Founder & President
Cindy VandenBosch founded Turnstile Tours to create interactive and content-based experiences that foster engagement and interaction within and across communities in partnership with non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods of New York City. Cindy is passionate about offering experiences that are welcoming and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and she has long been interested in socially-responsible business, which led her to found Turnstile as a Benefit Corporation in 2012. Originally from Flushing, Michigan (a suburb of Flint), Cindy studied anthropology at the University of Michigan and conducted her thesis research in Siberia and the Russian Far East, studying traditional culture of local ethnic groups.
Since moving to New York more than a decade ago, Cindy has gained extensive experience in the museum field; for several years she managed tour implementation, quality, and accessibility at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum for over 100,000 visitors annually. She has also worked in a variety of capacities with the Brooklyn Historical Society, New-York Historical Society, the Museum at Eldridge Street, the New York Transit Museum, and many other cultural organizations. From 2012 to 2015, she served as co-chair of the Museum Access Consortium, an association dedicated to increasing accessibility at cultural institutions for people of all ages and abilities, and formerly taught K-8th graders who are blind or have low vision about the geography and history of New York City with City Access New York.
In 2008, Cindy also co-founded Urban Oyster with David Naczycz and co-managed that tour company for three years before starting Turnstile.