Here’s what our volunteers say:
“I became a Big Apple Greeter because my grandfather has been one for over 10 years. He would come home with all these amazing stories about these interesting people he met.
Being a Big Apple Greeter is so rewarding because I get to show people the True New York. There’s nothing like showing visitors my neighborhood and seeing them get excited about the places I love.”
– Nikki Padilla, Queens
“When I give customized visits of New York, I take people into the ‘unseen’ Manhattan, the corners that nobody knows about. I talk about the people, the businesses and stories that breathe life into NYC. That’s what makes Big Apple Greeter unique.
Too often tourism is about mass marketing. This is the ultimate person-to-person, word of mouth communication. When you support Big Apple Greeter, you benefit from that relationship.”
– Lester Barnett, Manhattan
“As a Big Apple Greeter, I get to show visitors where I grew up in the Bronx – up by Fordham Road – and places I love – like around Yankee Stadium and Arthur Avenue, the real ‘Little Italy’ with great restaurants.
My visitors get a true view of New York. I get to hang out with terrific people and show off my city. Best of all, it’s free!”
– Matthew Dallas, Bronx