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Review for Big Apple Greeter, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

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!

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

helping visitors to New York get under the skin of this intimidatingly dynamic city.

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

suggest that the guests be allowed to contact the volunteer, even before landing in NY, for reassurance

Role:  Client Served & I wrote in to Big Apple Greerters requesting for a volunteer to guide me in New York.