Big Apple Greeter

Rating: 4.95 stars   266 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

International, Philanthropy, Economic Development, International Exchange


1 Centre Street Suite 2312 New York NY USA


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


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Rating: 5 stars  

Big Apple Greeter serves a unique role in New York City's life. For so many visitors Big Apple through the years has been able to show the sunny side of the Big Apple. Manhattan is of course a shining gem and a World capital with world class delights, cultural attractions, educational and entertainment opportunities but Big Apple Greeters through it's volunteers and programs has opened up the rest of the city to visitors, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx and Staten Island and because of their efforts folks walk away with a special personalized experience. Folks carry with them a love an affection for New York they would not have otherwise.

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

I've met numerous volunteers and folks who have been touched by Big Apple Greeter's programs.

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

If there resources were there I would expand Big Apple Greeter's operations so that they could have at least one office in every Borough of the city.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I am lucky to run the two all news radio stations in New York City. They are an integral part of the fabric of the Big Apple. AND SO IS BIG APPLE GREETER. A news station spends much of its time delivering news that is usually not too happy. But one of the stories we have been able to report on is this great volunteer organization that is devoted to showing people who visit our city just how GRAND it is. There can't be a better way to make the image of NYC glitter than the personal touch that Big Apple Greeters have with visitors. I know that visitors leave our city with a warm glow and memories they will always cherish because of the caring, personable and attentive sharing provided by the Big Apple volunteers. And, now being on the Board of Directors, I see first hand the caring, passion and enthusiasm the volunteers have. It is an honor to know that New Yorkers care so much about showing off their city and spend hours of their own time making wonderful experiences for those who visit New York.

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

hearing visitors who have taken walks with Big Apple Greeters speak glowingly and fondly of their experiences.

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

want to find more permanent sources of funding for operations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Everyone who comes to New York should see all the wonderful and high profile venues it has to offer. But if they also want to experience the Big Apple from a real New Yorker's point of view, they should take a neighborhood tour from a Big Apple Greeter (BAG) volunteer. BAG is a magical and unrivaled New York "happening" that takes you behind the scenes in places you would never get to visit otherwise. BAG leaves you with an emotional attachment to the widely varied and unique neighborhoods that make up a City where over 106 languages are spoken each day. Big Apple Greeter doesn't sugar coat New York, but will nonetheless leave a visitor with sweet memories!

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

Watching the personal touches of each of the hundreds of volunteers whose reward is sharing their city with strangers who quickly become family.

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

Figure out a way to get it on a firm financial footing.

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