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Big Apple Greeter

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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.savebigapplegreeter.com

Community Stories

145 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

Before setting off on a family visit to New York in 2007 a friend suggested we look into Big Apple Greeters. I had no previous knowledge but liked the concept of local New Yorkers sharing their story of the great city. The whole New York Greeter experience was wonderful. We felt genuine New York welcome and warmth, we heard stories and visited places we would never have otherwise have known about. The experience gave us exactly the right introduction and set a positive tone for our whole trip. Great experience. Thank you New York Greeters

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We used Big Apple Greeter on our first visit to NY in 2006. It was so memorable, and gave us such confidence in finding our way around the city. So, when we came for our second visit in 2010, we asked for the same Greeter - and had another wonderful day. I recommend Big Apple Greeter (and our greeter in particular) to all our friends who plan a visit, and don't know how we would have managed without it. Our pleasure in staying in NY has been multiplied many times by Big Apple Greeter. Thank you so much!!!!

Nigel, Cathy & Eleanor Gann

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years back my wife and I visited New York for the third time but this time we had set up a 'date' with a Big Apple Greeter for the first time, let's just say we wished we'd know sooner because this made our stay so much more valuable to us. Our personal greeter was a retired Brooklynite named Richard, a wonderful charming man who went out on a limb to show us his Brooklyn and because we're from the Netherlands he showed us how much Dutch influence is still apparent especially in the old part near the Hudson. Richard also introduced me to a local brew named Brooklyn Lager (my wife doesn't drink beer) and it opened my eyes to show me there are american breweries that make beer and lagers that are of the charts. We also visited local grocery shops because we are interested in those and ended up at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We spent a full day with Richard and still think fondly of that day and it's all thanks to him. Words can not do justice to how valuable and wonderful it is what Big Apple Greeter is doing for all visitors.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This service is brilliant! It was the highlight of our entire trip! Our Greeter, Jack Victor, was very knowledgeable and informative and very passionate about New York, which made the experience all that better! Would definately recommend this to anyone visiting the Big Apple! Thank you Big Apple Greeter and Jack Victor!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Visited NYC from the UK last March and had a fantastic tour provided by our Big Apple Greeter, Linda Leff. Linda met us in our hotel lobby, provided us with a travel pass for the day (although we walked and walked and walked!) and showed us some fantastic neighbourhoods that we probably wouldn't have thought to have visited had we gone alone. Her knowledge of the city and its history were second to none. I have already recommended Linda to my sister who is going to NYC next month and will not hesitate to request her services again the next time i visit the Big Apple.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arnold, a founding BAG, and Vibi, were wonderful hosts! Arnold had since emailed me since I returned home to Australia to see if the rest of my NY stay went well and that I had returned home safely!!
Arnold and Vibi shared a 'wealth of information' with me. They even gave me a 'showbag' of goodies- subway map, NY Times Friday Arts liftout etc.
They were extremely generous with their time explaining about NY life etc. I have since recommended BAG to all my friends planning a trip to NY.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m from Holland and went to New York City in July of 2008. A friend of mine recommended Big Apple Greeter. My greeter showed me wonderful places in Manhattan and Brooklyn that most tourists do not get to see ore know about. My greeter also told me a lot about the history of the two places and about all the things we came across on our walk. We walked for hours and I had the best time! My greeter was very nice and told me so much I did not know yet. I’ve been to New York six years earlier, did not know about Big Apple Greeter at that time, and did not see as much then as I did now.
I strongly recommend to contact Big Apple Greeter before you plan on going to New York City and make an appointment with a greeter there. It is so much fun! And after, you really feel you’ve seen en experienced New York City. You get tot see it through the eyes of a true New Yorker.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We applied to BAG from the uk and Catherine our greeter telephoned us before we left the UK, she asked us what our interests were and then met us in the lobby of our hotel. We took a short subway ride and then had a great day walking across brooklyn bridge, saw some of Brooklyn, visited a street film set and then she took us back to Manhatten. A great chance to see New York as it is seen by New Yorkers. I would recommend it to everyone, a great day, Thank you Mike abd Chris UK.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I from the UK requested a BAG with an interest in history.
We got not one but two! The Brillers were a lovely couple who not only took us on a wonderful tour of the city showing us many historical sites but helped us find another when we ran into difficulties with our hotel. When you get a BAG you feel you have made a friend in the city where previously you knew no one. We were luckcy in that we made two

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are from the UK and heard about Big Apple Greeters via The Times. We contacted them and just before our visit received a phane acall from Brad, our BAG. to arrange our tour. Brad met as at the hotel, gave us tips on how to get around NY and then took us downtown and then across the Brooklyn Bridge to "his area" of Brooklyn before he guided us to the sunway to continue our day. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to book again for our next trip in November

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We visited NYC in 2005 and had heard about The Big Apple Greeters. We got a fantastic tour thru Harlem and learned so much. Many thanks to our "Greeter" and the Big Apple Greeters from Germany. We plan to come this year again und surely plan on another tour.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and i are from the UK, visited NYC for the first time in Jone 2010, to celebrate? our 25 th wedding anniversary.
i found an on line link to BAG so we decided to apply - thankfully it was the best decision of the entire trip. Bob was superb, he took us around the chelsea/meatpacking district, to modern art galleries, the pier area, the best deli, to look around some fantastic restaurants etc.
i have recommended this service to many people, and would love to come to NYC again and would use BAG if i was lucky enough to be accepted- a big thankyou to bag- YOU DESERVE IT

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hi, last year we were in New York and organized to meet a big apple greeter in advance. It was great, we have certainly seen things we would never have visited without the greeter.
I can only recommend it to everyone.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ya había estado en Nueva York pero en mi segunda visita y gracias a la voluntaria de Big Apple Greeter tuve otra visión de la ciudad, más cercana a los que allí viven y por lo tanto más próxima a la realidad. Sin duda si no fuera por la voluntaria de Big Apple Greeter esto no habría sido posible.
I had been to New York but in my second visit and thanks to the Big Apple Greeter volunteer had a different vision of the city, closer to those who live there and therefore closer to reality. No doubt if it were not for Big Apple Greeter volunteer would not have been possible.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and I visitied New York and had an amazing time being shown sights we would never have seen without The Big Apple Greeter to show us around. The best ever way to see New York. A fantastic Organisation.

Review from Guidestar

Chris M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having visited NYC few times before, it was time to get to know some more details. We were picked up by our greeter in our hotel and he was showing us around lower manhatten incl. Soho, Tribeca, China Town etc. It was an awesome experience, as we saw places you would never see with "standard" tours or guides. The knowledge and background information he had/knew was just amazing. In total we spent more than 7 hours walking, and having lunch at Katz's Deli. Thanks a lot, it was a wonderful experience, and we will definitely do it again.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

To come from Vienna and visit NYC is amazing.
To explore the city that never sleeps on your own is thrilling.
But to learn mysteries about a special area in NYC withouth the help of a BIG APPLE GREATER is impossible!
Thank you Chantal!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the only way to have the New York experience.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was a great service. The Lady greeter came to meet me at my hotel then she showed my how to use the subway and other things that I wanted to know which gave me the confidence to see the city the following 5days I was there. She then showed me places that I wouldn't have gone to which were really interesting but probably only known to locals. So very helpful.

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Robyn M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a fantastic service!! My greeter was such an amazing guy, he showed us around Charlie showed us the finical district and Brooklyn.
Both me and my family had such an amazing time and saw things we would never have seen otherwise. Charlie provided us with such a great experience, he was with us until 3pm and he was such a joy.

This service is amazing, try and get a greeter you will really not regret it.

Review from Guidestar