A lifetime New Yorker, Marty was formerly an educator and administrator in the New York City Public School System for 34 years. His extensive knowledge and wide-ranging interests are reflected in his one-of-a-kind walks of the City’s history, culture, architecture and ethnic neighborhoods. It is this knowledge that allows us to bestow upon him the term Urban Historian, one of just a few of our guides with that honor! His particular interests lie in New York’s urban immigration and its ever changing neighborhoods.
Marty has created three Conservancy tours: Jewish Harlem- a walking tour of the 3rd largest Jewish neighborhood on the planet from 1895 until the mid1920s, where many of the original synagogues still stand, but have been converted to churches in the 20th Century, and the Upper West Side, which has been divided geographically into Upper West Side South, and Upper West Side North. Jewish UWS begins on 86th Street and CPW and UWS South meets at 68th Street and CPW. On this tour we visit Shearith Israel, the first Jewish congregation in colonial New York.
After living 24 years on the Upper West Side, Marty will now be living in this iconic neighborhood that he so lovingly gives tours of.