Testimonials

Big Apple Greeter Visitors

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Volunteer Chantal Lawrence with visitors Gwenalle Lardenois & David Regis

Arnold was a fabulous host – he exceeded our expectations. He showed us much of the local subculture including Zabars, where we got to experience our first cream cheese and salmon bagel.”
– From Belinda Smith and Kellie Hahn of Australia 9/16/13

“Had a thoroughly enjoyable day with Richard! He showed me some lovely secluded private parks in Manhattan, providing lots of interesting and relevant facts about parks in NYC.”
– From Mrs. Liz Donneley of the U.K. 9/26/13

“Helen was so helpful and nice, and we learned so much about New York history, districts and geography. We saw the city through the eyes of a New Yorker with great explanations, comments and humor!
– From Chapron Fabienne of Germany 9/23/13

“We can not praise Gordon highly enough. He devoted almost seven hours to us and was perceptive enough to know what aspects of New York would interest us. We also gained detailed guidance on how to use several types of public transportation.”
– From Michael Owen of the United Kingdom 10/18/2013

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Harriet was like meeting a new ‘old’ friend. She quickly grasped what we were all about and had many suggestions which were spot ON – things only a local person would know. Please remind us for a donation, since every minute here was precious.”
– From Renee Thibault of Australia 9/16/13

“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 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 that Never Sleeps!”
– Visitor Taryn S.

“…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 [Tim]. 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.”
– Visitor Mary C.

“I recommend Big Apple Greeter to everyone that I know is going to New York City. They are an amazing organization and the highlight of my trips to New York City. I have used Big Apple Greeter on two different occasions and both times I had amazing people showing me around their city. I cannot speak highly enough of the organization because their volunteers are top notch with such great insight into this amazing city.” Visitor Katie M.

“…When you get a BAG you feel you have made a friend in the city where previously you knew no one.”
– Visitor Peck

“The four of us met up with our BAG at 9 am in the hotel lobby and had an absolutely fantastic day with him. He showed us how to use the subway system and took us to some great places of interest all over the city. We would never have done half of this without our Greeter. He made our trip to New York most memorable and if anyone asks us what was the best part of our trip we always say, without hesitation, ‘The Big Apple Greeter’.”
– Visitor Pammy

“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 without the help of a BIG APPLE GREATER is impossible! Thank you Chantal!”
– Visitor Michael

“This is 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 5 days 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. “
– Visitor Jaybird

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Big Apple Greeter Volunteers

“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.”
Retired Volunteer Julian G.

“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…. 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. ”
Volunteer Reva C.

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.”
Volunteer Clara D.”

“…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.”
Volunteer Dan A.

“I’ve been a Big Apple Greeter for over 15 years and there are few pleasures that can compare with it. The reason is because it’s a great joy to show visitors the real New York–the subways, the local shops, and whatever happens to come our way. The city is alive every minute of the day and when I show visitors around, I often don’t “show” them much…the city itself provides great theater, sometimes better than money can buy. Whether it’s a dog run in a local park, how to swipe a MetroCard, or a great view of the skyline, visitors love to see and experience New York as the locals do. But even better than what we see is how people feel about meeting a real New Yorker and finding out about the real magic of the city–its people.”
Volunteer Loraine H.

“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 [visit] is free and personal.
These personal tours [visits] 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.”
Volunteer Jennifer C.

“I’ve personally experienced the results of this organization in “Seeing the smiles on the faces of people as I show them around New York and share my knowledge of, and passion for, the city; and by periodically receiving email messages of thanks, holiday greetings, etc., from all over the world — England, Ireland, Italy, Australia, etc. — as people recall the wonderful, often life-changing experience they had here in New York City.”
Volunteer Todd C.

“Big Apple Greeters is a valuable asset to the tourism experience in NYC. With such a huge amount of attractions and neighborhoods we, as greeters, make the city more accessible and more personal, therefore more meaningful to our tourists.” Volunteer Michael S.

