Timothy “Speed” Levitch can be called a mad man. He’s also affectionate, cynical, intelligent, depressed and humorous. Most people are freaked out by him. Others see him as the wacky philosopher. Above anything else, Timothy LOVES New York City with all his heart and soul.

He expresses this more eloquently in the 1998 documentary The Cruise, which followed him on his daily job as a NYC tour guide. This is one of the reasons I have a profound connection with New York myself. Guys like him are all around… ready to make you laugh, or piss you off. He’s a wild card. But he’s so damn entertaining… a complete character all his own carved out by the city.

This year, 12 years after the documentary, and 9 years after 9/11, I’m posting Timothy’s ruminations as he tours the downtown area one year after the demise of the Towers. In these videos, Timothy chats on the carcass of the buildings, the tourism, and George Washington’s intimacy issues. He also mentions the inexhaustible possibilities of this overwhelming town.

To quote Timothy, “In my own study of New York City I would say that I get more lost… and being lost is a really beautiful feeling in this city, because to be lost in this big city is to actually be quite precise about your place in the universe.”

If you haven’t seen the 1998 documentary, The Cruise, go to Netflix and drop it in your queue right now.