Meet Marie, tour guide on our Original Greenwich Village Tour. Take a trip with her down NYC memory lane and follow her lead for the perfect New York City day.

How did you get started with Foods of New York Tours?

I call it a “happy accident”; years ago my friend begged me to go to a party, and I did not like the person who was throwing it, but I said I would go for an hour. While I was at the party I met a woman named Zora, who worked part time for Foods of New York at the time. We struck up a conversation and each had a lot of stories about New York, both being long time New Yorkers, and she said “a friend of mine needs tour guides and I think you would be really good.” The rest is history. I used to live in the neighborhood so you could call it kismet.

What is your favorite NYC neighborhood?

That’s a hard one because after being here for about 30 years now, so many different areas represent different parts of my lifetime here, a lot of nostalgia, a lot of bittersweet memories too. But, I might say Little Italy, I have dear friends who live on the Lower East Side which is just a hop skip and a jump from there and another good friend of mine who lives on Mott Street. I am often at FiatCafé for breakfast and a lot of the locals from that neighborhood are there. Also one of my favorite movies is Pope of Greenwich Village and the closing shot is done right on Spring Street and that is the New York that I remember.

What’s one place that everyone, New Yorker and tourist alike, has to go to?

For me a perfect New York day is spent with my friend Ben visiting different art galleries. Sometimes we’re in Chelsea to see what the new artists are coming up with, and other days we pick a museum and a lot of the museums are near Central Park. Ben is a long time New Yorker like me and sometimes when you feel like “Ugh, I can’t take it anymore” you need to reconnect with what makes New York so amazing. One day we went to The Met and then to