“I have proudly been a Big Apple Greeter since 2008, and I have shown more than 100 people our great city of New York! Big Apple Greeter improves the image of New York City in the eyes of visitors, by giving visitors an intimate view of the city through the eyes of a native New Yorker. These visitors in turn, collectively spend billions of dollars in the city eating at local restaurants, shopping, and supporting businesses such as local mom & pop stores. Big Apple Greeter is an organization worthy of support, as it helped to make New York City one of the number one tourist destinations, not only in the country, but in the world!
“ Volunteer Andrea C.

“Big Apple Greeter is a blessing for multiple cultures and friendships. I have been a volunteer with them for almost 2 years. I can’t tell you how delightful their service is. As a volunteer, I get to welcome people from all over the world by giving them a New Yorker’s vision of The Big Apple. They get to see a side of New York they never would with tour buses or tourist sites, and in return, I have created wonderful friendships with people from all over the world.”
Volunteer Heather M.

Board Chair Mr BoylanBoard Chair Christopher P. Boylan

Big Apple Greeter Board Members
“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!” Board Member Chris Boylan

“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 and affection for New York they would not have otherwise.”
Board Member Vincent Tabone

“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.”
Board Member Steve Swenson

BIG APPLE GREETER IS GOOD FOR NEW YORK CITY

City of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“[Big Apple Greeter’s] commitment to welcoming our City’s many visitors and helping them discover our outstanding cultural and social offerings and dynamic neighborhoods are commendable…”

Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Chair of the City Planning Commission Amanda M. Burden

“The Greeter program brings international attention to the building blocks of our thriving city – our neighborhoods- not just Midtown Manhattan- but Astoria, Arthur Avenue, DUMBO, Snug Harbor. All across the five boroughs, Big Apple Greeter is showing… visitors the New York that isn’t all skyscrapers; it’s a real place that real people live and work in, which enhances New York’s perception throughout the country and the world, helping us keep our reputation not just as the global capital but as a livable city.”

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

“Big Apple Greeter is the ultimate New York City tourism matchmaker, pairing up adventurous visitors with knowledgeable Brooklynites and New Yorkers who are proud to showcase our city’s neighborhoods, from the historic to the traditional to the trendy. We are very appreciative of the enthusiasm and expertise they offer our Brooklyn Tourism office.”

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

“New York City is the top destination in the world – and Big Apple Greeter plays a valuable role in welcoming visitors to our great City. We appreciate the work they do to help out of towners explore our communities, eat at our restaurants and experience our City’s vibrancy and diversity.”

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

“Big Apple Greeter lays out the welcome mat every day to showcase our city’s unique neighborhoods, unparalleled diversity and second-to-none cultural institutions for the entire world to see. Everyone knows how important tourism is to our city and its economy. And everyone should know that Big Apple Greeter is a program that is a tremendous boost to both.”

BIG APPLE GREETER IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

The Durst Organization, President Douglas Durst

“…As a tourist, nothing beats a New Yorker’s perspective on our City. Attracting visitors to New York is good for the City’s economy and burnishes our reputation as not just an exciting tourist destination, but as the center of global commerce, media and technology.”

FOX5 and NY9, Vice President & General Manager Lew Leone

“Big Apple Greeter represents the very best that New York has to offer. New York City is number one by many measures and Big Apple Greeter helps assure that our visitors receive an experience second to none. The Greeters help spread the good news and positive aspects of our city and we can all use more good news.”

Tiffany & Co., Group Vice President, The Americas East Wendy Eagan

“The Big Apple Greeter organization assists tourists in getting around New York, and does so with the help of one of the things tourists are most curious about: New Yorkers. Visiting the city’s fabled landmarks and neighborhoods with volunteer greeters gives tourists a personal connection to the city and adds to an overall positive experience of New York that will remain with them long after they have returned home.”

WCBS-TV President and General Manager Peter Dunn

“WCBS-TV is proud to support all the great work Big Apple Greeter does for visitors of New York City. The volunteer greeters do a remarkable job of welcoming visitors to the diverse neighborhoods as well as providing them with the knowledge and tools to experience what this amazing city has to offer.”

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Big Apple Greeter Promotes Cross-Cultural Understanding

Big Apple Greeter Volunteers

“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. ….. Long Live Big Apple Greeter and its amazing staff.”
Retired Volunteer Julian G.

