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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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Big Apple Greeter is so much more than just the tour!

I have to start by saying that Bonnie Yarry is a national treasure! My family & I had scheduled a trip to the Big Apple as part of a holiday to the USA. When my wife & I got... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have to start by saying that Bonnie Yarry is a national treasure! My family & I had scheduled a trip to the Big Apple as part of a holiday to the USA. When my wife & I got married in 1993, we came over, but never made it to NYC. So this time, accompanied by our 13, 10 &... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great day out with our Greeter, Arthur Zuckerman. We had a walk through Manhattan, being shown places that we perhaps would ordinarily have not noticed or passed by. Arthur provided additional local information about places and sights. A great way to get to see NYC.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Tom met us on time at our hotel and off we went with him explaining and telling us about the areas we were walking through. We walked along the Highline, around the Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District and along Hudson River Park. We were shown places along the way that we would never have seen, it was a great introduction... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My husband and I returned to NYC to get married at the end of June. Our witness was Greeter Joseph Briller whom I'd met 5 years previously when he gave me and my daughter a wonderful guide around Brooklyn and out to Coney Island for her 21st. This time Joseph and his lovely wife Joan came to our wedding at... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I booked with BAG months before our trip. I received an email with how the process works. Also received another email 2 weeks before the trip! Yay! We dedicated a 6 hour time slot for the event. For two days before the scheduled tour, I was fervently checking my phone, messages and email and calling my hotel about any messages.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We are lucky to have a greeter ( I heard that not everybody is lucky to get one). Our greeter was Mr Donald Rogers. A very-very nice man and very knowldgeable as he lived in New York for more than 40 years already! It was great to have a local newyorker to show us around. We miss New York and... More 

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Palmwoods, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We were very thankful that we were assigned Amy as our greeter, who was mindful of my restricted capacity to walk long distances in one stretch; the legacy of a long sporting career. Amy met us at our hotel & we then proceeded to discussed what we would like to do/see before setting off. Once this was decided, we bought... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Last week my husband and I were in New York and were fortunate enough to snag a Greeter Tour. We met Richard and his friend Ethan at our hotel and we were off. We started up fifth Ave, with expanations on the way. Stopped in at Tiffany's to see the huge diamond and looked in the windows at the expensive... More 

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leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I had requested a New York greeter before I went to NY and was paired up with a lady called Ann, from the moment she came to the hotel to meet me to when we parted, I found her so informative and good company. She took me around Central park as I had requested that I would love to see... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

My husband is a Big Apple Greeter. He has had wonderful experiences with people who have used this service. It is a great way to get oriented to the city. It is a free voluntary service. If you like it and enjoy your experience you are then invited to make a voluntary donation to keep the organization afloat. Those that... More 

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Address: 1 Centre Street, New York City, NY 10007
Phone Number: 212-669-8159
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan

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