Alex Drywa, Vice President
Being a third generation New Yorker, you would think Alex knows everything he needs to know NYC. WRONG! After traveling and living abroad in Europe and Australia for 4 years, he came back to NY on a mission to learn everything about NYC’s history he always took for granted.
He had so much fun teaching visiting friends from Australia around New York that he decided to become a licensed guide to share his knowledge with to a broader audience on the best walking tour of New York. Within minutes you will feel like you have known Alex forever, that’s how comfortable he makes people who take walking food tours with him. He loves finding the best hidden whiskey bars and hole-in-the-wall eateries in New York. So whether you need a great NYC bar or fabulous Manhattan restaurant, this is the guy to ask.
Garry Zafrani, Founder
I’m a New Yorker – born and raised. My Dad owned a small film & photo store in Times Square, New York in the ‘60s. I began helping NYC visitors make the most of their visit at age 9.
During my teenage years, growing up in Brooklyn, my first jobs were on the Lower East Side NY (near Chinatown) where I learned about New York’s ethnic food, and that love of diverse cooking styles and tastes continues today.
As an adult, I have worked in a number of New York City hotels for 25 years helping tourists plan their sightseeing tours of New York, and now I accompany them on these tours as a guide and their friend in New York and share the joy of discovering the best NYC restaurants and the hidden gems of NY that the city has to offer.
Nancy Paris, Tour Guide
Nancy had been happily acting as a tour guide to friends and family visiting around New York and Broadway for years before following her sister´s advice to actually “go pro” and become a licensed NYC tour guide.
She enjoys the personal interaction of a NYC walking tour with a small group, and especially loves sharing the stories behind the story of the New York landmarks and attractions on her walking tours of Manhattan.
Nancy is also a professional dancer and choreographer, and will pirouette down Broadway in Manhattan for you if you ask nicely. If your focus is dance be sure to request Nancy by name as your tour guide.
Annabel Alafriz, Tour Guide
Don’t let her tiny demure fool you. She is a giant ball of energy with an even bigger wealth of knowledge. Annabel often thinks of what Alice might observe, had Lewis Carroll brought her adventures into NYC’s Engineered Wonderland. Engaging fellow-travelers in a joyful exploration of the city’s surprises, her conversations touch on myriad discoveries, overlooked milestones, unsung pioneers, all the while pointing out NYC’s best, often hidden, culinary delights.
She still is pursuing her lifelong interest in mapping information and visualizing data; and remains involved in creative projects on educational game design.
Erin O’brien, Manager
Erin is the heart and soul of Manhattan Walking Tour. Her dedication keeps us going in the right direction, her dedication to detail ensures that all tours are on time and smooth running.
Personally, Erin enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family. No matter how good we are as tour guides without Erin nothing works.
Russell Wolin, Tour Guide
Russell is a New York native, born and raised in Flushing, Queens. He attributes his later disinterest in sports, to his misfortune at growing up in a place where the Mets were the hometown team. Upon receiving his driver’s license, he immediately took a Datsun cross-country, and realized very quickly that growing up in New York City, left him with very little understanding about the country that he lived in. As a corrective measure, he traveled the nation 5 more times, and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Whatever state you’re from, he’s probably spent some time there. Finding at last that his limit on living outside of New York is 18 months, he is now a permanent resident of Harlem. At least until they learn how to make bagels someplace else. And we won’t even talk about the pizza.
Russell has worked in New York’s independent theater scene for over 20 years, as a writer, director, producer, and theater owner. He also drove a Hansom Cab in Central Park for 15 years, before formally becoming a tour guide. Combining his varied experiences both in and out of New York City, with a deep love of history, Russell provides a tour that is funny, and informative, combining personal anecdotes about his native city, with a thorough exploration of its past, present and future.