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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.bigapplegreeter.org

Community Stories

295 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bennett B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have a particularly personal link to Big Apple Greeter: My mom started the program 30+ years ago as a way to help visitors see New York City through the eyes of the people who live in and love this city. Her perseverance - and the support of hundreds of New Yorkers who shared her vision - has resulted in a program that has helped build bridges between thousands of people coming to NYC and spawned 150+ programs around the world. We are all better for her vision!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are very few greater pleasures than welcoming newcomers to a place you really love and showing and telling them why it is you love it. The visitors that I have escorted around New York City have been universally great fun and excellent company and I think they have enjoyed seeing a sometimes frightening city with someone who can reassure them what is safe and what is not and can show them where the 'real bagels' are and how to attack a six-story pastrami sandwich!! The fact that so many keep in touch even when they have returned to their home countries gives truth to the fact that our mutual enjoyment of the experience is real.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nearly 7 years ago, I took a couple from Melbourne Australia out for a Big Apple Greet. She was celebrating her 50th birthday and was accompanied by her then boyfriend. Last December, they e-mailed u s and told us they wanted to return to New York to get married and could we (my wife and I), help them. I guess we were friends that they had met in New York, years ago. Rise to the challenge??? You betcha. So we organized a photographer to record the event and the day, acted as witnesses and arranged an impromptu reception with our friends and the bride and groom at a small local restaurant in downtown Manhattan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I ve been a Greeter with Big Apple for over 10 years and have enjoyed meeting people from dozens of places around the world
Big Apple facilitates the walks which are free to the participants
They in turn get to meet a “real New Yorker” who not only shows them around but is available to consult with during their stay in NYC

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started, this year, as a Greeter. Having lived all my life in NYC (Bronx and Brooklyn) It's a real pleasure to share my experiences and knowledge of the city with Tourists from around the world.

I learn from them and they learn from me. They get to go to areas of the city where few tourists can be found and see and meet other real new yorkers.

We mostly go to places in DUMBO, Bklyn Heights and Fort Greene...many of which are somewhat unusal

Everywhere I ve taken them people seem to reach out.

At the end of the day I and they have been better for the experience and they seem to have a more enriching visit

I really enjoy being a volunteer

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Cheryl Louise F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Big Apple Greeter office volunteer since December 2016. I joined them to convert my non-profit marketing skills into development experience. Boy, have I ever! The volunteer-driven staff members are the most dynamic, intelligent and giving people I have ever worked with. The over 300 Greeters who provide free, informal, non-scripted and free visits to New York City visitors from across the country and around the world know NYC inside and out and share their knowledge and their neighborhoods with warmth and humor. Furthermore, this organization of "real" New Yorkers has provided a worldwide model for over 120 Greeter groups in 31 countries!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most fun and meaningful things I've ever done. Getting to share my beautiful neighborhood with out of towners, especially francophones has been wonderful for me and great for them.
I'm a history buff and an ex Wall Street exec so I get to share a different perspective on Brooklyn Heights than our visitors would get from a commercial tour or a guide book and I get to learn more about our visitors culture and families and make wonderful new friends.
Its been a joyous experience.

Melissa W.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Big Apple Greeter volunteer for more than 10 years, helping the organization with marketing and communications as my time permits. I've stayed involved this long because I love being part of such a friendly and dedicated community of staff and volunteers. And, as a New Yorker I truly believe in the importance of their mission to show the real New York City to visitors. It's good for the well-being of the city and for humankind.

Big Apple Greeter is a small organization with an enormous worldwide impact. I highly recommend it to prospective volunteers and to travelers who want to experience the real New York City.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Big Apple Greeter through my husband, who is a volunteer Greeter. I volunteer in the office, so we're a Big Apple Greeter family. During the quarantine months, we have launched several projects, and have been working with each other more than usual, when we normally focus on our visitors to NYC. As a result, some of our brainstorming sessions have led to exciting new developments, and I researched putting up a tee-shirt store to celebrate the creative talent we have among the Greeters. It has helped raise some funds during this difficult time, and has taught me new skills while having fun! https://www.bonfire.com/store/big-apple-greeter/

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the most marvelous 'inside greet' with Lester, who took us the length of 57th St explaining the history, architecture and 'gossip' about this important uptown street His knowledge is prodigious, and he is a very entertaining speaker. Our group had lots of fun learning about this famous street and its neighbors. The way the Greeters share their knowledge with one another keeps the program growing and current.

