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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Big Apple Greeter:- The best service that NYC could offer to its visitors. we had an amazing "made to measure" tour of downtown Manhattan. It opened my teenage children's and my eyes to how friendly and accessible the city is.

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NYC

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bigger!

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Where to start !. The irony was that our big apple greeter was infact British, originally from a town 20miles from where we live in England. We'd read a review in the Sunday Times newspaper and it seemed a fun and different way to get under the skin of one of the great cities of the world. Our greeter turned up on time and was genuinely interested in us as visitors to his great big city. He took the time to find out what we were interested in and what the kids were interested in and off we went ! Despite his great age ( our greeter was about 80) he really went the extra mile for us. We were treated to an insightful and personal view of Manhattan, no question was too trivial or silly and we were treated at all times with great personally courtesy and the most beautiful manners( you can take the man out of Britain but never the Britain out of the man!). We were taken right into Trump towers and to the top of the the shops at Columbus circle. We saw Strawberry fields and took a stroll in the park. The time flew by and it was all to soon to say cheerio to Donald, who invited us to hear him play that night in a jazz bar as his guests. For me it was a personal highlight and if i ever meet anyone going to NYC then i always always encourage them to give the greeters a try. I have no hesitation inrecommending them for an award, they really are the best of the city.

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from beginning to end the organisation was slick and well organised. Our greeter was well versed in what to expect of out of towners and took real pleasure in showing us his adopted city

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not sure i would recommend any changes

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

We had our trip to NYC in 2008 and we used Big Apple Greeter. It was honestly the best experience of our trip to NYC. The knowledge and love for the city that these volunteers have and share with you is truely amazing. You get to experience New York in a different light and get the true beauty and life of the city through these individuals. I have recommended Big Apple Greeter to everyone who visits New York.

The Great!

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learning so much about NYC and truely understand what a amazing place it is.

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

nothing!!

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

We first met our Greeter, Joseph, in 2009 when he took us on a Greeters visit around Brooklyn. He was fantastic and we never would have seen or discovered so much about Brooklyn without him. His knowledge was vast and he enriched our holiday by making the visit extremely enjoyable and interesting. We have since become very good friends with Joseph and his lovely wife and meet up with them in both New York and the UK whenever we can. The Greeters organisation gives a wonderul perspective on New York as it is seen through the eyes of one of its residents. Long may it continue!

The Great!

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A Greeters visit on holiday to New York

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

Encourage the city of New York to give it more funding

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

I accidentaly knew the Big Apple Greeter and i will not forget it. I met the volunter on jan 2009 and she makes me love NYC like she do. Great experience that I've already suggested to many friends.

The Great!

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jan 2009

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nothing

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I visited New York in November, and of all the top tips I was given my many friends, by far the greatest was the one to request a Big Apple Greeter. We had a fantastic lady who showed us parts of New York we would never have discovered on our own and imparted more information than we thought possible about such a large City. Her knowledge of Greenwich Village was particularly interesting.

Not only was she a great lady and very knowledgeable, what a fantastic personality that really made us feel as though we had a taste of a real New Yorker!

The service was great that was offered and I would recommend to use the Big Apple Greeter everytime. We are hoping to return to NY at some point and will definitely request another Greeter...

The Great!

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New York City.

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

Get them more funding...

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I recently visited New York for the first time, from Sydney. I was interested in seeing Harlem & my Big Apple Greeter, Ellen, really exceeded all my expectations. What a lovely lady! She met me at my hotel, took me to Harlem where went to a wonderful service at her church - something I really wanted to do but didn't know if I'd be welcomed as a "tourist". (the church were very welcoming). We had a fabulous day together & got on very well. We lunched at a Amy's Soul Foods, she took me to the local market, a hair product shop (I needed some Afro hair product for my kids - very hard to buy in Australia), took a bus ride back downtown - all the while she filled me in on lots of local info. I would definately recommend Big Apple Greeter to others & if I'm ever lucky enough to visit New York again I hope I can get in touch with Ellen again.

The Great!

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Dec 2010

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sorry - can't think of anything

February 2, 2011

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February 2, 2011

By far the best part of our trip to NYC. Read about them on Tripadvisor. We were collected in our hotel and brought to Brooklyn by our greeter. A fascinating man...retired airline pilot who spent many hours with us showing us parts of NYC that we would not have gone to otherwise. A great organisation and I'm always recommending them to anyone I know going to New York.

The Great!

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NYC

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Absolutely nothing - communication by the group before we left Ireland was great. We knew exactly what was going to happen before we arrived in NYC. Our volunteer was punctual, informative and genuine. A great experience

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I visited NY two times and both times I was lucky enough to have a tour with a Big Applegreeter. Both times I was shown a part of NY I otherwise wouldn't have seen. The greeters knew a lot about the area we went to and it was obvious they loved what they are doing.

The Great!

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New York

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

Try to get more volunteers so more tourist can experience this great tour

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

Big Apple Greeter was so insiteful to us when visiting NY in October '10
Our greeter, Mike was very knowledgeable of every aspect of Manhattan and surrounding Neighbourhoods. We actually learnt more about the city that day than we had read in 3 different guide books and general searches online
before we arrived. It gave us the confidence to explore the magnificent city on our own and made it much easier to get around and know what was where. Mike was friendly, funnny, and our kids adored him, he was really a typical New Yorker, and THAT my friends is the difference between paying a tour company that show you just the main sites that we already know about and only care about hearding you all onto a bus etc OR, walking the streets with a Big Apple Greeter and learning about the REAL New York and all the little nooks and crannies that guide books and other tours don't bother telling you about. I have recommended BIg Apple Greeter to friends and family and will certainly book them again in the future

The Great!

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New York

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Nothing I would Change

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