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, backgrounds, 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 2017 and 2018, Turnstile Tours was honored by B Lab as “Best for the World Overall,” for scoring in the top 10% of Certified B Corporations in the world, as well as “Best for Community” and “Best in Governance”.

Turnstile Tours include the Brooklyn Navy YardBrooklyn Army TerminalProspect ParkEssex Market, tours of Food Carts and Food Trucks, and custom-made tours, all of which are offered in partnership with select non-profit organizations. At least 5% of all of our ticket sales goes towards supporting the work of select nonprofit organization that help 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.

Our Team

All Turnstile Tours staff are licensed New York City Sightseeing Guides and have a diverse range of experience and expertise, from historical research to museum studies, sustainable architecture to street food. All of our team members also participates in ongoing research and tour development.

Cindy VandenBosch

Cindy VandenBosch

President & Founder

Cindy VandenBosch founded Turnstile Tours & Studio 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 models, which led her to found Turnstile as a Benefit Corporation in 2012.

Andrew Gustafson wearing a blue baseball cap and an orange life jacket on a boat in front of the Statue of Liberty

Andrew Gustafson

Vice President

Andrew loves sharing how the city works, especially its waterfront, industry, and infrastructure. In addition to developing and leading tours, he consults with cultural institutions on operations, interpretation, and accessibility, and he oversees knowledge management for Turnstile, maintaining the archive, library, and oral history collection. Much of Andrew’s work focuses on the past and present of New York’s waterfront, and he is an avid shipspotter, birdwatcher, and paddler. Andrew is a member of the New York Council Navy League, American Institute of Architects (Allied Member), and the US Naval Institute, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Street Vendor Project and the Sunset Park Task Force.

Doug Chapman

Doug Chapman

Head of Sustainability Programming

Doug’s diverse talents include being a working actor and an ecological design consultant, experience he gets to blend together at Turnstile Tours. He loves exploring the history and ecology of Prospect Park, he led development of both the Urban Ecology and Sustainable Architecture and Industry tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and he helps Turnstile to incorporate sustainability- and environmentally-focused content into all of our programs and operations.

Brian Hoffman

Brian Hoffman

Food Tour Educator

Brian Hoffman is a food blogger, actor, waiter, and lover of New York. Originally from South Florida, but born to a family of New York expats, he always dreamed of being a starving artist in the big city. After studying theater at Carnegie Mellon University and moving to New York City in 2001, he realized the starving part wouldn’t cut it. So in order to never go hungry again, he founded Eat This NY, a food blog where he searches for the best of New York’s most iconic foods, and a web series of the same name that documents those searches alongside a comedic storyline.

Amanda Adler Brennan

Amanda Adler Brennan

Food Tours Manager and Special Projects Associate

A native New Yorker, Amanda is delighted to bring her passion for storytelling, and for the city’s history and culture to visitors through Turnstile’s tours and programs. She especially enjoys working with the street vending community, exploring the sights and flavors of neighborhoods such as Midtown and Jackson Heights. Most recently, Amanda has joined the team in hosting school programs in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Amanda has a background in museum education and visitor services, having worked previously for the Museum of Modern Art, Tenement Museum, HistoryMiami, and as the host of How to Be American, the Tenement Museum’s podcast that explores multiculturalism and American identity through the stories immigrants, migrants and refugees.

Carinn Candelaria

Carinn Candelaria

Education Programs Manager and Tour Guide

Carinn, a Californian, has interpreted history from coast to coast. Since earning her B.A. at Vassar College, Carinn has immersed herself in NYC through her work with iconic institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Radio City Music Hall. At Turnstile Tours, she has developed curricula for and led summer camp partnership programs in Prospect Park and leads public tours of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She is thrilled to share her teeming curiosity for New York with visitors and locals alike.

Miriam Bader

Miriam Bader

Learning Designer

Miriam Bader is a learning designer with expertise in creating dynamic programs, systems, and training that facilitate personal, professional, and organizational development. She has supported diverse NGOs and cultural organizations to develop their leadership capacity. Her experience spans work at JDC, the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, to the National Park Service, Tenement Museum, Singapore Tourism Board, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among others. Miriam also sits on the Board of the Jewish Foundation of the Education of Women (JFEW) where she merges her commitment to equity and education to help women of all backgrounds achieve economic mobility through a college support system. She received her Master’s degree in Museum Education at Bank Street College, a Certificate in Leadership & Public Service at NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and from the Institute in Jewish Art at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Nick Golebiewski

Tour Guide

Nick, originally from Buffalo, has lived in New York City longer than anywhere else in the world, moving there after getting an art degree in his hometown. He is an artist, avid bicyclist (even in the snow), fan of hiking in the Adirondacks, and a tour guide – covering all the bases of New York State. He’s inspired by the people and places in NYC that make it quintessentially unique, which he explores in his watercolor paintings of neighborhoods such as Chinatown, and the East Village, and in his drawing-a-day project which hasn’t missed a day in over a decade! Nick’s art studio is in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which gives him some keen insights for his tours there. After making a series of paintings of street vendors’ food carts and trucks in NYC, he made the leap to join the team at Turnstile Tours to lead Food Cart Tours.

In addition to developing and offering toursTurnstile 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 info@turnstiletours.com or by phone at (347) 903-8687.