“Joyce Gold... the doyenne of city walking guides.”
—The New York Times

Dear Joyce, Many thanks for the really fantastic tour of Little Island. The work you did and the amount of detail you were able to provide was impressive and enhanced all our experiences of that site. I so appreciate all the information on the landscape and how it related to the architecture and the engineering. Fascinating.
We all look forward to another of your special tours. Thank you again.
Best, Sarah Hewitt

Joyce Gold is a recognized expert and educator in New York history and for over 40 years has been guiding New Yorkers and visitors alike to rave reviews.

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Joyce's Custom Tours give clients the best of New York just the way they want it. Her clients include scores of individuals and families, corporations, hotels, real estate developers, museums, universities, professional schools, alumni organizations, schools, religious groups, Junior Leagues, libraries, and more. In addition, Joyce offers Scheduled Tours for the public most weekends of the year.

Illustrated Talks by Joyce are another way clients can share New York with their special groups. For those looking for a comprehensive overview of Manhattan history, Joyce has taught courses at New York University.

Joyce has published two guidebooks: From Windmills to the World Trade Center: A Walking Guide through the History of Lower Manhattan and From Trout Stream to Bohemia: A Walking Guide through the History of Greenwich Village. She has contributed entries to The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University. Her article, "Learning on Foot: Walking Tours of New York City" appeared in the Parents League 2007 Review.

After teaching English in NYC public schools, Joyce moved to the computer field and became a systems analyst. While working at the Federal Reserve Bank in the Financial District, she came across a 100-year old book that opened her eyes to the layers of time visible as she walked the historic streets of Lower Manhattan.

Joyce first started giving weekend tours while she had full time job as a systems analyst and later as a real estate broker. But as the demand for her tours grew and her interest in pursuing Manhattan history deepened, she made the leap, starting Joyce Gold History Tours of New York and becoming one of Manhattan's earliest independent full-time tour guides.

Joyce received a B.A. in English literature from Queens College and an M.A. in Metropolitan Studies at New York University.

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