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  

I was travelling alone to NY from NZ via the UK, my first trip for my 50th birthday.
I met the most amazing man, an ex policceman who showed me his NY. Incredibly proud of his city, very knowledgable and human. He showed me how to order coffee, tip appropriately, use public transport, eat salt beef on rye with sides - all new experiences for me and he made it fun. He talked about his family and his workmates and his experiences in the city through 9/11 and he bought the place to life and gave it a face.
It was an amazing experience as we walked the city and it was all free as he refused even a cup of coffee at my expense.
I am so glad I heard of this and took the courage to use the service. Bravo and continue the good work

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

New York City

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

Find more amazing volunteers so everyone has the same opportunity I had

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We (my husband and I) visited New York for the 1st time in 2010. I'd heard about Big Apple Greeters from a friend and decided to contact them on their easy to access web site. Carol Dyner met us at our hotel as arranged and she was brilliant. She walked us around places we would never have seen and recommended we buy a bus ticket to get around as I have difficulty walking. Without her input we would not have seen a quarter of the sites and her anicdotes and very interesting conversation informed us of life as a New Yorker as only a local would know.

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

By being greeted by a very friendly and knowledgable New Yorker.

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

Try to recruit more volunteers and allow clients to tip or at least pay for lunch.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was a few years ago that I was in NYC by myself. I arranged before I left home for a greeter to meet me & she was even more delightful &
knowledgable than I'd expected. We visited the bombsite & walked the
Brooklyn Bridge, all the while talking about things I was interested in knowing about NYC. At the end of our meeting she put me on a subway
train to return to my hotel - my first ride on a subway. I was very much
impressed by her & by the concept of "Big Apple Greeters" in general.
It's a wonderful service for visitors & creates positive views of your great city.

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

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

...hope you'd keep up the good work

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Rating: 5 stars  

My mother, sister and I spent a wonderful afternoon with our New York City Greeter. We were able to experience riding the subway, Central Park without the worry of the big city. Our greeter knew the city, told us the features of the city and made us fall in love with it! We walked the park, sat on the benches, spoke to people in the park, rode the subway-several different lines with his guidance. The big scary city turned into feeling like we were a home and comfortable with it. We are looking forward to our next visit real soon and will use them again. We have told friends to take advanage of this wonderful experience.

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

wanting to visit again.

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

no changes needed except maybe more funding from the City of New York.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Frommers

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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