“I have been a Big Apple Greeter since October of 2007, and I find it very rewarding! It is wonderful to meet people from all over the world. I enjoy showing my city to visitors, and making them feel at home. I love meeting people from different cultures and nations, and there is always a lot to learn from them. It is a mutually beneficial experience, not just for the visitor, but also for the Greeter. The exchange of ideas and customs only leads to better communication and understanding amongst people. Who knows…it could lead to world peace!”
Volunteer Andrea C.

“…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.”
Volunteer Dan A.

“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 [visit] is free and personal.

These personal tours [visits] 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.”
Volunteer Jennifer C.

“I’ve personally experienced the results of this organization in “Seeing the smiles on the faces of people as I show them around New York and share my knowledge of, and passion for, the city; and by periodically receiving email messages of thanks, holiday greetings, etc., from all over the world — England, Ireland, Italy, Australia, etc. — as people recall the wonderful, often life-changing experience they had here in New York City.”
Volunteer Todd C.

“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.”
Volunteer Clara D.

“Big Apple Greeter is a blessing for multiple cultures and friendships. I have been a volunteer with them for almost 2 years. I can’t tell you how delightful their service is. As a volunteer, I get to welcome people from all over the world by giving them a New Yorker’s vision of The Big Apple. They get to see a side of New York they never would with tour buses or tourist sites, and in return, I have created wonderful friendships with people from all over the world.”
Volunteer Heather M.

“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…. 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.”
Volunteer Reva C.

“Big Apple Greeter is not only good for visitors to the city, to the neighborhoods they visit and bring revenue, but most important establishes relationships that encourage more and more visitors to the city again and again.”
Volunteer M. Scharff

“Using Big Apple Greeter is like having a friend in NYC before you had a friend in NYC. I’ve been a Greeter since 1996 and I’ve made many friends within the United States and around the world. I love being a Greeter and sharing my love for NYC with visitors!”
Volunteer J. Murray

“I’m proud to show off the city I love to visitors from all over the USA and the world.”
Volunteer K. Bernstein

“I’m a Big Apple Greeter enthusiast and I promote them every chance I get. When a visitor returns to their home base, they have great memories of a great city and its people. When visitors use a tour service, they still have great memories but the personal touch is missing and that’s what they remember time and time again. Free Friendship!” You go BAGers!” Volunteer E. Lopez
“Big Apple Greeter helps demystify New York in general and introduces real people to visitors on a one to one or two etc., basis. It creates international and national good will through the generosity of the volunteers giving their time and experience.”
Volunteer R. Goldford

“Big Apple Greeter creates relations between nations, between cities, between human beings.”
Volunteer J. Laichmann

Big Apple Greeter Visitors

“Our compliments to our Big Apple Greeter John. We visit New York in May 2008. On the day of our appointment it was raining and John suggested to object the appointment to the next day because the weather forecasts for the next day was good. On that day, Saturday actually the day of shopping with his wife, he showed us the big apple, see in a way we ourselves would not have looked. We had asked for Greenwich, Chinatown. We have seen a lot of these areas. Many of these areas we would not have detected by ourselves, but due to our Apple Greeter we have seen very much. Also he let us taste, for us, things we have never seen and eaten. That was also a very nice experience. It was a very, very kindly man and we loved the way he showed us New York through his eyes. So we hope that a lot of people can enjoy New York with a Big Apple Greeter. It gifs the visit of New York just something more.”
Visitor van Laar, Netherlands

“Big Apple Greeters helped us very well. Thank you, to discover a (little) part, (unknown) city’s sides, ( that the tourist don’t see usually) and to permit us to make a free visit, for example, to take a bus , suburban, taxi, and to use different services , bank(take money) , restaurant (how to pay, tip, it’s different here ) , to see the extraordinaris varios peoples museums , cooking…… At the end to make a visit’s personal selection that it was our choice e very interesting for us … In conclusion an excellent stay Thank you very much.”
Visitor A. Fabre, France

