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Big Apple Greeter

1 Centre Street, New York City, NY 10007 (Financial District)
212-669-8159
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Ranked #61 of 521 Activities in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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El Paso, Texas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Does anyone know the trick to get greeter? I have tried several times and all I get is an email saying no one is available. Do you have to donate first? I have every intention of making a big donation once I'm assigned a greeter but don't want to donate in advance. Is that the trick?

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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

As a travel counselor I have had alot of clients want the real NYC experience... this is one way to personalize your experience... must contact at least one month in advance. Friendly, incredible contact in New York City... made our vacation!

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Darwin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My family and I had a Big Apple Greeter today and it was fantastic. Not only did we meet a local who took us to some iconic sites but he personalised the tour to suit our family and taught us to use public transport too. Our kids were all smiles when we visited Dylan's Candy Store and FAO Schwarz Toy... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were met in Times Square by Al, our Big Apple Greeter. He took us to many places we had read about but not intended to visit, and geez we were glad he did. His knowledge was incredible and he adjusted our tour to accommodate the needs of our children. He took us to a chinese restaurant in Chinatown which... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We spent a leisurely afternoon wandering through Central Park recently with our guide from Big Apple Greeters. It felt like a day with family, and was a thorough tour filled with history and interesting stories. Our guide is a lifelong New Yorker, loves the City and loves New York. I was inspired to research Olmstead and his other projects (hint:... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We were lucky enough to get Sam, a greeter with an insane amount of NYC historical and neighbourhood knowledge. He could take us down any rabbit hole of history - extremely personalised.

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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were lucky enough to go to Coney Island with our Big Apple Greeter Dan. He introduced us to the subway and made our journey easy while giving us an interesting description of the districts we were travelling through. This continued when we arrived at our destination and learnt all about Coney Island and its history, walked the Boardwalk, experienced... More

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had the most wonderful introduction to New York City thanks to our Big Apple Greeter. We visited places we would never have thought of, his knowledge of the history of NYC was broad and interesting. He gave us tips on where to go and what to do once we were on our own. We would definitely recommend Big Apple... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I had a wonderful introduction to New York. Fortunately my greeter - Megan Cogswell- met me on my first full day in NY. Megan is a vibrant, intelligent and committed New Yorker. She walked me to a standstill pointing out some outstanding features of the wonderful city of Ny. My four hour experience with Megan set me up for a... More

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We had the pleasure to get a greeter and it was amazing. The get to know the city from the inside with all the small details to the old history. They are very kind and took the best care of us. You get so much more out of the trip. And don’t even try to compare this with and regular... More

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