Jeffrey Tanenhaus

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Tour guide and travel writer Jeffrey Tanenhaus is a native New Yorker. Born on the Upper East Side, Jeffrey started out in tourism as a guide on Gray Line double-decker tour buses. He later gave private tours for corporate clients and walking tours of Brooklyn where he lived most recently before biking cross-country on a Citi Bike to California. Jeffrey owns one of the top-ranked apps about NYC. His New York City Essential Guide (download for iPhone and iPad) equips visitors with expert advice for 400 points of interest throughout the city. Premium users can send in-app messages to get personalized feedback from right inside the app!

Posts by Jeffrey Tanenhaus

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  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    A bicycle, of course! Although you may assume that riding a bike in NYC is crazy, I actually feel safer on a bike than in the back of a yellow taxi. Bike infrastructure is excellent and two wheels definitely beat four when there’s traffic. Being on a bike I get to actively interact with the city on my own terms instead of passively moving via subway underground or erratic cab driver above ground. Biking is also the best way to get to know a new place quickly!

  • 2
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    As relates to tourists visiting NYC, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is a pretty cool place many New Yorkers have never even heard of despite it being half the size of Central Park and far less crowded. By the 1860s it was one of the biggest tourist attractions in the entire nation and is the final resting place of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Pfizer, William Colgate, Samuel Morse and Charles Lewis Tiffany, among others.

  • 3
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    I’ll never forget the blackout of August 2003. I was working in an office on the 35th floor across the street from the World Trade Center, which had been destroyed just two years earlier. The lights went out and we nervously filed down 35 flights of stairs. Brutal on the calves. Outside it was just a zoo. Cars couldn’t move. People in the street everywhere and nothing worked. Cell phones were primitive and nobody could make a call. I had Broadway tickets that night, but there was no show. With co-workers I ended up walking six miles to their place on Upper East Side, buying beers along the way and drinking them on the street. Normally that’s a violation, but the city was like one big party that continued into the night until the candles melted.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Just be open to meeting new people and trying new things. Despite local linguistic difficulties, a smile translates globally.