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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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+1 212-669-8159
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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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New York Visit in August 16

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Alloa, United Kingdom

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Alloa, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

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 

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