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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!
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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.

The Best Luggage Storage Solution For New York’s Cruise Ships

Taking a cruise to Manhattan or Brooklyn? Store your luggage with City CoPilot!

Our Times Square location at 777 8th Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets is SUPER CLOSE to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at Pier 88 or Pier 90. Simply drop off your bags inside and we will safely store them until you’re ready to pick up. And it’s SUPER EASY to get to and from JFK Airport!

Docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn? Try our Williamsburg luggage drop-off location located at 332 Hooper Street between South 4th and South 5th Streets. This location is a 2-minute walk from the J train, which is a direct route to JFK’s AirTrain.

All City CoPilot locations can store your luggage for multiple days! We also handle luggage forwarding.

Lost Your Luggage? Need Your Bags Delivered?

Nothing is worse than an airline losing luggage. Except waiting for the airline to deliver your luggage. Most airline delivery requires a FIVE hour waiting window! That means instead of exploring New York City or Brooklyn, tourists are stuck waiting around.
We’re here to help! Choose one of City CoPilot’s locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and have your luggage delivered to directly to us. We accept luggage on your behalf and then contact you once we receive it!
All you need to do is email at info@citycopilot.com and let us know the luggage is on the way. You can pay in store when you pickup the luggage. The price? Just $10. $10 is a great price so you can feel confident your luggage is stored securely while you explore the city. No more wasted time waiting!
At City CoPilot, we are dedicated to safe and secure luggage storage!
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