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Big Apple Greeter

1 Centre Street, New York City, NY 10007 (Financial District)
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Ranked #54 of 799 Activities in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We where met by Craig Dixon in our hotel lobby, He took us all around Central Park up to the Rockefeller Centre and Grand Central Station. Every step of the way was filled with facts and stories. I cannot recommend this service enough and Craig what a gent. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him. If you are visiting New... More

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Wollongong, NSW, AUSTRALIA
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We had Paul show us his Brooklyn on the 30th of October. He met us at our hotel, showed us the subway and then led us around Brooklyn for a few hours. Such knowledge and it was great seeing another side of New York. It was interesting to see the houses and Paul's knowledge of the area was just great.... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Had a brilliant day with Roberta Weiss, our greeter on 27th October. She took us on a very informative trip round the Meatpacking District, along the High Line Park, and then for Dim Sum in China Town followed by ice cream in Little Italy! It was a perfect way to spend our first day in NYC! Would definitely recommend the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Today my husband and I have had the honour to visit Harlem and The Bronx with Ed, an excellent, polite, cult and admirable person. It's been a fantastic visit. Something to repeat and to recommend.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Have used Big Apple Greeter twice and I highly recommend it. I have been to New York before but my friend had not. She found that our tour of the Lower East Side was the highlight of our trip, and so did I. Our guide, Arthur, really knew the area and was friendly, good humoured and obviously enjoyed his volunteer... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Our Greeter, Clyde, took us to places we never would have thought of, and showed us parts of Brooklyn that proved fascinating. Greeters are a wonderful way to feel comfortable in NYC ( we went on the MTA with Clyde) and sought his advice on how much could be accomplished in 4 days. Free of charge however you can give... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I was so lucky to get Ross as my Big Apple Greeter to show me and tell me about the history of his Brooklyn neighbourhood. It was possibly the best part of my first trip to New York, within a short time I felt like I was spending time with a friend who was welcoming me to his city. Thank... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Me and my mother applied to get a Big Apple Greater well in time before our trip. A few weeks a head we had the great news that Gordon Suber had chosen to be our guide. We met Godron mid morning and he told us how to get around the city using busses and the train ( locals don´t say... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Upon confirmation by e-mail by by the Big Apple greeters that they would try to find us a Brooklyn tour guide, we met Chaffin on 27 Sept. He took us around streets and places in Brooklyn we would never have detected on our own. His knowledge and the humorous way in which he related to us the many faces of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were in New York for four days and lucky to get a Big Apple Greeter at the first day of our visit. Our greeter was Joel Weiner who let us see New York through his eyes. Joel picked us up at our hotel at 10 a.m. and showed us us some of the famous sights but also hidden and... More

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