Jimmy Napoli is an animated lecturer, tour leader, and historian who has been leading private and group tours by bus and by foot for the past 15 years - mostly on Manhattan Island and Brooklyn.
Jimmy is a huge admirer of Alexander Hamilton, America's first Treasury Secretary, architect of Wall Street and the First Bank of the United States. In 2007, Jimmy appeared in the PBS documentary "The American Experience: Alexander Hamilton," written and directed by Middlemarch Films.
Jimmy was published in 2012 in a re-edition of the classic biography George Washington: the Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner, writing the additional essays and providing historical consultation on this Sterling Publishing signature edition.
He is also a frequent lecturer at Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington's former headquarters in Harlem, where he speaks about Washington's spy network, aides and generals, among other topics.
Currently, Jimmy is writing a book on 1790, and the second session of the United States Congress.
Born on Manhattan, Jimmy grew up in the turbulent 1970's in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens. He has lived in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and for the last 15 years or so has been a resident of Manhattan Island.
"I love sharing my passion for the history of New York and the ideals of our founding fathers with visitors and locals alike," says Jimmy. "Those ideals are still very much alive today, and will forever be engraved on our city streets."
Today Jimmy lives downtown in Gramercy Park with his wife Janet and their cat Pooka.