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Big Apple Greeter

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Address: 1 Centre Street, New York City, NY 10007
Phone Number: 212-669-8159
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Description: Since 1992, Big Apple Greeter has been pairing visitors with New York City...
Since 1992, Big Apple Greeter has been pairing visitors with New York City volunteer Greeters who explore the city together, free of charge, on foot or by public transportation. Warm and welcoming, a Greeter meets up to six people and shares his/her personal knowledge of New York City's culture, people and diverse neighborhoods. A Greeter is not a professional tour guide. Instead, a Greeter is a new friend who is ready to spend two-to-four hours sharing the city he/she knows and loves.
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Aracy met us in our hotel reception and gave us a short introduction to New York. She then took us on the subway, having organised our metrocards first. She showed us around some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Cheshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Aracy met us in our hotel reception and gave us a short introduction to New York. She then took us on the subway, having organised our metrocards first. She showed us around some iconic landmarks, Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Centre, 5th Avenue and finally Central Park. She told us such interesting facts and pointed out things we would... More 

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Hampshire
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We met Bill in our hotel lobby & had the best time, spending most of the day together. The scheme matches your interests so we found it easy to get along. Our choice was Greenwich Village. We took the subway there & then walked 22000 steps taking in The Meatpacking District, Soho, Little Italy (where we stopped for gelato of... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We were pleased to be offered a Big Apple Greeter and corresponded with our guide before our arrival in NYC, giving us the opportunity to customise our visit. Our great day spent with Harriet was one of the highlights of our holiday. She was friendly and full of information about the city. The time just flew by. Although this was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had the pleasure of spending the day with Richard Drezen on the 26th April. We met him at our hotel, he took us to Brooklyn on the subway and showed us around. We saw loads of things that I am sure we would have missed having our heads stuck in a guide book. He was friendly with a great... More 

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devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Our first visit to New York . Marilyn Waill , our greeter met us at our hotel. Excellent pre trip communications , we left the content of the tour entirely up to Marlyn . We feel very privileged to be shown the city by a local New Yorker. Highly recommended if you want to see things other than just the... More 

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Stirling
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It seemed to good to be true and sounded absolutely what we wanted on our first trip to New York. When you go on to the site you are asked to make a donation for this "free Service" which I did. $50 was given through PayPal only to get a "sorry we can't accommodate you on dates requested reply. I... More 

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BigAppleGreeterDM, Guest Relations Manager at Big Apple Greeter, responded to this review

Big Apple Greeter is a small, nonprofit organization that has been in operation since 1992. We were the first greeter program of this kind, and there are now 100 greeter programs around the world, all based on the Big Apple Greeter model. These programs form the Global Greeter Network. Donations to Big Apple Greeter are voluntary and support the organization.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

It Was our first time in NYC for me and my wife. Our greeter Joel Weiner pick us at the hôtel. He take us for the best tour of the " real New York". We learned a lot about NYC and had a lot of fun. We strongly recommend this Organization. Karene and Laurent

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Heilbronn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It was the first time in N.Y.C., so I ask for a Greeter several weeks before starting, knowing that it's nötig sure to get one. Suddenly I got the Message from Big Apple Greeter they have found someone. It was Rosemary who wrote me via e-Mail. She introduces herself and ask me if I had special needs or wishes. When... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Gregory met us at our hotel and gave us the most superb "real New York" tour in the next 11 hours! He took us to places we would never have thought of going, and his knowledge of and enthusiasm for his beloved city was remarkable. It enabled us to tick several things off the list in one day, provided us... More 

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Nanyang, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The best things in life are free, right? Book a visit with a Big Apple Greeter and you'll enjoy a truly memorable day--free of charge. Big Apple Greeters are all typical New Yorkers who know and love their city and will be happy to share it with you. Your Greeter will show you what most tourists never see--how the locals... More 

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