incredible guide! She really knew about the history of all the places we visited and gave us some really good fun facts. Totally recommended! Her energy and enthusiasm really made of this one of a kind! Thank you Tauren! From your Ecuadorian crew :)”
Hello! My name is Tim and I am looking forward to meeting you and leading your next tour. I have leading tours in New York, DC, and Philadelphia for 13 years. While on tour, I want your experience to truly be eye opening, fun, and inspiring. When I am not leading tours, I work as an actor in theater and film. I hope to share my insights and humor with you on your next tour.
“Tim was an awesome guide–he is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about these tour stops. I also appreciated how he was very careful to keep the group together when boarding/unboarding the ferry.
Not only did he enlighten us all with the subject matter at hand, he was an awesome resource in letting us know about other things to do in NYC.
Probably his best advice was where to get the pizza in NY–Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street. I agree–it was awesome! It’s NY style pizza (unlike the Chicago style I’m used to back in the Midwest)–huge slices on thin crust. Delicious! Thanks for the tip, Tim.”