Big Apple Greeter was founded in 1992 by Lynn Brooks as the first “welcome visitor” program of its kind in the United States. On her extensive travels around the work, Lynn realized that almost everyone she met wanted to visit New York City, but some were a little intimidated. She wanted the world to know York City as she did: a great big small town with diverse neighborhoods, mom-and-pop stores, fun places to dine, and friendly residents who go out of their way to help a visitor feel welcome.
The mission was created to accomplish the following goals:
-Promote a friendly, inviting, manageable image of New York City
-Bolster tourism and to foster economic development
-Create opportunities for New Yorkers to show pride in their city and give back to their city through volunteering
Big Apple Greeter builds bridges between people and cultures, and promotes cross-cultural understanding. Greeters welcome visitors from all over the world, and visitors go home with a better appreciation of the diversity of New Yorkers and all Americans.