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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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Book before leaving home, this free service, make donation on line at your discretion, was the best thing to do early on our visit to NYC. We were met by Joel at the agreed time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sydney, Australia

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After booking 3 months in advance and giving all our personal information no one had the courtesy to reply. So, we gave them the benefit of the doubt and called them. They told us this was normal, even one week before our trip. The woman asked us again to send an email telling where we going to stay, hotel phone... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love big apple greeters and have enjoyed walks around upper west side and also around Brooklyn. The walks take you to places off the normal tourist routes and you get an idea what it must be like to live in the city.The greeters are knowledgeable and will try to respond to your interests but tend not to be very... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Book before leaving home, this free service, make donation on line at your discretion, was the best thing to do early on our visit to NYC. We were met by Joel at the agreed time outside our apartment. He was knowledgeable and very generous with his time, taking us to hidden gems we wouldn't have found. Telling us about the... More 

Thank bronwen1965
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an excellent morning with Craig who showed us around Upper Manhattan. He showed us some hidden gems, little places we would never have found & seen as well as stories & top tips of other things to do & see in Manhattan. The time flew by & was thoroughly enjoyable. We would highly recommend using the Big Apple... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were first time visitors to NY and wanted to see as many attractions as possible. Our greeter, Al, was perfect walking us around the major attractions and providing an interesting narrative. Be prepared for walking but it really is the best way to see NY. I would strongly recommend this service, it is excellent and it is free but... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 August 25, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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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