Walking the Brooklyn Bridge
City Within A City
Robert Bell is a PhD student in the department of History at New York University, wherein he has cultivated a refined interest in themes of historical urban change and cultural development and is highly attuned to the curious, idiosyncratic local histories of New York City. As a docent, Robert engages tour participants with the monumental history of New York’s urban spaces, while also sharing the history of quotidian, daily realities and lives that form the city’s particular charm and character. Robert was born in San Francisco, raised in Canada, and has lived in Brooklyn for the past nine years.
Mandy's passion for the environment, its health and history, and how humans interact with it, stems from her childhood spending time at Mammoth Cave National Park. She went on to study Anthropology, Archaeology, Geosciences, and Urban Restoration at the University of Cincinnati and New Jersey City University. After graduation she began seasonal work at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island NM as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service for two consecutive seasons where she conducted extensive historical research and gave tours daily. This led to working for the non-profit Save Ellis Island giving and developing public tours for the abandoned hospital complex on Ellis Island. Most recently she spent the 2016 season as a Park Ranger at Governors Island National Monument and will be there again in the coming 2017 season. She has spent countless hours volunteering with Liberty State Park, NY/NJ Baykeeper, and the National Park Service. Focusing most of her attention on New York Harbor. She is currently a member on the board of directors of The Friends of Liberty State Park, and volunteer with Breezy Point Historical Society.
David is a life-long New Yorker with a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Columbia University and a M.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies from the George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution. His academic specialities lie in indigenous and non-Western art, but he also has a deep fascination with and knowledge of the history of New York City, peppered with all the fun facts of a local. David has worked as an educator in both schools and museums and has published internationally about museum pedagogy. When not exploring museums, he enjoys a good book, skiing, and walking around his Brooklyn neighborhood.
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