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Delphine M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved from Paname to Gotham in August 2017 and got involved right away with Big Apple Greeter. I am part of the Office Volunteers Team. We help match visitors from all around the world with Greeters but my role has been many fold. I'm involved in many projects ranging from communication, to fundraising and tech upgrades.
Over the years, I've grown very fond of Big Apple Greeter. We are a big family and for me, being French, and away from my homeland especially in such difficult times this means a lot. I feel very lucky and proud to be a volunteer for such a great program. I've met amazing people. Everybody is very passionate about NYC and truly dedicated to this non-profit organization.
In a world that tends to turn in on itself, Big Apple Greeter's vision and mission to build bridges between cultures is more than ever crucial. We're working harder than ever (even though we can't show the city to foreign visitors now) and making the most of this PAUSE to upgrade our technology, improve our service in order to welcome more visitors when the world opens up again. We can't wait to meet you again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just unbelievable to have a free greet of 4 to 5 hours by a New Yorker who share with you all the anecdotes about the city he loves.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am always in awe of what the volunteers of Big Apple Greeter accomplish. From board members to office volunteers and Greeters, their dedication to giving, sharing and welcoming the world is never on pause. Their love of New York City continues to shine a bright light on what we all can do to help each other in the best of times and in times of crisis. Check out the website and become involved. They've inspired the world, with over 100 cities on 5 continents to create their own programs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A great non-profit doing wonderful work to support NYC, while making lifelong friends for the city, bridging cultural divides and inspiring kindness....check out video from supporter David Checketts and become involved....

Patricia B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Big Apple Greeter organization does a serious job of ensuring an outstanding visit to tourists by a New Yorker.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is the best outreach for global understanding. We are just a group of people who like to hear about "visitors" who come to our city and how they view their travels, what they notice about NYC, how it compares to their home.
From this walks and conversations a new, personal understanding of different cultures emerges

RobertCRoss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeters provide absolutely free four to five hour introductions to the great city of New York to visitors from all around the world. I have gone on several of their walks, have met many of the Greeters and the support staff that arrange getting the Greeters and their guests together.

Every Greeter has been very knowledgeable, very friendly, and extremely generous with their time. The support staff does a great job.

The five star reviews on the various reviewing sites are invariably outstanding; the one star reviews are almost always complaints that the visitor was not able to obtain a Greet. Several people are working hard on raising funds to greatly increase the number of visits that can be supported every year.

The goal of each Greeter is to make the visit one that will be the best day of the visit to the City, and that goal is almost invariably achieved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife supported this fine organization for many years before her death -- she loved the idea that they gave visitors a free subway token at the time.

After her death, I decided to become a Greeter, and I specialize in Central Park, the Upper East Side and mid-town, with forays into Brooklyn, the Upper West Side and the Battery.

Greeters are pretty much free to take friends from around the world anywhere on a Greet within the City. We are supported by 40 dedicated staff people, who arrange for us to find the friend we will accompany on their Greets throughout the five boros.

We unfortunately do not have the computer support we need to fill the over-whelming demand. We are working hard on that problem and hope someday to Greet everyone who applies for a Greet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter NYC connects visitors from around world with New Yorkers who volunteer to show them a slice of authentic New York City, directly through the eyes of a NYC resident. That is a extraordinary experience that only happens in “3D,” and in real time. Community at its best! There’s no better ambassador for NYC than the volunteer Greeters who share their New York with the myriad of visitors everyday.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The one and only Big Apple Greeter program offers visitors to New York the opportunity to see our vibrant City through the eyes and experiences of real New Yorkers. “We got to see New York in a whole new perspective” as shared by a family from Sweden, who has since returned to New York for three more visits. If that doesn’t say it all.

