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!
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.
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.
Store your luggage at one of our three locations in NYC.
Once your luggage is securely stored at City CoPilot, it’s time forfun! 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.
Check-in time! Pick up your luggage at City CoPilot. We’re here for all your concierge needs.
We’re writing this post because approximately 50% of tourists who stay in the East Village and discover our Lower East Side location for luggage storage always say a variation of the same thing: “We thought there were no luggage storage or luggage lockers in the East Village! We Googled and nothing!”
We have no idea why nothing’s popping on those browsers, but let us share a PSA to anyone visiting the East Village, Chinatown, Soho or the West Village who needs luggage storage: City CoPilot is here for you.
City CoPilot has served guests in downtown Manhattan since 2014, and just last month we opened a second location to serve tourists’ bag storage demand in midtown Manhattan. This means we now a sizable chunk of Manhattan, from Hell’s Kitchen all the down to Chinatown. (And we’re expanding to even more places soon! Stay tuned.)
Unlike some other places, we actually store luggage and suitcases securely and orderly, behind THE WALL (and not piled up within easy grabbing distance).
Here’s how we can back up our luggage storage swagger:
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?
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.
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.
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 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.)
We’re giving all customers who review City Copilot on our Yelp business page OR on Google a free City Copilot tote bag. Who doesn’t love a free swag? PS, it’s cute, it’s functional, and it goes with everything.