Broker-History Buff Leads Financial District Tour


Richard Warshauer
Richard Warshauer leads a group tour of Lower Manhattan. (Richard Warshauer)

Colliers International’s Richard Warshauer will partner with his friend from the Horace Mann School, attorney and historian James Kaplan, and the Museum of American Finance on the pair’s 27th annual Great Crashes walking history tour of Lower Manhattan tomorrow afternoon.

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The three-hour tour starts at the museum and traces the history of the financial industry in the neighborhood from Henry Hudson to John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and the Panic of 1907, up to the Great Crash of 1929, the stock market collapse of 1987 and the 9/11 tragedy through visits to the actual historical location of the events.

“It’s a happy confluence of my profession and my avocation,” said Mr. Warshauer, former journalist with the New York Daily News and a Kew Gardens, Queens native who has represented clients like Empire State College and the Salvation Army on leases and property acquisitions.

Mr. Warshauer, a senior managing director at Colliers, first became enamored with history when he read early New York literary giant Washington Irving‘s Knickerbocker’s History of New York and says his off-hours research on the city’s history and his guided lectures help him as a broker when he can cite episodes from the past near a site he’s visiting or showing.

“I call them nuggets,” he said. “You get all these nuggets to dispense.”

The $15 tickets are available on the museum’s website.