Richard Beckerman
Licensed NYC Sightseeing/Tour Guide

I’m Richard, a licensed tour guide, and I love New York. I’m a third-generation New Yorker, the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. I’ve lived here all my life.

My perspective of the city is enriched and broadened by the variety of paths I’ve taken here. For twenty-five years, I was a professional illustrator, a career that immersed me in New York’s publishing and art worlds. I was also an office worker throughout the city, including ten years in the World Trade Center.

When I was an art student at Pratt Institute, I got to know Brooklyn more—wow, what a fascinating place. I am continually awed by the charm and cultural richness of my city.

The years I taught special education and art in the city’s public schools, in tandem with my enthusiasm and New York life experience, help make me a great New York City tour guide.

Any tour with me will be fun, informative, and stimulating. Thanks to New York City’s vastness and diversity, each private tour can be as individual as a client’s tastes and interests.


When you book with Richard’s New York New York Tours, you know you’re getting a licensed sightseeing guide that is certified by New York City. Not only do we have to pass a written exam on NYC history, culture, and transportation, but we need to keep our license active and in good standing.

-Licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide

-Member of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)

-Bachelor’s degree in Literature and a Master’s degree in Education

-Twenty-five years working as a visual artist

Richard’s New York New York Tours

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