“Our Big Apple Greeter made our visit to NYC special. She was very knowledgeable about her city and its history. We spent a delightful time strolling around SOHO, discovering wonderful stores, and places to eat. We ended our tour in Chinatown eating delicious dumplings. Thanks to Big Apple Greeters we visited parts of NYC that we probably would not have otherwise seen and we saw them through the eyes of a local.”
Visitor J. Heyman, Australia

“We spent a great time with our greeter in the end of March 2009. He gave us so much that we didn’t know how to thank him. Big Apple Greeter is a wonderful idea and thanks’ to all the volunteers, you don’t only visit this great city, but you also share a great human moment. And in the critical times we go through all around the world, it just makes you happier. Thank you so much… And good luck!”
Visitor, Guillaume, France

“We visited the Big Apple in April 2009 with the help of a “Big Apple Greeter”. It was very great. Our greeter (Rena) was fantastic and very kind. A few days after returning in France, we meet a New Yorker in France and we were very happy to receive him at home for a visit of our town (Rouen in Normandy). So that we were be able to give to a New Yorker what another New Yorker gave to us: a little of our time for the pleasure of welcoming a New Yorker. Big Apple Greeter is something very generous and useful for visitors of all the world. Warmest regards”
Visitor P. Caquelard, France

“We (me, my wife and our 2 children) had a wonderful and exciting experience with our greeter when we came from Germany to visit New York. Big Apple Greeter is one of the best ideas to get familiar with the town and the people.
Visitor B. Laumann, Germany

“Myself and two friends were lucky to have experienced the service of a Big Apple Greeter during our short break to New York in May 2003. Our Greeter (sorry forgotten his name but he was an ex – teacher, which made the experience even more interesting as we are all teaching assistants and we discussed the American education system over a lovely lunch in an excellent restaurant in Little Italy which we would never have found without him) enthusiastically showed us areas we would never have visited on our own and ride the subway – even providing us with free day passes! I have recommended the service to friends and colleagues some of which have been disappointed that a greeter was not available during their stay – so there must still be a genuine need for this excellent and free service.”
Visitor J. Mills, England

“Many thanks to Leonor, we spent a fantastic morning with her, discovering many places in New York. I hope we’ll come back in NYC and have the chance to see her again or maybe in France. many many thanks from nadia and sophie.”
Visitor N. Villard, France

“Big Apple Greeters was the best thing about my 12 day New York City trip! Our greeter was absolutely perfect, making us feel safe and comfortable in NYC! We saw and did more in one day than we ever could have done without our greeter. He helped us understand the subway system, and other things that we were afraid to do on our own. Big Apple Greeters is such a valuable service to tourists like myself, who feel like they would have been quite overwhelmed in such a huge city. Big Apple Greeters allows NYC visitors to put a face with a city, giving it a personal touch, and in turn that helps everyone involved! NYC has had a bad reputation for many years: unfriendly, dangerous, unsafe, people won’t look at you, no one will help, etc. After my visit to NYC, I found out that all those things are false, and I feel that Big Apple Greeters is helping to change that negative reputation into a positive one! I love NYC, and I love Big Apple Greeters!”
Visitor T. Berry, Texas

“…My daughter and I visited New York in March 2007 and on our second day, my daughters birthday, we walked with a Greeter through Central Park and surroundings. He showed us some marvelous art-items on and in buildings, we would never have seen without him. We had lunch in his favorite Chinese restaurant; we had coffee in the Central Park Zoo. And he told us how it is to live in this big city. He really made us feel at home. And we looked the following days with different eyes. Yes, New York Greeter is a great idea, because real New Yorkers welcome guests from abroad with a free gift: there love for the city and there spare time…”
Visitor W. van Hoeven, The Netherlands.

