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My New York

New York is a rich, multi-layered feast of all the senses. Whether strolling through our neighborhoods, eating in our restaurants, looking at our buildings, attending the theater, listening to music, viewing our museums and galleries, riding the subways, or shopping in our stores, we offer some of the best in every category.  We are a welcoming place, whose history, culture and reputation spring from the embrace of people and ideas from far and wide.  You feel that as you walk the streets and meet New Yorkers.

I’m a native New Yorker with a love of the city’s daily pulse and its long and storied history.   Our history is not only fascinating in its own right, it also informs our present in countless ways. Today's issues of growth, immigration, transportation, style, innovation - you name it - could be ripped from the headlines going back a hundred years here, where we’d recognize the issues in our own lives. Many essential urban issues were first confronted innovatively in New York. It is a path-finding and aspirational city and in some ways, is as much an idea as a place. Billy Joel’s song title expressed it well as a ‘ New York state of mind’.


I was a photojournalist for most of my career, and it’s also been my professional privilege in last few years to take visitors around New York. My photography career is relevant to my guide work, as it is based on a way of seeing. My ‘training’ has been finding creative, convincing ways of seeing. As a photojournalist, I was also schooled in capturing decisive moments that tell a story. In short, it’s about being aware and observant. When you read my thoughts about the city, my photos will usually accompany those musings.


One example of my particular take on New York is a documentary film I made called

Gotham Fish Tales. I became fascinated by city fishermen, and it led to a film which tells the strange and unexpected story of what turns out to be a very productive fishery. Perhaps most intriguing was the disconnect between the perception of what’s in our waterways, and the reality. We have well over 500 miles of coastline, yet until recently, New Yorkers were largely divorced from it and didn’t find it worth visiting. Fortunately, this is all now changing.


Change is most enduring and constant characteristic of New York. This city is always changing, and I connect you between what was, to what is. To that end I offer both fixed itineraries of the city as well as custom tours, which are fashioned according to your specific interests and needs. You may want to take a little from column A and a little from column B, or I can work with you to create an itinerary exactly to your specifications.


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Robert Maass

158 E.7th Street

New York, N.Y. 10009

917 270 1129