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John Minniti was certified as a New York City tour guide, but he never gave a bunch of strangers a tour of the city he adored. He saved that for the people he loved.
Born in Newark and raised in Orange, Minniti made New York City his playground.
On weekends he would blaze a trail through the city grid to soak in the sights, sounds and flavors of New York’s museums, parks and restaurants, said his wife, Diane Minniti. A stroll through the city with friends and family was his greatest joy, she said.