New Amsterdam: The Birthplace of New York Walking Tour

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Taught by New York Local Tours

New York Local Tours, created by Alex Delare and Jonathan Anderson, is dedicated to using storytelling to bring history to life. The two created their historical walking tour company because of their mutual passion for New York City. Both guides have New York educational backgrounds from their time working in historical institutions teaching students K-12. They come from an acting background, so a tour with New York Local Tours will feel improvisational, fun and thought-provoking.


Exploring a neighborhood with New York Local Tours isn't a boring two-hour lecture; it will feel like an exciting give and take. The ideas and questions that are posed by visitors are what helps to make every tour unique. Groups are kept small so that each tour feels special to their guests. Come walk with New York Local Tours and soon, whether you’re a native New Yorker or not, you will be calling yourself a local, too.


Alex Delare:


Alex grew up the daughter of a diplomat who was always moving from one country to another but found her home in Brooklyn. Alex has been living in NYC for eleven years now, and found that the city has fueled her passion for history and storytelling. Alex decided to start her own business with her husband, Jonathan, out of their mutual love for the city and sharing its stories together.


Alex is a Certified NYC Sightseeing Guide and is currently pursuing a Masters of History at Brooklyn College. When she is not running the History Couple, you can find her at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum where she works as an Education Specialist, specializing in School & Family Programming. Her work entails creating inventive and meaningful tours and activities for school groups and families who visit the Museum. It is also her responsibility to manage and train the Museum’s ambassadors and volunteers on how to teach sensitive content. Before working at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Alex was employed at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum as a Senior Educator/Costumed Interpreter.


Jonathan Anderson:


Jonathan is a native of Bar Harbor, which is located on an island off the coast of Maine. He had never imagined that New York would ever be a place he would live, but the stars aligned, and now here he is, loving every minute of it. Jonathan has been living in Brooklyn for six years now and found that his love for history blossomed when he moved here. Jonathan decided to start his own walking tour business with his wife, Alex, out of their shared love for New York and its incredible history.


Jonathan is a Certified NYC Sightseeing Guide and is currently pursuing a Masters of History at Brooklyn College. When not giving tours for their business, he is the Manager of Education & Family Programming at the South Street Seaport Museum. His work includes creating new programming for school groups K-12, developing events for families while also facilitating and managing the training of new Educators. Before the South Street Seaport Museum, Jonathan worked at a Senior Educator at the New-York Historical Society and the New York Transit Museum as a Costumed Interpreter.

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On this walking tour, we’ll discover the life of pirates and prostitutes living in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York. Step into the wooden shoes of the early settlers and see what life was like being an employee rather than a colonist. Based on exciting new research taking place over the last 35 years, we’ll show you a brand new side of this brave new world like you’ve never seen before. From Native American raids, to the origin of the cookie, to everyone’s least favorite peg-legged governor, you’ll see it all.

We start this tour at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, the Southern most tip of Manhattan, and then work our way up to Wall Street, exploring everything in between!



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