About Us

Since 2001, we’ve been successfully staging interactive scavenger hunt events that bring out the best in people’s resourcefulness, creativity and strategic thinking – all while having fun!

New York City is a treasure-trove of history, culture, art, food and people. Let us help your group, company or organization discover it! We’ll create an adventure just for you, full of interesting secrets and fun facts about New York City, in a competitive team-building environment that you’re sure to always remember.

Who are we?

Jared Nissim, Director
Jared has been organizing social events and activities since he founded The Lunch Club in 2001 and then Meet The Neighbors in 2004. His endeavors have been featured in many major media outlets, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Newsweek Magazine, Time Magazine and NBC News.

In the 20 years since he began, Jared has developed a keen talent for organizing successful events that foster strong connections between people. Secret City takes the best team-building activities of Jared’s career and offers them to all groups & companies looking for fun, adventurous experiences.

Event Hosts:

Abby Goldfarb
Abby joined Secret City in 2017 and is a regular team member on our adventures. She’s also an actress involved in multiple theatre projects.

Krista Cousins
As a licensed tour guide, Krista has spent the past three years educating tourists about New York City and all of the wonders it has to offer.

Liarra Bartlett
Originally from Denver, Liarra made New York her home several years ago. She is an actor, involved with various theatre companies around NYC and is ASL-proficient.

Andres Quintero
Andres Quintero is originally from Caracas, Venezuela but for the last 12 years NYC has been his home. He is professional actor, fitness instructor and NYC enthusiast.

Nick Martinez
Nick is from sunny Florida but has called the Big Apple his home for 4 years now. He’s an actor in the city with a love for spotting French Bulldogs on the street.

Julie Becker
Julie is a theatre artist who also runs a children’s entertainment company. She doesn’t see why adults can’t have just as much fun!

Michele McNally 
Michele is an actor, producer and cat mom. A Queens native, she has family in every borough and, of course, Florida.

Wonu Ogunfowora
Wonu is proud first generation Nigerian American performing artist from the North Jersey/ NYC Metro area. She is continually inspired by her rich culture, her childhood and the ever changing world around her.

Laura Cornachio
Laura is an actor, producer, teaching artist and trivia host. She is a native New Yorker who loves a good challenge and a fun adventure!

Leigh Paris
Leigh has been working with Secret City since 2014 and hosts many of our hunts. A native New Yorker, Leigh knows the city quite well and always brings his knowledge to the hunt!

Elizabeth Magnani
Elizabeth has been working with Secret City since 2012, hosting scavenger hunts and tallying results.

Paola Gutiérrez
Originally from San Diego, Paola moved to NYC in 2011. She’s a self-proclaimed history buff and loves a good adventure in the city! 

Marysia Schultz
Marysia joined Secret City in 2016 and has quickly become a part of our core team. In addition to hosting scavenger hunts, Marysia is a skilled artist whose work is featured in many collections.