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 12 years - mostly on Manhattan Island and Brooklyn.
Jimmy is a huge admirer of Alexander Hamilton, America's first Treasury Secretary and 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.
He is also a frequent lecturer at Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington's former headquarters in Harlem, where he has spoken about Washington's spy network, aides and generals, among other topics.
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 10 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. "It's given me the greatest opportunity a person can have: to do what I love for a living."
Today Jimmy lives downtown in Gramercy with his wife Janet and their cat Pookahey.