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Luggage Storage And Pizza: A NYC Love Story

New York City is the place for pizza and Team City CoPilot eats our fair share of pie, so check out our favorite pie shops from Midtown Manhattan to East Williamsburg in Brooklyn!

Motorino. Motorino may be a global chain but their New York City locations make you feel like a local. We recommend the Sopressata Super Piccante. Team City CoPilot frequents their East Village location, just up the road from our Lower East Side luggage storage location on Allen Street.

Gruppo. You like thin crust? You’ll love Gruppo then. Located in Alphabet City near Tompkins Square Park, this New York original is perfect for families because it opens early and it’s pretty affordable. (They also a great wine selection for thirsty parents.)

Amadeus Pizza. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, Amadeus has two convenient locations near our Times Square luggage storage location: one on 8th Avenue and 49th street (just two blocks from the Greyline Visitor’s Center) and another at 408 8th Avenue. It’s the perfect pizza spot if you’re traveling to or from Penn Station or seeing a show at Madison Square Garden. Trust us on this: try the garlic knots.

Roberta’s. Roberta’s is truly a Brooklyn staple. You may wait in a line to eat here, but this Bushwick staple is worth it. The El Supremo pizza does not disappoint.

Williamsburg Pizza. Full disclosure: with two pizza shops so close to our luggage storage location in Williamsburg and in the Lower East Side, we eat a lot of Williamsburg Pizza. The Grandma slice is our hands-down fave!

It’s impossible to hold a slice and schlep your luggage on the streets of New York, so be smart and store your bags will us while you grab a slice. You can choose from our multiple locations for luggage storage in the East Village, West Village, Midtown Manhattan or Williamsburg Brooklyn. City CoPilot’s your wingman in the city for safe secure locker or baggage storage in NYC and pizza recommendations.

Photo: Williamsburg Pizza
Merchant's House Musuem

Do Not Miss This East Village Historical Gem: Merchant’s House Museum

The East Village’s Merchant’s House Museum on 29 East Fourth Street is a fantastic place for history buffs and fashionistas alike to visit. The Merchant’s House Museum, formerly known as the Old Merchant’s House and the Seabury Tredwell House, is the only nineteenth-century family home in New York City that’s still intact inside and out. And this piece of preserved history is right here in the East Village!

Its upcoming exhibition, “The Changing Silhouette of 19th Century Fashion: The Decade of the 1830s,” opens Thursday, July 20 — couture fans will drool at the fashions and history buffs will love the exhibits. And there’s more: every Thursday evening in July, they do “Summer Evenings in the Garden” with no reservation needed!

If it’s your first or last day visiting the East Village, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. Don’t forget you can always store your luggage at the City CoPilot location on Allen Street a short walk from the Merchant’s Museum. And don’t miss these other spots to experience the East Village like a local!
Photo: Merchant's House Museum

Got A Late Check-In? Here’s How To Make The Most Of Your First Day In New York City

A lot of our customers from West Coast fly the red-eye into New York City, arriving super early in the morning. In theory this is a win, because they get in a full day of sightseeing in on their first day, but what happens when you can’t check-in to your hotel or Airbnb before 3 pm?

You come to City CoPilot! Here’s our step-by-step guide to have an amazing New York City adventure after an early arrival or before a late check-in.

  1. Pre-book your transportation from the airport with City CoPilot. It’s the best price in town. Go here to reserve with our exclusive discount.
  2. Store your luggage at one of our three locations in NYC.
  3. Once your luggage is securely stored at City CoPilot, it’s time for fun! Here are our recommendations:
    • One World Observatory.  The 360-degree view of Manhattan is the best view in town. It takes less than 30 minutes to get to the Observatory from all City CoPilot locations:
      • From the Lower East Side, walk to the Essex Street subway station located at Essex and Delancey Streets. Take the J Train going towards Broad Street and get off at the Fulton Street Station. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from the station to the Observatory.
      • From Brooklyn: take the J Train at the Hewes Street station heading towards Manhattan and get off at the Fulton Street station.
      • From Times Square, head to the 50th Street subway station and catch the downtown E Train to World Trade Center, then get off at the Chambers Street station.
    • The Oculus. Once you’ve finished at the Observatory, you can take a quick walk to this architectural masterpiece. (No really, it looks like a huge spaceship inside.) There’s also a shopping mall and restaurants nearby.
    • Chinatown. By now, you’re probably going to be hungry so we recommend taking a short walk to historic Chinatown for lunch. The famous Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been around in some form since 1920. It’s been a bakery, kitchen, and now, it’s a dim sum and tea house. It’s still got a vintage vibe. We recommend the fried sesame balls with lotus paste!
    • Little Italy. You need dessert, right? We highly recommend indulging with a cannoli at Ferrara Bakery.
  4. Check-in time! Pick up your luggage at City CoPilot. We’re here for all your concierge needs.
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Experience New York’s East Village Like A Local

Whether it’s your first or last day visiting New York City, you should not miss the avenues of Alphabet City in the East Village.

