The Urban Oyster Team
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David Naczycz, Co-Founder
David is a dedicated urbanist and amateur historian who loves cities and their histories. He has traveled to and lived in a number of cities all over the world and, everywhere he goes, he immerses himself in the history of that place. A resident of New York City for over ten years, David has a special interest in the world's greatest city and its history. One of his favorite activities when he's not leading a tour of the city is to explore greater New York by bike and his mission is to have cycled through every neighborhood in the city. He's also an entrepreneur who values sustainability, urban neighborhoods, and the people that live there. Over the past nine years, he has built a consulting practice working with the leaders of cities to help them create viable communities and while living in Detroit he founded Detroit Synergy, a grassroots non-profit that empowers every day citizens to get involved in improving their city. Now, through Urban Oyster, David has found a way to combine all the things that he loves: cities, history, and sustainability and he can't wait to share it with you.
Alex, Tour Guide & Beer Expert
Alex is an American army brat who grew up in Germany. And European drinking ages being what they are, he developed a love for beer at an early age. While still dedicated to the German lagers of his hometown, he got to explore Europe’s great varieties of beers and ales from the Benelux to the British Isles. Here in the US he became an actor, and had the good fortune of being on tour in the late nineties just as the Craftbrew movement was taking off. He was introduced to great American brews from coast to coast and border to border. He moved to New York about fifteen years ago, and working as a bartender between acting gigs, he was immersed in the culture of food and drink that is such a great part of this city’s history. As a tour guide, he found an amazing opportunity to share this culture with others and see that history continue.
Why He Loves Being a Tour Guide: It combines 3 things he loves; history, beer, and performance.
Favorite Slice. Wheated in Ditmars Park, Brooklyn.
Special Skills. Plays the african thumb piano & makes a really good Glühwein (German mulled wine).
Brian, Tour Guide & Obsessive Foodie
Brian is a trained actor (and waiter by default) who in the 10 years he's lived in New York has developed a passion for the city, its culture, and its food. There's nothing he loves more than walking through the streets as the neighborhoods, people, and architecture change. And now as a tour guide, he hopes to help locals and visitors alike discover the unique and unexpected stories of these neighborhoods. In addition to giving tours, Brian has a food blog (Eat This NY) and web series where he searches for the most authentic and delicious food adventures in the city. He manages to take about one good road trip a year to see the country (and try regional cuisine) but is always eager to come back home to the city that has everything.
Why He Loves Being a Tour Guide: He loves meeting people from all over the world and getting to see New York through fresh eyes. It's always exciting to share their discoveries.
Special Skills: He can clap with one hand. You sort of have to see it to believe it...
What He Does on Days Off: He's constantly on the search for iconic NY food & drink experiences. Giving the walking tours is the only way he keeps from weighing 500lbs.