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Big Apple Greeter

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Address: 1 Centre St, New York City, NY 10007-1602
Phone Number: +1 212-669-8159

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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Walk around Manhattan east side

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Stephen B
London, England, United Kingdom

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 

Thank 27Tibby
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I requested a visit to Queens as that is a borough I had never been to. The greeter picked me up at my hotel promptly, and, in spite of a heavy downpour, took me on a subway to Jackson Heights. He was very knowledgeable about the area and was able to explain the lifestyle of the various ethnic groups there.... More 

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Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely time and thanks to BOB M. who was extraordinary. He helped us with all type of aspects of our trip and planned visits. Good tips on where, how and when to do things. Gave us info and input of only a New Yorker could give. He transmitted his love for this town and gave us tons... More 

Thank Zazoutte01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We e-mailed about 6 weeks before our trip and got a response a couple of weeks later, followed by an e-mail from Bruce our greeter. He met us at our hotel the first morning of our trip. He was a friendly knowledgeable man who gave us lots of information and tips on where to go and how to get around.... More 

Thank Andrea P
Potsdam, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled over the Greeter program by accident and it saved us from stumbling through the city. Joel Weiner met us right on time and showed us places we'd never have seen on our own! It was an amazing 8 hours! He explained how the city works and I don't think we'll ever get lost now or have trouble finding... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We emailed Big Apple Greeter from Australia about a month before our travel. We got a response within days. When we arrived we were provided with our Greeter's contact details. Our Greeter was Pat Cush, a very lovely lady who picked us up from our Hotel. It was a rainy morning but this didn't deter her or us. She took... More 

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Wellington New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were hosted by Doug Pirnie a local of 30 years. What a lovely guy, he was extremely knowledgeable, generous and kind. He showed us how to get around his fabulous city including where to eat, what to see and lots of personal anecdotes and places we would not have found on our own. Even simple things like how to... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I visited NYC recently (October 28th - November 2nd) and were fortunate to be assigned Joe as our Big Apple Greeter on Saturday, October 29th. Joe was an exceptional Greeter. He was extremely personable and showed us parts of the City that we would not have ventured into on our own. Joe gave us a mixed view... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

BAG had assigned a Greeter to us [my wife and I] in our first few days of being in NYC. The process was seamless and worked out just fine. Our Greeter was an extremely knowledgeable and active gentleman - Arnold - who took all our wants on board as to the our preferred neighbourhoods etc.His ability to get it just... More 

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