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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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THE Biggest Bargain in New York

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Loraine H
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Nanyang, China
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Nanyang, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We met with Marian before engaging on our very informative trip. Marian educated us on how to navigate Manhattan by foot, bus and subway. All of the information imparted impacted the rest of our vacation in a very positive way. A big thanks to Big Apple Greeter and particularly Marian. A real spark.

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Piacenza
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We met Suzanne G. and we were contacted right before our arrival in NYC. We decided to visit Brooklyn, and eventually our greeter showed us around mainly in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights. She gave us a awful lot of advice, telling us where to (and where not to), so we managed to have some unusual views on the wonderful city,... More 

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Turin, Italy
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33 reviews 33 reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

First visit to New York with my sister and my mother. We had the pleasure of the company of our greeter Anthony Reyes that made our visit a special one. We were met at 10 in our hotel lobby, and we had a wonderful day. Just had an excellent walk and talk around Brox with him . It was so... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

We've spent a 100 Dollars but haven't met a greeter. We haven't got any excuse, no information about an alternative date, just nothing. A waste of money. Yery disappointing.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My tour guide Salvator was really good, he showed us the insides of Down Town. Really impressed by this initiative, would be great it this took off in the rest of the world.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It turned out to be one of the most beautiful experiences! The greeter was fantastic. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to visit New York with somebody from the city. We learned history, art and architecture. A HIGHLY RECOMMENDBLE EXPERIENCE. Resulto una de las mejores experiencias. La greeter fue fantástica. realmente disfrutamos mucho visitar New York con alguien de la... More 

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Guthrie, Oklahoma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I read about this service in a travel guide and I thought it sounded fun. I contacted Big Apple about a month before our trip. Then I contacted our greeter when we arrived. We made plans to meet and he took us on a great, relaxed walk through the Upper West Side. I recommend you allow at least 1/2 day.... More 

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Fernie, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Big Apple Greeters are a must if you come to NY. Had a wander around Brooklyn and grabbed a pizza at the famous John s Pizzeria on Bleeker St with Jerry. What a fantastic service and a great individual. He really knows his history and has loads of local knowledge being a brooklyn local. I learnt loads and always had... More 

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Bristol
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I was recommended this brilliant attraction by a friend. I applied to meet a greeter about 3 weeks before our visit. We have previously visited NYC and wanted to see something different. I was lucky enough to be allocated a greeter and we met our greeter as planned at our Hotel. Our greeter was Bob Posch and he was fantastic.... More 

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