For 150 years, Washington Square has been home to many of the political, creative, and intellectual movements in city history. Its amazing female population accounts for much of that vitality. It has seen an unparalleled variety of women—working class, gentry, radical, literary, academic, theatrical, convict, and immigrant—including such renowned individuals as Mae West, Edith Wharton, Emma Goldman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
Joyce Gold has been giving walking tours in New York for 30 years. She is one of Manhattan’s longest serving independent full-time tour guides.
Joyce received a B.A. in English literature from Queens College and an M.A. in Metropolitan Studies at New York University.
Her goal is to expand people’s understanding of how the city’s past is part of the present.