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Best-Kept Secret In NYC: City CoPilot’s Luggage Storage & Concierge Services

City CoPilot‘s first storefront launched in 2014 in the Lower East Side as New York City’s first “front desk” for tourists without a hotel concierge and locals as well. They offer short-term luggage storage, 24/7 key exchange, apartment cleaning and turnover, airport transportation to all major NYC airports, as well as package acceptance for locals without a doorman.

They’ve expanded into Midtown Manhattan (located inside the Gray Line Visitor Center in Times Square), where guests can also conveniently book tours and attractions while they pick up their Airbnb key or drop off their suitcases. They will open a Brooklyn store in Williamsburg in late October.

Their 60 5-star customer reviews on Yelp don’t lie: City CoPilot is a reliable, secure place for luggage storage in midtown Manhattan, downtown New York, and soon, Brooklyn, and a nicer alternative to luggage lockers.

6 Tips For Traveling Stress-Free

For most people, the act of traveling is stressful even just thinking about it. That’s because there are so many unknown variables that could go awry. Forgetting essential items, plane delays, losing something… All of these small stresses add up and lead to anxiety.

You vacation should be relaxing, not cause you to hyperventilate! To help you keep stress to a minimum when traveling, we’re sharing our top six tips below…

1. Get organized.

One of the main reasons you get stressed when traveling is because there is so much to think about. From packing to getting to the airport on time, your mind is constantly racing, trying to make sure everything is complete. The easiest way to relieve travel-related stress is to keep yourself organize. Here are a few simple tips…

  • Make a travel itinerary so you know everything that needs to be done and where you need to be at all times. This will take some of the pressure off of remembering every little detail.
  • Don’t just throw all your stuff into a bag and call it packing. Keep your items organized in your luggage or backpack so if or when you need to grab something important (for example, your passport) you aren’t rummaging through everything and panicking while you try to find it.
  • While we’re talking about packing, you should create a packing list and keep it in your bag. This not only helps you remember everything you need to pack for your trip but it also ensures that you don’t leave anything behind.

2. Store your luggage.

The absolute last thing you want to worry about when traveling is carrying around your luggage. It can be bulky, get in the way, and (worse) it could get forgotten or stolen. If you’ve arrived at your destination but can’t check in yet, leave your bags with City CoPilot. It will give you one less thing to think about while you enjoy your time away!

3. Be secure.

We’ve all heard horror stories of people getting their luggage stolen or losing their passports while on vacation. To keep yourself anxiety-free, you’ll want to avoid these types of situations at all costs. The only way to do that is by staying secure. To precautions to lock up or hide valuables, keep your passport on you at all times, and definitely get travel insurance. Yes, it may be a bit more work and money but it will give you peace of mind as you travel.

4. Understand things will go wrong.

This might sound a little counterintuitive to the whole theme of this blog post but we’re being realists here. Things might go wrong and that is okay. As long as you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect against a worst case scenario, you’re going to be fine. Here’s a “worst case” example, let’s say you lose your passport. If you have a copy of it hidden away in your luggage or a picture of it on your phone, you can go to a local US embassy to get a temporary one.

5. Get enough sleep and stay energized.

Traveling tired is a surefire way to make mistakes. You need your brain to be working correctly. Obviously, the first step is to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is key. However, if for some reason you’re unable to get enough sleep, you may need to rely on coffee or even brain optimizing supplements to keep you focused.

6. Relax a little.

Traveling doesn’t have to be stressful. It is what you make of it. Regardless of whether you’re going on a business trip or vacation, you can still have fun and enjoy yourself. To keep your mind from worrying, pack some things to entertain you during the down times—books, movies, and games will all get the job done.

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Get 40% Off Short Term Luggage Storage In Brooklyn or Manhattan!

Need short-term luggage storage in Brooklyn or Manhattan? City CoPilot has you covered. We’ve partnered with Bounce to provide safe, secure overnight luggage storage whether you’re in the middle of a move, changing AirBnbs, or taking a short trip to Washington DC or Niagara Falls. Check out Bounce’s 60+ locations to make daily and overnight luggage storage affordable, safe, secure and easy.

Did you know? Guests can store luggage at many locations for up to a week. But that’s not the only news we want to share: City CoPilot now offers a luggage storage discount! Pre-book your luggage storage reservation on Bounce and get 40% off our previous ($10) prices…$5.90 / bag!

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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
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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