Big Apple Fanatics Tours launched in 1999 by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick. He turned his passion for New York City history into a series of walking tours and books.
Kevin served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1984-1989. He was honorably discharged after serving on the east and west coasts as a writer and photographer for USMC public affairs offices. Kevin is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University with a BA in mass communications. He started his career in newspapers in Missouri, and this led him to New York. He has worked for numerous major media companies in the city.
He has written and edited seven books:
- A Journey Into Dorothy Parker’s New York (2005)
- The Lost Algonquin Round Table (2009) co-editor with Nat Benchley
- Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide (2013)
- Dorothy Parker Complete Broadway, 1918-1923 (2014) editor
- The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide (2015)
- The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide (2016)
- World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War (2017)
Since 1999 Kevin has been leading walking tours of New York. He is a licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide. He conducts public and private walks throughout the year. Among them are:
- Secrets of Governors Island (Governors Island, New York Harbor)
- The Algonquin Round Table’s New York (midtown and Theatre District)
- Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side
- World War One New York (Manhattan, Central Park)
- Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
- 9/11 Memorial History, Ground Zero, Spiritual Tour (Manhattan)
- Cypress Hills National Cemetery (Brooklyn)
- Babe Ruth Slept Here (Upper West Side)
In 1999 Kevin and some friends started the Dorothy Parker Society at the Algonquin Hotel, as a literary and social society. Since then the organization has grown to more than 5,000 members around the world. Kevin also created, researches, and writes the “Kensico Vaudeville Project,” to document the members of the National Vaudeville Association interred in Westchester County.
For his work on his books and projects, he’s been reviewed in the Times, USA Today, National Geographic Traveller, the LA Times, Vogue online, and many others. He’s been a guest on BBC Radio and NPR.
Kevin is a member of the Guides Association of New York City, The Lambs, the World War One Centennial Committee for New York City, the Empire State Center for the Book, the East Coast Doughboys, and the Genealogy Society of America. He frequently speaks about New York history at public and private events. Among the venues have been the New-York Historical Society, New York Public Library, National Arts Club, Union League Club, The Lambs, and Princeton Club.
Kevin has been working in New York media since 1991, in newspapers, television, agencies, and publishing. As a project manager and producer some of the places he has worked on staff have been MTV, Nickelodeon, The New York Times, Major League Baseball, HarperCollins, and the Associated Press.
Big Apple Fanatics Tours welcomes anyone with a passion for history and literature to take a tour of New York with Kevin Fitzpatrick.
His author site is fitzpatrickauthor.com.