Chantal van S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lovely experience. Our tour of the Harlem area was one to remember, with lots of little interesting facts. Without a greeter we probably would not have visited Harlem whilst there is lots to see.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got a chance to make a magic moment last Fall. And what a moment it was!! I had the pleasure of showing Nicole and son Luca from Germany around Midtown and Brooklyn for a greet today. In our correspondence, Nicole mentioned that Luca had always wanted to see an NBA game, but was having a difficult time getting tickets. You should have seen the look on Luca’s face when we arrived at the Barclay’s Center, and I told him I was able to get free tickets for the three of us to see the Brooklyn Nets play. The reaction was priceless. He had a smile on his face the moment he heard and throughout the game. He was messaging all of his friends and even his basketball coach back home.

His mom was so thrilled. And me... well, my heart is full. I’ll remember today for sure.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great tour of the Upper East Side with excellent views of Roosevelt Island. Our Greeter called our Greet a twofer. Betsy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter provides a terrific way for visitors from around the world to meet New Yorkers and learn first-hand from them about their city and the people who live there - and in turn gives Greeter volunteers an opportunity to learn from our wonderful visitors.

1 Volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Big Apple Greeter for over 15 years. I always seemed to be helping people find their way around the City so when I saw an ad about Big Apple Greeter, I thought this would be a fun thing to do. As a greeter I have met so many lovely people from all over the world. I especially enjoyed showing a solo traveler how to use the subway and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. She was afraid to leave her hotel until we met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a greeter and office volunteer since 2002 and have enjoyed both roles. Meeting people from all over the world and showing them the things I love about the City is a wonderful and rewarding experience. Some visitors were afraid to venture out on their own but once I showed them how to use the subway and walk the streets, they loved New York City. And, being in the office with so many talented and dedicated people is a real blessing. It's a great way to stay connected and help a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer greeter since 2017. It is so rewarding to see how visitors embrace my city and to think I had a hand in making them feel more comfortable through their knowledge of the city. Big Apple Greeter might have been designed originally for the visitor, but it certainly benefits the volunteer greeter in countless ways.

3 Viv K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello dear people:
I visited New York in October, 2016. My Big Apple Greater was Peter Schulhof (big hug if he reads this post). We saw the Borough Hall and court area of downtown Brooklyn, and then walked along one of the streets of Brooklyn Heights to a section that includes several Middle Eastern shops and an interesting food shop called Sahadi’s which we visited. Then , we explored some of the pleasant streets of Brooklyn Heights (a designated historic district) including your promenade with its spectacular view of the skyline of the financial district of downtown Manhattan. We also walked a little while in the new Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River, and see a part of the trendy DUMBO ( Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) where we had lunch in a fancy restaurant. After that, Peter also accompanied me to the entrance of the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge for me to walk to Manhattan on the bridge. He also taught me how to use the subway! Appart from helping me with all his guidance and instructions, Peter also made me feel "at home" in that, my first visit to your amazing, lovely, fantastic, and ever loved city. Thanks to all of you for having been there for me.

2 Thomas G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter is a terrific organization that allows individuals to represent New York City. Visitors coming to our city have an opportunity to walk through our beautiful neighborhoods and learn about its people, architecture and history at no cost.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friendly Big Apple Greeter showed me around in Harlem. A New Yorker showing his view on his home town and sharing what he knows was a special experience. To look at what he sees and what is interesting to him was a wonderful opportunity to delve into the most beautiful sights of this part of the City. I recommend a tour to everybody travelling. It is also an opportunity to not only be a tourist, but „being a New Yorker“ for some time and start to love the place from a personal view. The organization of the meeting was exceptionally good and was very well informed all the time about the procedure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer greeter with B.A.G. for about six years, I can truly attest to the immensely positive effect of the person-to-person experience of a Greet on visitors when they come to New York. Instead of the very impersonal contact with sales clerks, taxi drivers, head waiters, etc., a Greet with a B.A.G. volunteer presents a unique opportunity for visitors to experience an extended interaction with a New Yorker -- hopefully (and in my experience nearly universally) leaving the visitor with the feeling that this city is a warm and welcoming place and engenders a wish to return often in the future.

