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 startaand thatas where the cityas tour guides come in. These guides are a vital part of New Yorkas raucous sidewalk culture, and, as The Tour Guide reveals, the tours they offer are as fascinatingly diverseaand eccentricaas 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 Chelseaain short, there are tours to satisfy anyoneas curiosity about the cityas 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 Yorkas 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|