Big Apple Greeter
February 21, 2012
I love being a Big Apple Greeter. I show people from all over the world some of my favorite spots in NYC. Now that I have a 6 year old daughter, she comes along whenever I have visitors from out of town that have kids. We like to show parents some playground and amenities for their kids; one of my favorites is the playground by the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which also has Jane's Carousel, a beautifully restored 19th century merry go round. We often then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and have lunch in Chinatown or Little Italy. People can't believe how reasonably priced a lunch can be. One visitor from Germany thought our Vietnamese meal would be tapas-style, where we'd have to order multiple plates, since the bowls of noodles, soup and rice were $6-$8, but we all filled our bellies with good protein, veggies and starch! They liked it so much, they went back a second time without us.
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Big Apple Greeter
February 16, 2011
I've been a Big Apple Greeter since 1996. Initially, my friends thought I was insane for wanting to meet visitors in their hotel lobby, show them around NYC for a few hours and maybe have a snack or a meal with them. Eventually, my friends realized that being a Greeter was a great release for me. I was able to share some of the trivia that I know about NYC with tourists, as opposed to torturing my friends with that knowledge!
I love being a Greeter, as I'm able to share my love and knowledge of New York City with new people. It's a wonderful way to make the world a smaller and better place.
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meeting with visitors. The Office Greeters are very personable and organized, allowing the Greeters that take out visitors to have all the paperwork handy.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
allow Greeters to return forms by email, instead of via US Mail.
Volunteer & I helped visitors to NYC orient themselves on the subway.
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