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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 #54 of 523 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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Burke, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had no idea that anything in New York would be free until a friend shared information about Big Apple Greeters. We arranged for a tour of the city's High Line, the park above the city, and were delighted with all of the information gained. Our tour guide, Joan Lurie, shared details of the architecture we viewed from the HighLine,... More

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you want a local view and tour of New York with a resident who is generous, easy and fun to be with then you must try to book a Greeter. From being accepted for a greeter, communication was great and our greeter met us at our hotel. We went all over the city using the bus and subway (... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Had a lovely day with Phil. Learnt so must about NYC. He kindly met us at our accommodation. We walked the highline park, visiting art galleries on route. Stopped for a drink, before walking through Chelsea and Greenwich Village, stopping at a couple of lovely shops including a cheese shop. From there we had our first experience of the sub... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Hello Big Apple Greeter we only had 3days in New York but it was for us an unforgettable experience thanks to Big Apple Greeter, thanks Sy Lukin. he seen was not only the sights and gave us tips for New York, he brought us even in this short time the story and the history very close. at this point we... More

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London, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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