About Joyce Gold
“Joyce Gold... the doyenne of city walking guides.” —The New York Times
photo by Blandon Belushin
Joyce Gold is a recognized expert and educator in New York history for over 25 years, guiding New Yorkers and visitors alike to rave reviews.
After teaching English in NYC public schools, Joyce moved to the computer field and became a systems analyst. While working at the Federal Reserve Bank in the Financial District, she came across a 100-year old book that opened her eyes to the layers of time visible as she walked the historic streets of Lower Manhattan.
Joyce first started giving weekend tours while she had full time job as a systems analyst and later as a real estate broker. But as the demand for her tours grew and her interest in pursuing Manhattan history deepened, she made the leap, starting Joyce Gold History Tours of New York and becoming one of Manhattan's earliest independent full-time tour guides.
Today, in addition to her scheduled public tours, Joyce leads many private tours for corporations, hotels, real estate developers, museums, universities, professional schools, alumni organizations, schools, religious groups, Junior Leagues, libraries and scores of individuals and families.
Joyce teaches Manhattan history at The New School and New York Universities. She has published two guidebooks: From Windmills to the World Trade Center: A Walking Guide through the History of Lower Manhattan; and From Trout Stream to Bohemia: A Walking Guide through the History of Greenwich Village. She has contributed entries to The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University. Her article, "Learning on Foot: Walking Tours of New York City" appeared in the Parents League 2007 Review.
Joyce received a B.A. in English literature from Queens College and an M.A. in Metropolitan Studies at New York University.