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Causes: Business & Industry, Economic Development, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

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

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful way to experience New York. Dedicated volunteers make the city understandable and accessible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

soy turista ,vivo en argentia y los servicios que brindan en NY son excelentes .
los guias son personas maravillos y muy atentos.
en resumen todo 10PUNTOS ,MUY SOBRESALIENTE.
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Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a family of 5 from Australia. We arranged our B.A.G and were not disappointed. He was on time at 9.30am and did not leave us until 4.00pm. He showed us around the Financial District, gave up tips on the best use of the metrocard for the subway, took us into buildings that you would not otherwise have bothered to go into. Had a great lunch at the South Street Seaport and we arranged tickets for Broadway at the TKTS booth at the Seaport. Very knowledgeable about NYC and it was fantastic to meet someone who lives and worked in NYC. Would highly recommend this organization to family, friends and acquaintances.

Review from Guidestar

Belinda P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We spent 5 days in New York in mid January and had the absolute privilege of meeting up with one of your greeters. The experience was exactly what I had hoped for and more!
Great to see the city and surrounds from a local's perspective and to get an 'insider's view' on places and events in New York.
Our greeter also spent way more time with us than is expected which was fantastic.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saw Big Apple Greeters mentioned on a TV Travel Show here in the U.K. years ago. The idea stuck. When we planned our trip to New York we decided that we would love to learn more about the city from a 'Greeter'.
We were not disappointed. Met Arnold on our first full day in the city and he made our stay. He was charming, knowledgeable and full of energy. He showed us parts of the city and city life that we would never have experienced. No question from us was too daft and we still talk about what we learnt from him.
Our daughter is lalnning her first visit for later this year and we would love her to have the chance to discover New York with Arnold.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I retired I was taken on a trip to New York. My wife and myself were a little worried about how safe NY was.
We met a Big Apple Greeter on our 2nd day. He was very helpful and friendly. He showed us how to use the subway, showed us what areas to be careful in and where not to go. He showed us sites we would never have found on our own.
I can not recommend this Organisation enough, we enjoyed our time in NY so much we have been back four more times.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow - the friendliest most helpful set of people we have ever known. In 2002 we were creating a timeline book on New York history and researching the city. These guys explained so much and opened our eyes to so many aspects that we had not appreciated. Moreover they took us safely and expertly into areas in which we might have felt nervous without their incredible knowledge and guidance.We learned so much and through our publication we hope that we opened the eyes of the public at large – all around the world – to the amazing variety and magic of this special place and the multiple facets of New York. Thank you!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a lovely lady called Helene who took us around Central Park, along 5th Avenue and we walked down to Battery Park to end the day. Helene was so informative and took us on a bus and the subway so we had an idea what to do which was great advice!
It was wonderful to be with a genuine New Yorker and we had an excellent first day in NYC.
I have mentioned Big Apple Greeters to all my friends who have visited NYC and it is a great service you provide.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful greeter called Brad Smith who took us to Brooklyn Heights he was very knowledgeble and so easy going. He showed us how to get our subway paasses which everyone needs as this is the way to travel in NY. It was snowing on that morning byt Brad turned up as agreed with all his gear on. We had a wonderful experience and I would recommend using this service and I would definately use use it again whe i next visit.

Review from Guidestar