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February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

On January 5, 2011, I had a literal "private" tour with a fine greeter with Big Apple Greeters. I was in NYC with my husband (who was on business), and though I had been to NYC many times previously, there are still so many areas of the city which I haven't experienced. Hence, signing up for a tour with Big Apple Greeters. Since it was only myself in our tour, my greeter met me in the lobby of my hotel, and we had a wonderful day walking (and walking and walking!), first across the Brooklyn Bridge (where I learned so much about the history of the building of the bridge itself), then into Brooklyn itself. We spent a little time in the area nearest the bridges, looking at the architecture, and taking photos from the Promanade, which gives marvelous views of the entire Manhattan skyline. We walked back across the East River via the Manhattan Bridge, and I learned more history of the area as we walked and talked. The Manhattan Bridge comes into Chinatown, so we walked through there, eating lunch at a popular noodle shop in Chinatown. My guide even took me to a specialty fish store in Chinatown (after he learned I volunteer at an aquarium in FL), where specialty koi and ornamental carp are sold, which was most interesting. After a tour of Little Italy, we ended up on the Lower East Side, concluding our tour. What a fun day it was, and with Big Apple Greeters, one ends up not only learning so much about New York City, but making a new friend (in your greeter) as well!

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the knowledge I received during my tour, as well as the basic learning experience during my tour with a Big Apple Greeter

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do nothing at all! I was entirely pleased with my experience. My tour and the tour guide were fabulous and very educational.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

We went to New York 3 years ago and had an Apple Greeter help us one day. My only comment is not to try and do too much in one day. We rode a subway, saw Wall Street, Twin Towers, and a couple of neighborhoods. The greeter was nice. If and when we get to go back to New York we will call on the Apple Greeters again. Everyone that is coming for the first time will have a better knowledge of New York.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Coming to New York on vacation

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Let them win this contest.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

We took advantage of this wonderful service about five years ago for the first visit for most of the four sisters who sent a week in The Big Apple, We selected a tour of Brooklyn. Our Greeter, Warren Lewis, provided us each with a one day subway pass and introduced us to subway travel. We took the R & W tio Government Center on the eastern side of the upper-class neighborhood of Brooklyn Heightsd. There were everal play yards scattered throughout the are. We passed Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, walked the loength of Montague Street, the main drag, and admired the architecture of the buildings. We stopped at St. Timothy Episcopal Church. We walked through Sahade, a Turkish market. I could go on and on about how comprehensive this tour was. There are too many points of interest to mention. We ended our tour with a very nice lunch and bid farewell to our guide who left us at the Brooklyn Bridge which might have been the highlight of this wonderful tour. We walked the full length and by the time we got to the end were ready for a subway ride and return to our hotel. Thanks to Warren for his generosity in sharing his personal time and knowledge of the area we selected to tour.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Taking advantage of the services it offered.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing. It is a wonderful service.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I worked for BAG as an office volunteer just a few months after 9/11 when the city was still struggling with the aftermath of that horrible day, and trying to get visitors to return to NYC. Not only are the people behind BAG some of the most amazing, warm, friendly and welcoming people I have ever met, but they spread their love and devotion to this city among visitors from all over the world unconditionally, every day. Many of my friends and family have since used Big Apple Greeter and they were all blown away by the knowledge and passion these people bring to their visits.
BAG is undoubtedly one of the most unique and special organisations New York City has and the fact that there are "Big Apple Greeter" organisations in many big cities in the world now goes to show how important they are to the tourism concept of a destination.

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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

My one and only visit to the US was in 2001 when I spent a few days in New York with friend to celebrate my birthday. The day that we spent with the Big Apple Greeter guide was the best day of our holiday and one I will always remember. We felt like we had seen parts of the city that we wouldn't have visited on our own and we met a number of native New Yorkers that we would never have met without our guide taking us to places that were off the tourist track. Everyone that we met was friendly and pleasant. We had experienced the legendary rudeness of the US customs service and the lovely New Yorkers that we met more than made up for it! Both my friend and I have treasured memories of our time on New York and would recommend the Big Apple Greeter programme to anyone who visits the city.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A visit to New York in 2001

