Meet Your Neighborhood Walking Tour Guides

Meet Your Neighborhood Walking Tour Guides

Every last Sunday of the month, starting March 25, you can become better acquainted with local history, sites and stories in a 90-minute walk compliments of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee. Four expert guides conduct these tours.

Robin Garr has lived in Murray Hill for over 25 years. A professional, licensed NYC tourist guide, Robin joined the P&D Committee as an historian and preservationist. An avid horsewoman, she came to Murray Hill for its centrality, residential character and the number of preserved equine stables which she always points out as part of her tour expertise.

Barbara Sagan has lived in Murray Hill for 28 years. For the past 22 years she has been a real estate broker with the Corcoran Group. She loves the historic architecture and the character of the neighborhood. Barbara currently serves as Treasurer of the MHNA and on the P&D Committee. She loves recounting the critical role Murray Hill played in the American Revolution as well as the stories of famous people who lived here.

Sami Seligman (not pictured) has lived in Murray Hill for 21 years. Sami's favorite sites on his tours are the De Lamar mansion, the Guatemala Mission, the Collectors Club and the Todd Lincoln House. A Holocaust survivor and motivational speaker, Sami speaks at schools, universities, organizations and media outlets. Honored with Proclamations from the State of New York and New Jersey, he is passionate about sharing a fresh perspective on hope, life and faith.

Paula Thomson has lived in Murray Hill for 40 years. A career graphic designer, her last position was with the American Kennel Club located at 260 Madison.. She later became a NYC tourist guide and worked on the double decker buses. She joined the P&D Committee and initiated these walking tours. In addition, she serves French-speaking tourists with Big Apple Greeters.

Our guides also owe a great debt to the invaluable Minor Bishop, a founding member of the MHNA and a professional architect, who worked and still lives in our neighborhood. He used to give tours during our annual street fairs. One of these tours is preserved on a DVD that is for sale by the MHNA. That DVD as well as the walking tour brochure are highly recommended to those who wish to know more about our historic neighborhood, and it is available for purchase on the MHNA website Catalog.

If you would like more information call 212-886-5867 or email

You can register for walking tours on, click Calendar.

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Photo: Left to right, Robin Garr, Barbara Sagan, Paula Thomson, statue of Jan Karski, the Polish Underground hero in front of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York