A number of the visitors I meet with have done just that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a one-on-one organization, I know of none more effective then Big Apple Greeters at offering visitors to New York City an opportunity to visit some of the most interesting areas in the company of a New Yorker with nothing to sell and absolutely no ax to grind. As a Greeter, my aim is to showcase the city in a way that leaves my visitors with the feeling that New York is a friendly, welcoming place -- and, hopefully, the wish to come back often.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as a greeter volunteer and find the position truly rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with visitors from all over the world. It is a lovely way to show visitors our beautiful city, it's architecture, multi ethnic cuisine, the history attached to various neighborhoods, our parks And historic sights. In addition friendships are formed and I wind up maintaing connections with many of our visitors. The Greeter's program is a wonderful way to showcase our magnificent city..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Volunteer Greeter at Big Apple Greeter. As easy as NYC is to get around in, it can be quite daunting to visitors who are not used to a big city. I once had a visit with a couple from Louisiana and they told me that when they came from the airport and first viewed our beautiful skyline they freaked out. They live 50 miles from the nearest store and couldn't imagine wondering around the canyons of NYC. If I had not met them at their hotel lobby to show them how safe and easy NYC is they would never have left their hotel. After our visit they emailed me and told me that they had wonderful adventures around the city and that they would surely return with family members. I've had so many wonderful stories about how visitors lives were changed because of the opportunity to see NYC with a Greeter. Greeters are a major gateway of friendship and kindness to those that visit our great city. Americans as well as foreigners see NYC in a whole new light because of their experiences with us. We need all the support we can get to keep up this important good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter has my vote. I have been a volunteer Greeter since its inception. Every one of my visitors has expressed how grateful they are to see NYC with a Greeter and what a difference it has made in their trip.

Some of my visitors have returned a few times and so have their friends and family members because of the wonderful experience they had.

I became a Greeter because people who were never here had misconceptions of our great city. Ever since becoming a Greeter I have had the opportunity to help make a tremendous difference to how people view NYC and Americans in general.

If you care about New York City as much as we do and are aware of how important Big Apple Greeter is we hope you can help keep us going.

Please do not let this valuable organization become a forgotten memory in the eyes of the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a big apple greeter for just little over 4 months. I have had many successful visits since I have started in December 2011 one week before the new year. I am NYC born and raised and love showing people the place that I call home. Many of the visitors like seeing NYC through the eyes of an everyday New Yorker and not a tour guide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at this organization for approximately 10 years and it provides me with one of the most socially satisfying things that I do in the world. It gives me the opportunity, on an almost weekly basis, to accompany many interesting people and show them New York, my city, through my own eyes. I believe that this presents an extraordinary opportunity for many visitors, and likewise enriches the lives of volunteers, such as myself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Big Apple Greeter for approximately 9 years. During that time, I have done visits with literally hundreds of visitors to New York City, many of them from French speaking countries and do the vast majority of my visits in French.

These visits have given me the opportunity to share many off the beaten track views of New York and have allowed for many cultural exchanges with our visitors. These meetings have helped to show the New York that few tourists see and have helped them to see comparisions with their own cultures and governmental systems.

I have taken visitors to far flung locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and have shown them areas scarcely covered in guide books such as Victorian Flatbush and Brighton Beach with its Russian ambiance. I have likewise done visits to Clinton, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, and lower Manhattan and have both taught and learned a great deal.