The story of the East Village is history and a mixing of cultures. (RIP, CBGB.) The legacy of the riots in Tompkins Square Park the 1980s gave way to the peaceful protests against racism and xenophobia of late. And the neighborhood’s vast multicultural influences make it the place for good food and drinks. Here’s all the must-see East Village spots to eat, drink, and shop like a local.

Mr. Throwback. You can spend hours in the popular 1990s-era retro store that sells sports apparel, sneakers, video games, and toys. Need a gift? Start here.
Crif Dogs. An East Village original, the hot dog shop serves custom mouth watering dogs that you will not find anywhere else.
Tokio 7. One of New York’s larger upscale consignment shops, you can find second-hand designer and vintage clothing, shoes & accessories. It’s the perfect spot to find that one-of-a-kind vintage Ramones tee.
Minca. Hands down the best Ramen in New York City. Take our word for it.
Death and Company. This is not a funeral home. It is one of the Village’s most iconic speakeasys. The bartenders, dressed in bow ties and suspenders, mix a variety of specialty cocktails. Get there early — there’s always a line.
National Ukrainian Home. Also called Ukrainian East Village, this tucked away restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside you’ll find the most delicious pierogi and the coldest vodka in town. It’s been in the neighborhood for over 50 years.
Sunny and Annie’s Deli. Want the best sandwich ever? Don’t judge this deli by its cover. Inside, it has the most creative twists on banh mi and the classic egg sandwich in the city. (You won’t know you like pineapple and spicy red pepper pesto together until you eat here.)

If you explore the spots on our list, don’t forget to store your luggage at our safe and secure Lower East Side location! City CoPilot is a super-short walk to the East Village and all of these amazing spots. Enjoy your last day luggage-free so you can walk, shop, drink and take in one of our favorite NYC neighborhoods.

Batman Will Be On The Lower East Side This Weekend

The heat in New York City has been rough this week, but this Saturday the temp will be back in the high 60s! So get outside and checkout these awesome happenings:

  • Batman is having an art show! Well… Val Kilmer is having an art show on Eldridge Street at Woodward Gallery. Details here.
  • Brooklyn Half Marathon! If you’re not running, cheer someone on drink in hand.
  • Schiller’s Liquor. One of our favorite bar on Rivington Street will be closing at the end of summer… Go there before it is too late 🙁

Photo: Gavin Thomas

Brooklyn Luggage Storage And Lunch

Brooklyn luggage storage and lunch? We have you covered.

Are you traveling to New York City and want to make the most of your last day? Spend it in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! It’s home to awesome cheese, chocolates, and don’t forget: lunch!
It’s also convenient. Drop off your bags at our Brooklyn luggage storage location then explore the fun spots in Williamsburg. We’re a short cab ride over the Williamsburg bridge, and close to La Guardia by car or cab and to JFK by train or car/cab. Here are some of our favorite lunch outposts:
  • DotoryLocated at 353 Broadway, it’s a 3 minute walk away from our storefront. This cute spot has some of the best Korean food in the city. We opt for the lunch special, a perfect balance of seafood, rice, veggies and of course, a fried egg.
  • Rosamunde Sausage GrillWant a juicy bratwurst and cold beer? This is the place. The best part: you can get in and out for $10.
  • Sweetgreen. Amped for ramp season? This is the place: healthy, always reliable and local.
  • Clems. Sometimes vacation calls for a liquid lunch. And they also have free popcorn!
City CoPilot Brooklyn: Luggage + lunch = done.
Hope to see you soon!
Getting to JFK Airport

Non-Touristy Things to Do in NYC

Are you planning a trip to New York City? If so, you’re likely trying to figure out what you’ll do during your stay. You might be looking into some of the great sightseeing tours or planning to head to some of the city’s most popular destinations. And if so, that’s great! However, if you’re looking for non-touristy things to do in NYC so you don’t have to fight through crowds or pay and arm and a leg, you’ve come to the right place.

To make your stay more enjoyable, we’ve rounded-up some of the best things to do in New York that won’t have you fighting a ton of tourists. So, be sure to add these things to your itinerary for your next stay in the Big Apple… 

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Autumn In New York City: 5 Things You Must Do

Autumn in New York isn’t just a horrible movie with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, it’s also the greatest time of year in the greatest city in the world. There’s a chill in the air. New Yorkers take deeper breaths when they step outside their front doors. Hipsters pair jorts with a flannel shirt, for warmth. The restaurants have run out of rosé. FALL IS ALMOST HERE!

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Here are 5 things you should not miss in the Big Apple in October and November, unless you know, you hate fun and merriment and sweaters.

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Exclusive CoPilot Photography Class Discount!

Calling all burgeoning shutterbugs, people who want take better travel pics, or insecure folks who want more Instagram likes: the City CoPilots have an esss-clusive offer for you. Right now, we’re offering 20% off on photography classes with the talented JP. Sign up here to get your discounted class rate. And share your new talents with the hashtag #CoPilotSnaps because we’ll regram and share our faves on Facebook and Twitter.

BTW are you following us on Instagram? You should because we took the class, and we share pretty cool s**t if we do say so ourselves.

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