“Léa et Vivien! Merci à Big Apple Greeter et à Saul Raw pour cette aventure humaine avec un New Yorkais, passionné par sa ville et qui a su nous transmettre les valeurs de celle-ci. New York est une mosaïque de cultures et de quartiers en évolution permanente. Nous reviendrons dans la “Big Apple”…”
Visitors V. et L. Mommeja, France

“Our visit to New York City will always remain a wonderful, memorable, educational and endearing experience thanks to the magnificent guidance of Big Apple Greeter Chafin Elliott. Not only did we have the pleasure of his company and knowledge, we have also made a friend for life. Chafin’s knowledge, his manner and patience have taught us some valuable lessons in life as well. Thank you Big Apple Greeter, and thank you Chafin.”
Visitors P. & S. Naiker, South Africa

“This is the best idea ever – my husband and I used the program when we visited New York last year. I can’t believe they offer this to visitors for free. We would have been more than willing to pay for what we received – Washington Heights is not an area we would have ever gone to on our own. And the history we learned was fantastic! Our tour guide was amazing and spent more time with us than was required. We will definitely use the program again when we come back to visit. Highly recommend it to anyone visiting NYC that wants to get off the normal tourist track! Thanks New York Greeters!!!”
Visitor N. Sheriff, Australia

“We were fortunate to be provided with Al Riggi who was a great ambassador for your city and for the USA generally. When we return we hope that he can show us a little more as we had time constraints this year.”
Visitor B. Halpin, Australia

“Took advantage of BAG hospitality in 2007 – Brooklyn was the destination and a Russian lunch – something I may not have done. A worthwhile service.”
Visitor M. Young, Australia

“Even though I am originally from NYC, I decided to schedule a walking tour of lower Manhattan with some cousins that had come down from various parts of the country. Jim, our [Greeter] not only taught them a thing or two about lower Manhattan but me as well! The tour was informative, funny, and flat out fantastic. The big apple greeters provide a valuable service to the community by celebrating the diversity and rich history that the greatest city in the world offers!”
Visitor D. Wontakal, California

“Recommend this to everyone! We saw parts of the NYC that we would never have explored on our own. Our greeter gave us insight to the city and people that live there. It also helped us feel more comfortable getting around during our week stay. We look forward to visiting NYC again.”
Visitor V. Kohler, Florida

“Ron Berthel walked with me across the Brooklyn Bridge & around Chinatown & Little Italy. Very enjoyable sightseeing & a new friend. Made a huge difference to my enjoyment of my first experience in the Big Apple. Hang in there Ron & way to go!”
Visitor S. Koh, Singapore

“The Big Apple Greeters are in my opinion New York’s biggest and best kept secret. If it gets others talking half as much as myself and my two teenage daughters did on our return to the UK then you really do have something special. My experience of our Big Apple Greeter was a true gentleman and Ambassador for your city. Out of our four days in New York, the day with the Big Apple Greeter is the most memorable. We will be back all thanks to Dan for making us feel so very welcome.”
Visitor J. Crawford, United Kingdom

“We loved meeting “Peter the Greeter” and seeing much of the Upper West side and hearing about his world. We tell all our friends in Australia about your great service.
Visitor V. Green, Australia

“Last year my friend and I arrived from Australia and had the wonderful experience of being shown around New York by a native New Yorker. We were delighted with his company and what we were able to be see with such a knowledgeable person. We were very grateful to the Big Apple Greeter organization, and would give them as many votes as could be allowable in their quest for support. Big Apple Greeter provides a fabulous service for all Americans who visit New York, but it is even more wonderful that they extend this service to all the world. Go Big Apple Greeter!!!!!!”
Visitor J. Hillman Marks, Australia

“Best thing I did when planning my NY trip. Was taken to places I would never have dreamed about! Keep up the good work; you are truly ambassadors for your city.”
Visitor S. Haywood, Great Britain

“Merci big apple greeters !!!! Grace à vous les greeters naiisent dans differentes régions du monde ! Bonne continuation et GOOG LUCK!”
Visitor M. Serge, France

Global Greeter Network

“We love Big Apple Greeter which is now an amazing international network bringing people together all over the world!”
D. Hounslow, Greeter 62 Pas-de-Calais

Donation Information

Big Apple Greeter is tax-exempt under 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Big Apple Greeter are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To view the most recent version of Big Apple Greeter’s IRS Form 990, please visit GuideStar.

To make a donation by mail, make your check or money order payable to Big Apple Greeter and send to:
Director of Development
Big Apple Greeter
One Centre Street
New York, New York 10007
For phone donations, or for additional information on charitable giving, please contact Elizabeth Holmes, Director of Development, at (212) 669-3146.

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