This organization provides access that is unmatched for this group of visitors. I believe in and support this organization and average 40 to 50 visits per year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. They match visitors to NYC with residents who then take the visitors out on a walking tour of the City. The tour generally covers the Greeters favorite spots, often off the beaten track. It is a great people to people program and humanizes the visitors NYC experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A was born and grew up in Brooklyn eventually getting a free education at Stuyvesant HS and an engineering degree at CCNY. I owe much to this great city and giving back by sharing it with visitors has been a true pleasure. Big Apple Greeter connects me to visitors from every corner of the globe. They employ both internet technology and person to person contact to make it all happen. I hope this valuable organization does not fall victim to the cut backs during this recession. It would be a shame.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The strength of Big Apple Greeter is in its person-to-person experiences. These flow back and forth from volunteer to visitor. We always like to think we have added something special to a visitor's time in New York but the proof is in being passed along from visitor to visitor's friend, over and over again. It's the joy of having repeat visits from the same family and watching their children grow up; it's also the sadness of watching that same family go through the illnesses that afflict people everywhere. We come to know these people remarkably well just during a day out together because it's a non-stop conversation. It's a really great experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were in NYC twice the last couple of years and on both occasions a BAG showed us around and told us all we wanted to know and more. It was really great! We would like to recommend BAG to everyone who is going to visit the BA. These volunteers know their city and the stuff they can tell you is not in the tourist guidebooks. And furthermore, they are nice people. Please continue your servives and we will definitely return tp NYC another time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a former BAG volunteer. This program allowed me to meet some of the most interesting people. Many of the visitors that I helped were most grateful indeed. BAG Program is something that helps NYC in many ways. It builds awareness and it shows the capabilities that New Yorkers have as World citizens.
Please contribute to this great organization and make a viable alternative to potential visitors to the Big Apple.
Long Live Big Apple Greeter and it's amazing staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been in nyc at january 2011. I'm french. I've had a wonderful experience with a greeter who showed me some brooklyn neighborhoods. A very informative visit with someone who has a wide knowledge of his borough and knows how to let tourists like me get interested on them. An experience who should be tried by all those who are interested in nyc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered to photograph some of the tours Big Apple Greeter has given tourists here in New York. I go with the Greeter and the few tourists on their trip and photograph the tour.
While I am not the client served, I have found these tours to be just great. They have gone to neighborhoods I have never seen and the guide has taken us around the neighborhood with enthusiasm and a continuing talk and anecdotes about the neighborhood. The Greeters are "natives' to the neighborhoods they show and really love where they live. I find them fascinating and see how the clients do, too. What's more, they give the clients, often from overseas, a chance to spend half a day with a real New Yorker

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Client Served

Rating: 4

On my first visit to the US last year, I had just over a day in New York. As a travel writer, I was keen to veer off the usual tourist route, for an insight into this high energy metropolis. I could achieve my objective, thanks to a Big Apple volunteer.
She was punctual and greeted me at my hotel, with an apple - most apt for the brand. But for her, i wouldnot have got delightful a tour of Greenwich village and a combined lesson on its history, geography and philosophy.
More importantly, talking to her human to human, i could largely realise my objective of understanding the concerns, motivation and attitude of average New Yorkers - something a professional guide with his practiced script and monetary motive wouldnot have delivered.
She had the metro tickets for both of us, but politely declined my natural gesture of paying for her lunch, and a book as a tocken of my gratefulness!
Big Apple Greeters is a great idea!

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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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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.

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1 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are from Australia and in October 2010 my husband, son & I stayed in New York for 3 days and had the priviege of having a volunteer from Big Apple Greeter show us around New York. This experience far exceeded my expectations and we got to see a lot of New York that we otherwise would not have seen. The volunteer was very knowledgable and we learnt heaps of stuff about New York which we otherwise would not have known if we were on our own. Also got to see some different residential areas when we side-tracked off the normal tourist path.

It certainly was the best way to see New York from a locals perspective

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with this wonderful organization for two years. It helps new visitors navigate the city, gets many of their questions and concerns answered, and gives them a very positive view of New York (great for future tourism in the city) and Americans. They also realize that they don't have to be multi-millionaires to enjoy the city, as they learn about the many reasonably-priced assets to enjoy. Most of the time I take them to Brooklyn, and that is a real eye-opener for most guests --they often look at the borough as a dangerous place, and then are amazed at the beautiful residential areas, great restaurants and shops, and friendly people. Often, other New Yorkers on the subways, for example, will hear me talking to the visitors, and chime in with more information and help. I think it helps to spread good will in the world view of Americans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an office volunteer doing graphic design with Big Apple Greeter for over 6 years. As a lifelong New Yorker, this experience has given me the opportunity to take part in an organization that truly expresses the love I have for New York.

