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 “Our guide Russell was funny and personable and just all around friendly not to mention very knowledgeable. He did a great job and was full of great information. I would highly recommend.”

William C.-Tripadvisor

See Another Side of New York City .  . .

New York is one of the oldest cities in America, with some of its richest history.  A lot of the urban past is still written in its sidewalks, buildings, and hidden niches, if you know where to look.   Hidden New York Tours is dedicated to revealing that hidden city to both visitors and residents alike.   

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Russell Wolin


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 five 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.