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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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City CoPilot Map Malta

We <3 Malta

City CoPilot Map Malta











ICYDK, there’s a giant map of the world in our Lower East Side store and it’s definitely a conversation piece, representing the guests who visit us from all over the world. It’s one of the many reasons we love our business — the chance to meet folks from other cultures and get their take of New York City. (Humble brag: several of our team members are multi-lingual! (Somos capaces de dar instrucciones al metro en español.)

Recently, a guest arrived and stared at the map, frowning. What’s the problem, we asked? He replied: “My country is missing!” “What country? “Malta!” This would not stand. We handed the guest a Sharpie and presto: Malta was on the map.

So we use this post to pledge that should any land be omitted from any current or future maps, guests are welcome to add it. Also, we need to get to Malta ASAP. What hideous scenery, right?

Planet Ware Malta















Photo: Planet Ware

key exchange nyc

Smart Host Tips

key exchange nycWe love our community of hosts. With the recent rash of reported thefts in LA and here in NYC, um, more “x-rated” violations of trust, we want to help you be extra-careful with your hosting. We’ve pretty much seen it all. Here are a few all-too-common mistakes we’ve seen as well as tips to prevent theft, destruction, or, uh, your apartment becoming a dirty movie’s film set.

The most important tip: 

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Know Your CoPilots, Vol. 3: Meet Tristan

Tristan CCP

This is a series on the blog called “Know Your CoPilots” where we show off our knowledgable, friendly, adorable team members. Get to know the third team member featured in our series, Tristan! (And say hi to him when you stop by 166 Allen Street.)

What he loves about City CoPilot:
Seeing the convenience it brings to the neighborhood!

He’s basically a human TripAdvisor:
I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, the US… and I think there might be more.

Favorite spots in New York City, currently:
I go to Pianos on Stanton and Orchard a lot. It’s like three bars in one: they have a back room with EDM, a space for bands, and a bar of course.

Pro tip for someone visiting NYC for the first time:
There’s free comedy on Monday nights at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Chelsea. You have to wait in line, but famous comedians test out material all the time. A friend of mine just saw Amy Schumer perform there.

Need A New York Fashion Week Concierge?

City CoPilot NYFW
New York Fashion Week is soon upon us and the CoPilots are ready to make your #NYFW experience easier. Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a local, our services can make it simpler and stress-free.

Full disclosure: we’re no Choupette, but as longtime New Yorkers, we’re pretty familiar with the needs and demands of the industry. Here’s what we can do for the fashion biz:

  • Secure short-term storage + delivery. We’re like a storage locker, but way more convenient and safer. Are garment bags or gift bags taking up too much room? Drop them off with us. We can also deliver them!
  • Package acceptance. Use FedEx or couriers much? Yep, we’ll sign for your stuff and store it safely until you’re ready to pick it up.
  • Key exchange. Hosting guests or lodging in someone’s place during Fashion Week? Our in-store key exchange is the best way to ensure safe and reliable key delivery, plus we can arrange cleanings and more.

Book your NYFW concierge services

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City CoPilot Can Accept Your Cyber Monday Purchases!

Do you smell it in the air? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us and that means one thing for most New Yorkers:

Followed by this:
missed package rage

Save yourself a missed package-induced rage stroke and unncessary worry ahead of the upcoming shopping season: give yourself our unlimited package acceptance service for just $15 a month!

You’ll get the peace of mind of knowing that expensive gift for you mom is safely stored at our 166 Allen Street storefront, not sitting in your lobby with a “Steal me!” sign on it, or worse, languishing on North Brother Island with Garol.

Sign up today!


Photos: FishBox, College Candy

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!


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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Be A Super Host & Give Your Guests One Of Our Welcome Baskets!

Want to be a super host and get even better reviews? Give your guests a City CoPilot welcome basket. Hospitality = more stars = more guests. City CoPilot now offers hosts the option to include welcome packs in our other packages.

We’ve got options for a wide range of guests, from those who love jorts (ironically) and cheep beer to, let’s say, more refined palates.

The Hipster Pack: $14 SOLD OUT!

Hipster Pack- $14

The Refreshing Health Pack: $19 SOLD OUT!

  • Seasonal fruits
  • Assorted nuts
  • Two bottles of SmartWater

Health Pack- $19 (1)

The Refined Wine & Cheese Pack: $39 SOLD OUT!

  • September Wines Weekly Bottle Selection (they got classy s**t)
  • Local assortment of cheeses

refined Pack- $39

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