Every member of Big Apple Greeter has an enormous love of this great city (and all its boroughs) and a desire to share "their New York" and all it has to offer with visitors from near and far. Almost every member is a volunteer, and — unlike most NY tour companies — every tour is free and personal.

These personal tours give visitors more reason to come back to visit New York again and again. This is why it's so important to keep this organization alive.

In addition, Big Apple Greeter was the inspiration for Greeter programs worldwide, thus forming the Global Greeter Network. This reiterates the effect B.A.G. has had on people across the world, bringing our large world closer together by forming wonderful lasting memories and experiences.

I recently went abroad and took a tour with Paris Greeter, a sister organization. The volunteer on that tour expressed how much he enjoyed his own Big Apple Greeter tour when he visited New York, and what a large inspiration it has been to the whole greeter network.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On January 5, 2011, I had a literal "private" tour with a fine greeter with Big Apple Greeters. I was in NYC with my husband (who was on business), and though I had been to NYC many times previously, there are still so many areas of the city which I haven't experienced. Hence, signing up for a tour with Big Apple Greeters. Since it was only myself in our tour, my greeter met me in the lobby of my hotel, and we had a wonderful day walking (and walking and walking!), first across the Brooklyn Bridge (where I learned so much about the history of the building of the bridge itself), then into Brooklyn itself. We spent a little time in the area nearest the bridges, looking at the architecture, and taking photos from the Promanade, which gives marvelous views of the entire Manhattan skyline. We walked back across the East River via the Manhattan Bridge, and I learned more history of the area as we walked and talked. The Manhattan Bridge comes into Chinatown, so we walked through there, eating lunch at a popular noodle shop in Chinatown. My guide even took me to a specialty fish store in Chinatown (after he learned I volunteer at an aquarium in FL), where specialty koi and ornamental carp are sold, which was most interesting. After a tour of Little Italy, we ended up on the Lower East Side, concluding our tour. What a fun day it was, and with Big Apple Greeters, one ends up not only learning so much about New York City, but making a new friend (in your greeter) as well!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

We went to New York 3 years ago and had an Apple Greeter help us one day. My only comment is not to try and do too much in one day. We rode a subway, saw Wall Street, Twin Towers, and a couple of neighborhoods. The greeter was nice. If and when we get to go back to New York we will call on the Apple Greeters again. Everyone that is coming for the first time will have a better knowledge of New York.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for BAG as an office volunteer just a few months after 9/11 when the city was still struggling with the aftermath of that horrible day, and trying to get visitors to return to NYC. Not only are the people behind BAG some of the most amazing, warm, friendly and welcoming people I have ever met, but they spread their love and devotion to this city among visitors from all over the world unconditionally, every day. Many of my friends and family have since used Big Apple Greeter and they were all blown away by the knowledge and passion these people bring to their visits.
BAG is undoubtedly one of the most unique and special organisations New York City has and the fact that there are "Big Apple Greeter" organisations in many big cities in the world now goes to show how important they are to the tourism concept of a destination.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My one and only visit to the US was in 2001 when I spent a few days in New York with friend to celebrate my birthday. The day that we spent with the Big Apple Greeter guide was the best day of our holiday and one I will always remember. We felt like we had seen parts of the city that we wouldn't have visited on our own and we met a number of native New Yorkers that we would never have met without our guide taking us to places that were off the tourist track. Everyone that we met was friendly and pleasant. We had experienced the legendary rudeness of the US customs service and the lovely New Yorkers that we met more than made up for it! Both my friend and I have treasured memories of our time on New York and would recommend the Big Apple Greeter programme to anyone who visits the city.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a lifelong New Yorker and a travel editor. I became curious about how visitors actually experience my home city. I started volunteering with Big Apple Greeter 1 1/2 years ago. I've had so much fun showing visitors one of my favorite unknown neighborhoods, DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. In a 20-minute walk from the York station on the F subway line, I show visitors 4 centuries of history and tell them the stories of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, George Washington's defeat at the Battle of Brooklyn, Walt Whitman's editorial stand against slavery at the Brooklyn Eagle, and the evolution of the area from Native American land to Dutch farm settlements to one of the biggest industrial producers in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to its current incarnation with pricey condos, New York's newest waterfront parks and upscale shops. We always stop at Jacques Torres for chocolate, and I point out little details like the Belgian blue paving stones underfoot, the old narrow-gauge railway tracks, the wooden water towers atop the old buildings, and my favorite NYC graffiti. I show them a view along the water where in one turn of the head they can see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge, and I show them the Whitman poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" engraved in the railing on the pier where the first cross-river ferry was started by a Dutchman in the 1600s. It's history, architecture, and the grit and triumph of one neighborhood all in one short visit. Depending on their time and interest, I sometimes add in a trip to Coney Island to look at the beach and ride the Cyclone, or to visit the brownstone historic district in Park Slope, with the PS321 flea market and a stop at my favorite friendly pizza place, Pinos. Often my visitors decide to stay or come back to Brooklyn for more after our visit is over, which makes me feel great that I have introduced something special and memorable to their time in NY. Big Apple Greeter is one of those great freebies that anyone can try.

