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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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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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5 Awesome Things To Do In The Lower East Side This June

It’s practically summertime in the Lower East Side, and as your neighborhood front desk, here’s what you should NOT miss in our beloved ‘hood this June:

  • Every Monday night at 10 PM: Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock and Roll Karaoke Band. Um, two words: LIVE KARAOKE. Bonus: it’s free and Mondays usually blow. Shout out the existential ennui until your voice is gone. What is there to say on Tuesdays, anyway?
  • June 7: Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival at the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum. Um, the name sells itself. We really don’t need to expound on this any more.

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  • June 14: DayLife. Get your life — your DayLIFE. This outdoor fest up and down Orchard Street offers the best in our ‘hood’s food, fashion, music, games and art. The theme is literally: “Let’s celebrate warm weather!!!” See you there. (We’ll be the ones holding up the line at the Insomnia Cookies booth.)
  • June 22: Find your holiest flannel and throw out your shampoo: SOUL ASYLUM IS PLAYING AT THE BOWERY BALLROOM. We might have played “Runaway Train” over and over and over and over on our DiscMan as youths, because feelings.

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  • June 24: The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown at Sara Roosevelt Park. Ok, so it’s not a basketball game; it’s actually a soccer tournament between the NBA legend and other b-ball players versus Italy’s World Cup star, Alessandro Del Piero, and his hot-legged friends. The s***t talk will on point. (It’s also an excuse to brag that Copilot Maggie played b-ball in COLLEGE. COLLEGE, not high school.)

See you there, kweens!

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City Copilot NYC Travel Hack: The J Train to JFK

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Do not be afraid.

Picture it: Sicily, 1922 City Copilot’s storefront, last month.

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We’re chatting with an adorable family from Italy who are safely and securely storing their luggage with us before their evening flight back to Rome from JFK. They tell us they’ve been staying in midtown.

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“Go on,” we say.

Currently, most of City Copilot’s luggage dropoffs are from folks who are staying downtown, not above 42nd Street. “Why did you choose to store your luggage down on the Lower East Side?”

“We planned it so that on the last day, we’d store our luggage with you, then visit the 9/11 Memorial and the Tenement Museum, eat at Russ & Daughters, then grab our bags from you and just hop on J train to JFK.”

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So to anyone planning to stay in Midtown Manhattan or above 14th Street: the J train can be your New York City airport travel copilot. City Copilot (located at 166 Allen Street) is literally STEPS from the Bowery stop. You needn’t miss out the Lower East Side, East Village, Chinatown or Little Italy.

Drop off your bags with us, hit up these great neighborhoods, pick up your bags in our air conditioned storefront, get on the J, and boom: you’re at JFK.

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And this also serves as a reminder to New Yorkers: don’t fear it. The J is the Abbi to JFK’s Ilana. It’s a beautiful relationship.

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Photos/GIFs: Sound On Site, YouTube, Buzzfeed, MTV, Kevin Rye, Kostume Girl’s Closet 

Getting To JFK, LGA & Newark: 5 Struggles We Can Solve For You

You touch down in New York City. You’re pumped. There are four ways you can get to your destination:

  1. Stand in line for a taxi and pay a flat rate.
  2. Schlep your luggage in our city’s decent public transportation, then drag your suitcase from the subway or bus stop, hogging up the sidewalk.
  3. Sit stuffed between some swell folks eating tuna salad on a shuttle.
  4. A man in a Member’s Only jacket walks by you at the luggage carousel and whispers, “Sir, miss, you need a ride?”

You want to have an amazing time in the Big Apple. You may have to buy another suitcase to fit all the new stuff you bought. Then, it’s almost time to head back to LaGuardia, JFK or Newark. You don’t have Uber. You can’t afford Uber. Maybe you don’t even have an iPhone! That’s when s**t gets real.

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Here are five facts about getting to NYC’s airports from Manhattan:

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Cyber Monday in the City

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If you live in New York City  – please continue reading – if NOT – you just don’t get it – go back to sifting through those horrible gifts that you are racking your brain on who you can buy one for. The following is why #cybermonday in NYC can be so brutal for those of us who do not have a doorman.

The missed package – after a long day at work and fighting rush hour traffic on the F train you come home to see the dreaded missed package slip on your building’s door. You pray please don’t be Apt. 2E – but – yes it is Apt. 2E – but what could it be? You didn’t order anything…did you? It makes you feel like this….

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The inappropriate office package – it is tempting but do NOT order any of the things in this picture and have them sent to work. It is wrong – no matter how big the discount.

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The wrong size that will NEVER be returned – you know that bonobos blazer that is just a little too tight? Not tight like european fit but – tommy boy tight? You swore it would fit so you threw out all of the return packaging. It is now neatly folded in a plastic bag from the deli in the bottom of your closest because you are sure you can give it to someone. Super psyched you got 50% off even though it will remain in your closet the remainder of your lease.

Your friend with the doorman – you know that guy that is really a douche and lives in a doorman building in Murray Hill? He said he would be happy to accept any packages for you. Wait! There is a catch – it comes with a night out in Murray Hill where you inevitably lose said package after power hour and beer pong at <insert painful Murray Hill bar here>. You will never see this package again.

The third attempt – you ordered on Monday – you swore you only missed the package the day before – and now you are staring at a third missed attempt – RETURNED TO SHIPPER sticker – game over…

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You will never get this package or the shipping charges refunded.

Pro tip – All of this can be fixed – signup with City CoPilot and have them accept your packages for you! It is cheaper than a cab ride to the UPS facility on the west side and always reliable.

Never miss a package again!