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TGoTM: Jose Raudales!

It’s easy to pick Jose Raudales out of a crowd, and that’s not just because, at 6 foot 4 inches, he towers over his tour groups as he leads them throughout the city.  Ladies and gentlemen, Jose Miguel Raudales, currently an Honors Student at Baruch College with a 3.7 GPA. A real New York story, Jose fell in love twice – with the girl that would become his wife (and the mother to his first child, due August 20th!!) and fell in love with the city by becoming a full-time tour guide. Presenting our Tour Guide of the Month!

Full name please! – Jose Miguel Raudales.
 
Where did you grow up? – Guatemala City, Guatemala.
 
Where do you live now? – Brooklyn.
 
When did you move to NY and why? – 2011, I moved here because I married the most beautiful girl from Brooklyn.
 
Where would you live if money were no option? – Brooklyn Heights, because of the stunning architecture and the quiet leafy streets. 
 
Could you ever live anywhere else in the world? – I think I could live in Maui, but I don’t know, I love this city too much!
 
What don’t your tour groups know about you? – I’ve sung in venues with an audience of over 2000 people.
 
What’s your favorite neighborhood? – To explore, Jackson Heights. To walk, Brooklyn Heights.
 
Your favorite restaurant? – Cafe Tibet in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
 
Your favorite tour? – 8-hour Manhattan highlights. It’s enough time to show the whole city, and it’s a nice paycheck in my pocket at the end of the day. 
 
One piece of advice all NYC tour guides must know! – The day before the tour, check any weather, traffic, street closures, transit, and events updates in the city. 
About Matt Levy

Matt is a born n bred Brooklynite, a fourth generation NYer, a native to Ditmas Park, a proud homeowner in Bushwick, a tour guide and small business owner and a father to a rambunctious toddler named Lila. He loves giving private tours of NYC to visitors from home and beyond.

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