Here are answers to many of the more Frequently Asked Questions for New York City Visitors.
A Greeter visit is informal, unscripted, and does not follow a pre-set itinerary as a public walking tour would. During the Greeter visit, if the Greeter thinks of something the visitors might like to see or do, then they can quickly change plans and go in a different direction.
Visitors often ask to see “the less touristy places” in New York City. Greeters and visitors will then go off the beaten tourist path to neighborhoods in all 5 boroughs where New Yorkers live and work; places where many visitors never think of going!
Big Apple Greeter is an independent not-for-profit organization and is not a part of the New York City government. We receive financial support from corporations, foundations and individuals.
It takes a big office to handle over 7,000 requests a year. With over 300 volunteer Greeters, 35 volunteers in the office, and two staff, we still need cash to meet certain expenses, such as insurance, accounting services, office equipment and supplies, internet access, web hosting, printing, and salaries. In order to cover these expenses, we ask that you please make a donation so that Greeters can continue to meet visitors from around the world.