hether you have specific locations and sights in mind, or are just looking for a general introduction to New York City, Jeff can customize private half-day and full-day tours for you, your family, or your group. His guided tours via subway and foot through New York's varied and unique neighborhoods, will introduce you to the City’s history, and to the sights, foods, and photo opportunities that only come with a local's experience and knowledge. And as you walk the City and chat, you will gain a more intimate appreciation of New York, and return home with a deeper understanding of how the City grew from a small Dutch trading post to become the financial, media, and entertainment capital of the world.
Come see the “Big Apple” through a native New Yorker's eyes. It will be a truly unforgettable experience.
eff Riback is a born and bred New Yorker, raised in Queens and now a long-term resident of Manhattan's Upper East Side. Whether you’re visiting New York for the first or 15th time, Jeff is eager to share with you his love of the City, its history, and the ever-changing character of its many neighborhoods. Jeff is a licensed and experienced sightseeing guide, and has earned an "exemplary" rating from the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs. He is a member of the Guides Association of New York City.
Jeff hold’s a bachelor's degree, cum laude, in American Studies from Cornell, and a law degree from Vanderbilt. He is a member of the bar in the State of New York, and is a former assistant general counsel for infrastructure and the environment at Con Edison, New York City's power utility.
Boat, Broadway, Bridge, Brooklyn
Ride across New York Harbor on the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty up close, then walk through Lower Manhattan's historic Financial District, and across the Brooklyn Bridge, to visit DUMBO, take in the views from Brooklyn Heights, and appreciate the recent rise of Downtown Brooklyn, Manhattan's oldest and newest rival.
19th Century Immigrant Life
Take a historical stroll from the Lower East Side, through Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita, SoHo, and Greenwich Village, learning how immigrant families survived and ultimately prospered pursuing the American Dream in the late 1800s and early 1900s New York.
Manhattan's Un-Central Parks
Explore Manhattan's lesser known parks, from Washington Square, to Union Square, to Gramercy Park, to Madison Square, and the High Line. And get a taste of Greenwich Village, the Flatiron District, and Chelsea in the process!
Lederhosen to Silk Stockings
Saunter around the now edgy East Village, New York's original Little Germany. Learn about the disaster that altered a neighborhood, then subway up to the elegant Upper East Side, home to many of the City's "one percenters," Gracie Mansion (the official residence of New York City's mayors), and the fading vestiges of German Yorkville.
A Queens Sampler
Learn the early Dutch and English histories, current demographics, and sample the ethnically diverse cuisines, of Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Flushing (the new New York Melting Pot).
Nieuw Amsterdam to the New Republic
Discover New York's origins in the Dutch colony of Nieuw Amsterdam, its transition to the English colony of New York, and the role New York played during the American Revolution and the early decades of the new republic.
From Shul to Cool
Take a walk through Hasidic and hipster sections Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the newer hipster and steadfastly Polish sections of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Get great views of Manhattan's East Side from the opposite shore of the East River.