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none needed

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I am a lifelong New Yorker and a travel editor. I became curious about how visitors actually experience my home city. I started volunteering with Big Apple Greeter 1 1/2 years ago. I've had so much fun showing visitors one of my favorite unknown neighborhoods, DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. In a 20-minute walk from the York station on the F subway line, I show visitors 4 centuries of history and tell them the stories of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, George Washington's defeat at the Battle of Brooklyn, Walt Whitman's editorial stand against slavery at the Brooklyn Eagle, and the evolution of the area from Native American land to Dutch farm settlements to one of the biggest industrial producers in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to its current incarnation with pricey condos, New York's newest waterfront parks and upscale shops. We always stop at Jacques Torres for chocolate, and I point out little details like the Belgian blue paving stones underfoot, the old narrow-gauge railway tracks, the wooden water towers atop the old buildings, and my favorite NYC graffiti. I show them a view along the water where in one turn of the head they can see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge, and I show them the Whitman poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" engraved in the railing on the pier where the first cross-river ferry was started by a Dutchman in the 1600s. It's history, architecture, and the grit and triumph of one neighborhood all in one short visit. Depending on their time and interest, I sometimes add in a trip to Coney Island to look at the beach and ride the Cyclone, or to visit the brownstone historic district in Park Slope, with the PS321 flea market and a stop at my favorite friendly pizza place, Pinos. Often my visitors decide to stay or come back to Brooklyn for more after our visit is over, which makes me feel great that I have introduced something special and memorable to their time in NY. Big Apple Greeter is one of those great freebies that anyone can try.

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I know that I have opened the eyes of visitors to New York City to things they would never otherwise have experienced. I've hosted people from Australia, France, Germany, England, Malaysia, California, the Midwest and many other places, old and young. Often I take them on their first subway ride, and I always tell them - you don't have to spend a lot of money here to enjoy New York. My recommendations are always the amazing freebies: Staten Island Ferry, Central Park, Times Square - what more do you need?

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more volunteers! Find a way for high school juniors who are looking for community service projects to participate by showing visitors a slice of their neighborhoods! To make it safe, have kids sign up as teams, with teacher supervisors; preview an itinerary; let the kids rehearse with an experienced Greeter; and sign them up to do a specific number of greets for a semester.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I work as a travel editor. My experience as a Big Apple Greeter has impacted the advice we give in our travel stories as I see that often visitors need help with very basic things, but also appreciate offbeat suggestions.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

GREAT

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

We first learned about Big Apple Greeters when we were planning our honeymoon to New York City. It was absolutely one of the best things we did! We truly enjoyed our time with John. He was professional and fun at the same time and we felt completely safe. He was patient with our picture taking. told great stories and maintained a pace that was just right. He provided us with invaluable knowledge about the subway system that we used during the rest of the trip. Whenever we talk about our trip to other people, the subject of Big Apple Greeters always comes up. The organization is a wonderful ambassador for the City the Never Sleeps!

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June 2010.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nadda. We had absolutely no complaints!

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

December 2008, my first visit to New York and after finding Big Apple Greeter on the internet, I applied and was successful to be allocated a volunteer. Tim met us at our hotel at 10.00am and as ouor requested area was Brooklyn, he took us downtown where we proceeded to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge - awsome! Tim took us a walk around Brooklyn, giving us all the local history. He gave an insight on how it was in Brooklyn on 9/11. Although only a short walk from Manhattan, Brooklyn seemed a different world from there - no scryscrapers, only cute little houses with steps up to them - just like you see in the movies. This is something we would never have done on our own - having a "local" to take us around made a world of difference. I can't praise highly enough the real value we experienced by having a Big Apple Greeter. He gave up his Saturday to spend time with strangers, and shared his love and knowledge of Brooklyn with us. I will always remember this experience and it was made possible by Tim.

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As a stranger to New York city, the local knowledge of the Big Apple Greeter was absolutely invaluable.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes required - only sufficient funding to maintain this excellent service.

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

I've been a Big Apple Greeter for 9 years & the experience has
provided me with an unusual opportunity to meet wonderful people
from many places. But most importantly it allows me to show off our
city, and the feedback I've received has been wonderful. Tourists
really
seem to appreciate & enjoy a non-tourist view of our
great city. The neighborhoods, small shops, the out of the way little
Chinatown restaurant, the vest pocket parks and the neighborhood gardens.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the written feedback I have received from those visitors I have taken around to various neighborhoods

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shout about it to all prospective visitors.

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

As a visitor to NYC, I was in need of some kind of mechanism of learning the city. What I mean is to get comfortable w/ my surroundings. Big Apple Greeter met me @10 AM at the hostel. We spent the next few hours exploring greenwich village......he was fantastick.

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Had a fantastick exploration in Greenwich Village, my greeter met me @ my hostel and we spent four hours walking thru the city.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know @ this time.

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