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Big Apple Greeter

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Address: 1 Centre St, New York City, NY 10007-1602
Phone Number: 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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Dream holiday

Fantastic service. Must be booked prior to arrival in New York.. Not garaunteed to get a Greeter. Greeters meet you at your hotel if on Manhattan Island. Walking tour can be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Gold Coast, Australia

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic service. Must be booked prior to arrival in New York.. Not garaunteed to get a Greeter. Greeters meet you at your hotel if on Manhattan Island. Walking tour can be personalised eg sporting site, history, famous monuments. Chance to meet a genuine New Yorker.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We asked for a greeter, who shows us the non touristical but really beautiful parts of the city. At the day of our meeting we started at 10 am and the tour was 11 hours, we really enjoyed it and would recommend everybody who vistis NY to sign up for the big apple greeters. Our geeters name was Joel Weiner... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is such a nice idea, and for me it also worked very well in practice. Ruth took us around old and new China Town and the surrounding area, letting us sample lots of delicious food in places we should not have been able to negotiate alone. She also explained about the history of Chinese and Italian immigrants and gave... More 

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Hunter Valley, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Prior to our departure for North America, I arranged through the Big Apple Greeter our tour for NYC. The week before we left we were emailed with details of our tour guide & meeting arrangements (which was at our hotel). On arrival at the hotel we received confirmation of the tour & contact details of our 'Greeter' for the following... More 

Thank Eleanor09
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I requested a greeter as soon as we had booked our NY accommodation. I thought August may be a popular time! We received an email from the Big Apple Greeters a few weeks before our departure saying we had been matched...very exciting! You are to contact your greeter on arrival in NYC, however, we arrived at nearly 11pm. As I... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a fabulous service and so thrilled to have discovered this activity. Our guide Phyllis met us at our hotel and created an experience just for us. Highlights were the walk through Greenwich Village with Stonewall Inn and a spontaneous lobby tour of a Stanford White house on 5th Avenue.

Thank The_Hailes
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dan our New York greeter was fantastic!! Our 2 to 4 hours extended to almost 6 hours, it was a great way to be introduced to New York. From the information we had supplied when requesting a Greeter, Dan suggested where we might like to go, and so our walk took us first on the Subway (Dan showed us how... More 

1 Thank Stephen W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

joel took my around for more then 8 hours and showed me special places I would never had seen without him. he is a very nice person and knows new york like his back pockets. best thing to do is just follow him and trust him - he is an expert!! ps: bring good walking shoes

1 Thank Marie A
Fountain Hills, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although I had been to NYC a number of times, I was bringing a friend who had never been there before. I found bigapplegreeter.org on the web and liked the reviews I saw. ( do not confuse with Big Apple Tours....) Big Apple Greeter is a FREE, yes FREE, welcome - visitor service from NYC volunteers. They even have a... More 

Proctorville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read about this service and decided to try it out. Wow was it great. It was like exploring the city with a friend. Our guide was excellent. He took our wishes and added his recommendations and gave us a great time. He spent about 4-4.5 hours with us. Cannot recommend this highly enough. It is free but can give... More 

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