The Tour Guide

The Tour Guide

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Everyone wants to visit New York at least once. The Big Apple is a global tourist destination with a dizzying array of attractions throughout the five boroughs. The only problem is figuring out where to starta€”and thata€™s where the citya€™s tour guides come in. These guides are a vital part of New Yorka€™s raucous sidewalk culture, and, as The Tour Guide reveals, the tours they offer are as fascinatingly diversea€”and eccentrica€”as the city itself. Visitors can take tours that cover Manhattan before the arrival of European settlers, the nineteenth-century Irish gangs of Five Points, the culinary traditions of Queens, the culture of Harlem, or even the surveillance cameras of Chelseaa€”in short, there are tours to satisfy anyonea€™s curiosity about the citya€™s past or present. And the guides are as intriguing as the subjects, we learn, as Jonathan R. Wynn explores the lives of the people behind the tours, introducing us to office workers looking for a diversion from their desk jobs, unemployed actors honing their vocal skills, and struggling retirees searching for a second calling. Matching years of research with his own experiences as a guide, Wynn also lays bare the grueling process of acquiring an official license and offers a how-to guide to designing and leading a tour. Touching on the long history of tour-giving across the globe as well as the ups and downs of New Yorka€™s tour guide industry in the wake of 9/11, The Tour Guide is as informative and insightful as the chatty, charming, and colorful characters at its heart.Walking and Talking New York Jonathan R. Wynn. their tour content, and diversifying their employment. ... To make sense of that expansive network, guides will often rely upon the Official NYC Travel Planner, a free booklet of information foranbsp;...

Title:The Tour Guide
Author:Jonathan R. Wynn
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2011-07-05


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