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1 Taryn S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first learned about Big Apple Greeters when we were planning our honeymoon to New York City. It was absolutely one of the best things we did! We truly enjoyed our time with John. He was professional and fun at the same time and we felt completely safe. He was patient with our picture taking. told great stories and maintained a pace that was just right. He provided us with invaluable knowledge about the subway system that we used during the rest of the trip. Whenever we talk about our trip to other people, the subject of Big Apple Greeters always comes up. The organization is a wonderful ambassador for the City the Never Sleeps!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

December 2008, my first visit to New York and after finding Big Apple Greeter on the internet, I applied and was successful to be allocated a volunteer. Tim met us at our hotel at 10.00am and as ouor requested area was Brooklyn, he took us downtown where we proceeded to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge - awsome! Tim took us a walk around Brooklyn, giving us all the local history. He gave an insight on how it was in Brooklyn on 9/11. Although only a short walk from Manhattan, Brooklyn seemed a different world from there - no scryscrapers, only cute little houses with steps up to them - just like you see in the movies. This is something we would never have done on our own - having a "local" to take us around made a world of difference. I can't praise highly enough the real value we experienced by having a Big Apple Greeter. He gave up his Saturday to spend time with strangers, and shared his love and knowledge of Brooklyn with us. I will always remember this experience and it was made possible by Tim.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Big Apple Greeter for 9 years & the experience has
provided me with an unusual opportunity to meet wonderful people
from many places. But most importantly it allows me to show off our
city, and the feedback I've received has been wonderful. Tourists
really seem to appreciate & enjoy a non-tourist view of our
great city. The neighborhoods, small shops, the out of the way little
Chinatown restaurant, the vest pocket parks and the neighborhood gardens.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a visitor to NYC, I was in need of some kind of mechanism of learning the city. What I mean is to get comfortable w/ my surroundings. Big Apple Greeter met me @10 AM at the hostel. We spent the next few hours exploring greenwich village......he was fantastick.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I was born in another country, I know how alien coming to a big city can be. The visitors who I've taken around are really happy to meet and spend time with someone who loves NYC. That's each of us volunteers. Help keep us greeting our guests with love. Clara

