Big Apple Greeter

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Native New Yorkers—all volunteers, many multilingual—accompany visitors through the tapestry of City neighborhoods, including their own, all for free. Begun in 1992 by a New Yorker who worried about her City’s image abroad, Big Apple now has some 300 greeters to help ensure tourists get more out of their stay. Since its inception, this program has welcomed more than 75,000 visitors from all 50 states and 124 countries, with visits conducted in 22 languages.

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