Eric Gordon, founder of Beyond Times Square, literally grew up in the travel industry. Prior to starting Beyond Times Square, Eric served as President of Park East, one of the leading companies in wildlife viewing safaris to Africa.
Eric’s father, Harold Gordon, launched Park East and was considered a pioneer in introducing the African safari to the American traveler.
Eric began working in the family business in New York City in 1988 and took on roles of increasing importance. He oversaw the company’s expansion into a broad range of nature destinations, including South and Central America and Antarctica. During that time, the company created travel programs for some of the most prestigious zoological societies, museums, and educational institutions. In 1997, Eric purchased Park East from his father. To take Park East to the next level, Eric sold the business in 2000 and continued as President.
While Eric has traveled extensively (his first safari to Africa was at age 2), he was always fascinated with something closer to home: New York City. After transitioning Park East to its new owner, Eric created Beyond Times Square. He explains, “New York City is the most interesting place in the world. I’ve always lived and worked in and around the city. I want to share it with other people, but I want to go beyond the typical tourist spots. I want to show people the real New York, the neighborhoods where New Yorkers live, work, and play.” Eric’s thinking led to the idea for Beyond Times Square.
Eric invites you to discover the real New York. He and the professional staff at Beyond Times Square know the ins and outs of the city and look forward to sharing it with you. Eric lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Catherine.
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Most Recent Trip: Shelter Island
Favorite Trip Experience: Glacier hiking in Iceland
Next trip: Oregon
Dream Destination: Tahiti
What you never travel without: Bose Bluetooth speaker
Top 5 things to do in NYC:
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
- Bike the West Side coastline of Manhattan
- Get a slice of pizza from Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street
- Walk Bedford Street and Commerce Street in the West Village and think you are walking through history.
- People watch. A great place to do it is on the subway. Don't be rude though.
Favorite NYC Neighborhood: West Village
Favorite attraction/landmark/building: Chrysler Building
Favorite Hidden Gem: Sala 19 in the Flatiron District
Favorite food/restaurant: the main dining room at the Modern in Manhattan and Speedy Romeo in Brooklyn.
Best thing to do in NYC on a rainy day: Sit in the lounge on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, look out the window onto Central Park and sip Champagne or have a beer. Or spend the day eating your way through Chelsea Market.
Best thing to do in NYC on a snowy day: Walk the Mall in Central Park
Tip for people travelling to NYC for the first time: When you take the subway, do not stop at the top of the top of the stairs. There are people coming up the stairs behind you. Step to the side when you exit the station so you do not block the stairwell.
Do not leave New York without...: seeing the exceptional musicians that perform in subway stations. Union Square L train platform is one of the best.
Something people don’t know about NYC: the creation of Battery Park City along the Hudson River was created with 1.2 million cubic yards of earth and rock excavated for the original World Trade Center as its foundation.
Favorite Travel Quote: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley