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Big Apple Greeter

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Address: 1 Centre St, New York City, NY 10007-1602
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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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On tour with Joel

Our citytrip to NYC started with a day in company with Joel. We spent the day crossing east and west, north and south of Manhattan and a part of Brooklyn. Joel took us to places... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Zulte, Belgium
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Zulte, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our citytrip to NYC started with a day in company with Joel. We spent the day crossing east and west, north and south of Manhattan and a part of Brooklyn. Joel took us to places we never would visit if we were alone (Colombia University, Children's Park, Dumbo, ...). Joel gave us a perfect mixture of history, architecture, lifestyle, culture... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great experience exploring NYC with Big Apple Greeter Jerry. I have visited NYC on numerous occasions, but on this tour I had the chance to see the Big Apple with new eyes. My wish was to see different parts of Harlem I hadn’t seen before. As I was staying in Midtown Manhattan where Jerry picked me up,... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big Apple Greeter is such a great idea. We were staying in Brooklyn, so Gene met us outside a nearby subway. We walked through Brooklyn Heights, then across the Brooklyn Bridge. Seeing Manhattan for the first time was wonderful. Gene took us to various places in Manhattan like the Stock Exchange,he was invaluable in just helping to orientate us, use... More 

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Alloa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

We were shown round for the Day by Sandy, who was spot on with our requirements. Started the day in the hotel lobby at 9am, running through offers available, tube maps and options for places to visit. from their we hopped on to the subway and headed to Cloisters and looked round the museum, Then back on the subway to... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Our Greeter Charles met us at our hotel and took us on the subway and explained how things worked, and how to get around. We then had the most informative walk through Soho Greenwich Village, and chelsea areas, also taking in the High line. Charles was friendly and interesting as he gave us so much useful information and tips on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

My Greeter Charles was so knowledgeable and friendly. We went on a walking tour and also used the subway. Along the way he pointed out places that I could visit later, gave lots of historical, architectural quirky and useful pieces of information. Quick intro to how to use the subway and find your way through the streets. The locals clearly... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

After travelling solo for 9 days, meeting Big Apple Greeter, Doug, was a valuable and memorable experience. Doug communicated with me via email a couple of weeks before I arrived in New York with a proposal for how we could spend the morning. He met me at the hotel where I was staying and from there he acquainted me with... More 

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Ashover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

We were lucky enough to have a lady called Helen Spirer as our New York Greeter who stepped in at the last minute when our original Greeter unfortunately had family commitments. Helen was extremely knowledgeable and gave us some wonderful background on many places in New York and took us to quite a few areas we just would not have... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Our greeter, Lester, met us at our hotel. Our first time in New York, so no idea what the city would offer. When I told him I worked in the elevator business back in London, he said 'great, this will be an elevator walk of Manhattan!' What a great time! He took us to places we would never have thought... More 

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West Runton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Brent emailed us before our trip, and we exchanged photos, etc. He came and met us at our hotel, and spent a while explaining how the city works, the subway, etc, and what he was going to show us on our walk. In the emails we'd exchanged beforehand, we'd explained that we don't really like the obviously tourist stuff, and... More 

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