Barry Lewis was born and raised in New York City and educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the New School for Social Research in New York, and the Sorbonne in Paris. For the past 25 years, he has lectured for institutions as diverse as the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Bard Graduate Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Harvard School of Planning. Lewis has written on Midtown and Fifth Avenue in the guide book NEW YORK WALKS, and was one of the most sought-after tour guides for the 92nd Street Y's popular walking tour series. His sections on New York City Architecture and the Borough of Queens appear in the current BERLITZ GUIDE TO NEW YORK.

Currently, Barry Lewis teaches architectural and interior design history at The New York School of Interior Design and conducts a course for the public, "The City Transformed" -- the history of New York City's architecture and urban planning -- for Cooper Union Forum. His book on the history of his home neighborhood, Kew Gardens, was released in the spring of 1999.

A WALK AROUND BROOKLYN (PART 1) WITH DAVID HARTMAN AND HISTORIAN BARRY LEWIS is the host's and guide's fourth collaboration with public television station Thirteen/WNET New York. A WALK DOWN 42ND STREET, a first-of-its-kind "video walking tour," premiered in August, 1998 and was an instant success that left viewers demanding more. In response, Thirteen created A WALK UP BROADWAY (March, 1999) and A WALK THROUGH HARLEM (December, 1999), giving rise to one of the most popular series ever produced by the station.

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