Turnstile’s mission is to advance public knowledge about the meaning of place, foster connections and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds, and inspire and reflect a culture of community participation through providing welcoming, well-researched, inclusive, and engaging experiences and resources to people of all ages and abilities. The company itself achieves its mission through Turnstile Tours, the foundation of the company that operates ongoing public tour programming and research efforts in partnership with select nonprofit organizations, and Turnstile Studio, a consulting practice that supports cultural and government organizations in place-making efforts, visitor engagement, and in the development of tours, programs, and exhibits.
As a New York State-registered benefit corporation, we are legally required to annually review our social and environmental impact measured against our mission, as well as third party standards, and post our findings on our website. In 2015, Turnstile Tours was honored by B Lab as “Best for Community,” for scoring in the top 10% of Certified B Corporations in the world in the area of community impact.
Turnstile Tours include the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn’s Avenue of Puerto Rico and the Moore Street Public Market, Essex Street Market, and of Manhattan’s Food Carts and Food Trucks, and custom-made tours, all of which are offered in partnership with non-profit organizations. At least 5% of all of our ticket sales goes towards supporting their work to keep neighborhoods vital and thriving. All of our staff members are engaged behind-the-scenes in ongoing research, archival and field-based, to ensure that the tours we offer are relevant, dynamic, entertaining, and thoughtful.
In addition to developing and offering tours, Turnstile Studio offers technical assistance and consulting services to clients that include cultural and government organizations in their efforts to more effectively engage the public through place-making and/or site specific projects, exhibitions, tours, and programs. Our core competencies include storytelling techniques, research and content production, visitor engagement and visitor services, accessibility for visitors with disabilities, cartography and graphic design, and tour and program development and evaluation.
We are so very grateful to the many people and institutions that have made our work possible.
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com or by phone at (347) 903-8687.