Big Apple Greeter

Rating: 4.95 stars   266 reviews

Issues: International, Philanthropy, Economic Development, International Exchange

Location: 1 Centre Street Suite 2312 New York NY USA

Mission: Big Apple Greeter's mission is to enhance New York City's worldwide image and enrich the New York experience by connecting visitors with knowledgable and enthusiastic volunteers. The mission was created to accomplish the following goals: to promote New York City as friendly, inviting, and manageable; to bolster tourism and foster economic development; and to create opportunities for New Yorkers to show pride in their city and give back to their city.
Target demographics: International tourists seeking to explore New York City through the eyes of locals.
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: Support Big Apple Greeter www.savebigapplegreeter.com
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 13-3733413
212-669-8159
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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I went from the UK to New York for the first time and a friend recommended we contact Big Apple Greeter. Fantastic! Our volunteer Mel was so knowledgeable and we came away with an experience which we could never have achieved by reading books. In addition to giving us a tour of places unknown he shared all his local knowledge. My two teenage boys said it was a highlight of the trip.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We heard about that organization while planning our trip to NY.

Thanks to this organization, we got the chance to see NY through genuine citizens'eyes. Not only the interesting comments on architecture and history pleased us, but also meeting a guide willing to compare cultures was just great!

Thank you for organizing these nice tours, for free, which makes possible for any budget to visit NY as if you were living there!

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

touring with a guide

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

Make cleare the way you have to contact your greeter (how to phone from NY phone box)

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to Big Apple Greeter our trip from France was beyond anything we could have expected. Our wonderful,patient guide took us to special spots we never would have found on our own. The entire afternoon was absolutely delightful and the highlight of our family trip to the Big Apple.

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

touring Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the High Line park.

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

It's excellent just the way it is.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Had a Big Apple Greeter for our trip in Jan 2011, we've both been to NY many times but our greeter showed us things we would never have seen and came out in some terrible weather to show us around. Fantasic!

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

New York CIty

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

None!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Seven years have passed since I vacationed in NYC, yet I remember the experience as though it was yesterday. Part of this is because of the magic of the city itself. However, what really made the trip memorable was the remarkable Big Apple Greeter who was assigned to me. This wasn't my first trip to the City by any means, but when I heard about Big Apple Greeters I couldn't resist "taking the plunge" and asking for a guide. My greeter spent the entire day with me, showing me around the Village and all parts south of the island-- best restaurants, unknown theatre groups, favorite parks -- all kinds of sites that I would never have had the courage to explore on my own. I cannot recommend Big Apple Greeters highly enough.

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

New York City -- Manhattan

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

No changes -- the Big Apple Greeters I experienced was well organized. My tour went off flawlessly -- much more than I expected.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

On my recent visit to NYC in November, 2010, I was fortunate enough to have the services of a Big Apple greeter. She was knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic and showed us (there were two of us) parts of the city that we probably would not have found on our own. She spent the best part of a day with us - over and above our expectations - and even helped us with theatre tickets. She was open to our requests and offered many suggestions for enhancing our experience in the city, including how to use the metro system. i wish this service were available in all major cities. What a difference it would make to the tourist's appreciation and enjoyment of city visit.

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New York City is intimidating to a first-time visitor. My experience with Big Apple Greeters virtually ensures my return visit.

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

I'm not sure I would change a thing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Notwithstanding the circa 48 million world visitors who choose New York as their travel destination, an unknown (perhaps very large) number of people are adverse to coming here due to a phenomenally powerful message created in print, tv and the digital media which portray our city as being inhabited by - at the very least - rude - and at the very most - criminal and thug elements. Violence, crime and filth, one would believe, is omnipresent.

I, as a volunteer for Big Apple Greeter, love to meet people from around the world who, despite this negativiity, have correctly determined that New York City is none of the above. But even among those fair and objective people, there is still a significant number who believe that even if Manhattan is safe and civilized, other boroughs - particularly The Bronx - are not.

Being a native New Yorker and a lifelong resident of The Bronx, I am particularly pleased whenever I am successful in changing the perceptions of my guests, one person at a time, by taking them anywhere in the city that interests them, especially The Bronx.

It has been determined that a person's perception of a travel experience is often communicated to at least ten associates upon returning home. Therefore, positive, as well as negative experiences, in this manner, can be expected to spread virally. If utilized to promote the positive, then one would expect to make significant inroads into countering the "bad publicity".

Aside from countering the unfair media image, I derive great satisfaction in facilitating the coming together of diverse cultures - here in New York - knowing that our citizens and our visitors will benefit from a rich exchange of ideas and cultures.

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

receiving feed back from visitors in the way of written "greeter" (walk) evaluations and in receiving e-mail correspondence from my visitors well after they have returned home. All have been uniformly positive. All have stated that they would not have ventured "off the beaten track" without the help of Big Apple Greeter, and all have wondered how it is possible that Big Apple Greeter is able to provide such personalized experiences gratis.

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

make it possible for Big Apple Greeter to reach out to many, more visitors. We are currently constrained by budget, and so we are only able to meet a small fraction of visitors coming to NYC.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Friends told me about Big Apple Greeter and that they missed the chance to get an appointment when they were there. I was lucky: I got an appointment - and it was for me only and it was awesome. I travelled to NY on my own and was so thankful to have somebody showing me around, explaining things and suburbs. It took away my fear and I happily took on the tips given to me for the rest of my time in NY. I think the Big Apple Greeter (especially 'mine' of course) made me feel more connected to the Big Apple and I alsohave to say, that I admire people who spend their free time showing somebody around they don't know and might never see again. Awesome experience! Thank you!

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

New York

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

change nothing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Friends' suggestion and then interet research. It wasalso mentioned in my travel book.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Be open to strangers, dedicate time to strangers, try to make someone happy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Big Apple Greeter is a gem of New York City. Even as a veteran NYC traveler, they helped open my eyes to a part of the city that I would have never explored on my own. Our wonderful volunteer tour guide and his wife met us in midtown, took us to the Bronx neighborhood he grew up in and walked us through the neighborhood in the pouring rain. I truly believe that education helps to build understanding and that Big Apple Greeters shows the world what an amazing city New York is. I look forward to my next trip to NYC and day with a Big Apple Greeter.

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

my education about New York City and its neighborhoods.

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

do nothing. It is an amazing free service!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was our first visit to NYC and our guide was a major reason that our visit was so delightful. She was so interesting and made us feel right at home. Her insights and historical info on our tour gave us a feeling of the real NYC. Thank you for a fabulous visit.

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the Big Apple tour guide gave us a personal connection to NYC and some fascinating behind the scenes data.

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

add more guides

 
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