My name is John Semlak.  I am a 44-year-old tour guide living in the Big Apple now for 5 years.  I've lived in 4 countries in my life, including 15 years in Moscow Russia and have traveled 4 continents and 40+ countries so far.  I speak Russian and conduct tours in English and Russian.

My interests include of course New York City history, travel, table-top gaming, and Russian culture.  In addition to Explore New York, I have a general interest blog where I write about topical subjects that interest me.