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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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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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ilike ny big apple

ilove it in ny special at night all the lights ppl don't sleep and amazing crowd in ny city and security city

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

ilove it in ny special at night all the lights ppl don't sleep and amazing crowd in ny city and security city

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Port Washington, Wisconsin
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the pleasure of being escorted through Midtown by Sharon Messing, a delightful woman who was very knowledgeable about the city. She spent about 5 hours of her time with us, showing us the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, the NY Public Library and The Flatiron Building, just to name a few. I'd highly recommend requesting a greeter... More 

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New Delhi, India
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the experience of the BAG. We went on a tour of the city with ms Helen. Her knowledge of the city and love for the city was amazing. We walked the central park and then took a train to the high line and Chelsea. Book ahead for the BAG by emailing them as soon as you book your accommodation.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was so pleased I booked ahead and was able to secure a greeter. Enid couldn t have been more welcoming. She met us at our hotel, walked us around the local neighborhood and then took us downtown on the subway for a walk on the High Line. She even took a stroll with me in the evening as it... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time in New York and we would have been lost without David, our big apple greeter. He is such a wonderful person, very open minded and interesting to listen to. He has asked us up front, what we are specially interested in and it matched 100% with our interests. After meeting at the agreed point we... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I traveled to New York in Sept 2015 - although my husband and I had been there in 1989! I thought it would be a good idea to have someone to show us around without the pressure of a "commercial guided tour" - Adam our guide was absolutely fabulous and my teenage girls loved it. I would... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although this was our 6th visit to NYC - we had never before had a BAG. This is mainly due to the fact that I love to do my own research and after 6 trips to our fave city TBH we never felt the need for one. However - it was a new thing for us to do and you... More 

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Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic day with Lewis. We just told him our interests and we talked through where he might take us. Then off we went for 6 fabulous hours. Lewis showed us the real New York, taking us to places we would never have found on our own. We never expected to see cheese being made in the middle... More 

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our greeter, Rob, showed us around the city and took us to areas we would not have gone into. He explained about the public areas in the hotels and other buildings. Rob also took us on the subway and we felt very comfortable using it during our visit. The Meatpacking area was extremely interesting and wish we could have stayed... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stumbled across this in a guide book months ago and requested a greeter online. We were matched with Marian who is a NYC native. We communicated through email before and she met us in the lobby of our hotel. We decided what we were going to do. We got to see Lower Manhattan through her eyes and it was... More 

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