Daily Newser plays Big Apple ‘greeter’ to adventurous tourists in Queens
By Lisa L. Colangelo
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Newser Lisa Colangelo (leaning on fence) shows Netherlands tourists (l. to r.) Pascual and Roelyke Gallego the sights at Gantry Plaza State Park, aided by Big Apple Greeter Suzanne Paliotta.
The assignment seemed simple enough – the Daily News wanted me to serve as a Big Apple Greeter for a day and take some visitors off the beaten tourism path.
I was a natural for at least part of the task. I’m a native New Yorker, having lived, worked and gone to school here for all but 10 years of my life.
The tour guide part? Not so much.
Gail Morse of Big Apple Greeter set me straight. They are not, she repeated, not a tour company.
“A greeter shows a visitor around the way a friend or a family member would show someone around,” said Morse. [Read more…]