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had my first Greet on 9/6/06 and my latest on 2/21/11. In between I've met more than 100 visitors from over a dozen countries and have yet to have a less than a most satisfying experience. Of course I get to learn so much about the visitors but my greatest joy is to have them tell me that they never knew how friendly New Yorkers are. NY still is a city of neighborhoods.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with BIG APPLE GREETER for over 10 years, i've been privileged to show many tourists from different countries the
hidden sites and venues of New York City. My tours usually span between 7-12 hours, using public transport (subway & bus) and foot.
Visitors can't get over the art deco building lobbies and exteriors of many structures i show them. Most often, it's the walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or the neighborhood favourite pizza parlor which enthralls them the most. With Ground Zero and environs as a prime destination, my stories about that fateful day ( 911) bring to life raw emotions and an unforgettable experience. Each visitor comes away from my tours feeling more a native new yorker than a tourist. Big Apple Greeter is a free service to anyone lucky enough to be scheduled with one of 300+ volunteers who give their time and heart as tour guide(s) for a few hours a day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I went from the UK to New York for the first time and a friend recommended we contact Big Apple Greeter. Fantastic! Our volunteer Mel was so knowledgeable and we came away with an experience which we could never have achieved by reading books. In addition to giving us a tour of places unknown he shared all his local knowledge. My two teenage boys said it was a highlight of the trip.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about that organization while planning our trip to NY.

Thanks to this organization, we got the chance to see NY through genuine citizens'eyes. Not only the interesting comments on architecture and history pleased us, but also meeting a guide willing to compare cultures was just great!

Thank you for organizing these nice tours, for free, which makes possible for any budget to visit NY as if you were living there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a Big Apple Greeter has enhanced my life and the lives of our visitors to New York City. I still fondly remember a gal literally jumping for joy at Times Square while screaming, "I've seen this all my life. I can't believe I'm really here." Many of my past visitors e-mail me often and send notes and cards. Some come back to visit N.Y. and always want to meet again. They often send family members and friends to the city and ask to be shown around.
New York couldn't find a better champion than the dedicated volunteers at Big Apple Greeter to promote positive memories for our friends from far away.
Sincerely yours, Sharon Messing

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer Big Apple Greeter for 4 years and it is truly a rewarding experience for both the volunteers and the visitors. For the visitors, they can to experience a day through the eyes of a New Yorker, appreciate the little things about the city not found in a guidebook, and get help navigating a bustling city. I'm confident that when they return home, the time they spent with one of our volunteers was a big highlight of their trip. And I know that firsthand, having been a visitor myself as well when I visited Buenos Aires and signed up for the sister program there. As a volunteer, the programs is very rewarding as we get to meet people from all over the world and share our love for New York with them.

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1 Linda T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Big Apple Greeter for at least 7 years. I met an entire family from Italy who came to NYC for a wedding, two young couples from Germany who loved to travel, a Welsh woman who'd never been outside her village and was traveling along, and many more.

In every case, I was thanked over and over again for sharing my time and showing these visitors parts of New York that they said they would never have seen had they been on their own.

They also enjoyed meeting a real New Yorker, and they learned more about the city and its people through this wonderful organization.


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1 Jeanne D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy meeting people from all over the world as a volunteer with this group. I can practice my French language skills. Many of the people become friends after this tour and we have exchanged information so we can stay in touch.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Big Apple Greeter our trip from France was beyond anything we could have expected. Our wonderful,patient guide took us to special spots we never would have found on our own. The entire afternoon was absolutely delightful and the highlight of our family trip to the Big Apple.

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1 Bonnie F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter does a lot for New Yorkers: it allows us to share our love and knowledge of the city, allows us to pay back all the great gifts the city has given us, teaches us skills and keeps us involved in a community that stretches around the world.

And, personally, it has kept up my computer skills and given me a glimpse into what attracts so many tourists to our city. Big Apple Greeters are friendly guides who are enthusiastic about each visitor's special interests: architecture, food, ethnic enclaves, the financial district, and corners of all five boroughs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a voluteer Greeter for a few years I experienced the positive impact that the service this organization provides has on visitors to NYC. Without exception, every visitor that I greeted had a positive opinion of both NYC and Big Apple Greeters as an organization. Most were amazed at the free service they were offered: a personal Greeter to show them an area of NYC they may not otherwise have seen. However, it is more the one-to-one relationship that a Greeter establishes with a visitor that made the positive impression moreso than anything else. Visitors felt special and priviledged to be able to take advantage of this service.

What makes the service even more incredible is that the organization is run mostly by way of volunteers. It takes a unique and special group to give a service that benefits NYC in so many ways. Big Apple Greeter deserves kudos for this!

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