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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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We’re Opening A New Storefront!

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HUGE NEWS: City CoPilot is expanding to Times Square! Above is a sneak peek of the new storefront located inside the Gray Line Visitor Center at 777 8th Avenue (in between 47th and 48th Streets) opening August 8th.

We can’t wait to serve Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown Manhattan the same trusted front desk services as our Lower East Side storefront: luggage storage, key exchange, cleans, airport transportation, and…

The new storefront is literally INSIDE the best sightseeing and Broadway ticket purchasing spot in the city, so NYC tourists who use City CoPilot Times Square can take care of everything they need for their trip in our convenient new location. We’re pretty psyched about it.

Stay tuned — we’re only going to keep growing!

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Know Your CoPilots, Vol. 1: Meet Sonja!

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We’re launching a series on the blog called “Know Your CoPilots” where we show off our knowledgable, friendly, adorable team members. There’s no better person to kick off the series than the lady you see above: Mrs. Sonja Hunter, a CoPilot from the early aughts. Follow her on Twitter at @sokosf, Instagram at @sokohunt, and her blog, The Adventures of Mr. & Mrs., for travel fun, perfect bangs, and more. Say hi to her if you’re near the 166 Allen St. store! 

What she loves about City CoPilot:
I love hearing people’s stories about why’re visiting NYC and where they’re from.

She’s literally the Carmen Sandiego of New York (minus crime and fedora):
My husband and I have lived in seven neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Favorite coffee shop in NYC, currently:
Lula Bean in East Williamsburg.

Pro tip for someone visiting NYC for the first time:
If you’re here for three days or more, definitely get the 7-day MetroCard.

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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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We Can Book Your Bus Tour of NYC

We’ll skip our usual wall of Oprah GIFs to simply tell you that City CoPilot can arrange a bus tour of NYC for you or your guest. For example: we can get you tickets for the famous Gray Line double decker bus tour, just to name one line in our arsenal of tourist hookups. How’s that for your neighborhood concierge?

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And FYI for the real ballers out there: Gray Line also does helicopter tours of NYC.

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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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Review City CoPilot On Yelp To Get A Free Tote!

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We admit it. We’re feeling a little needy. Do you like our package acceptance, luggage storage or front desk services for hosts? We need to know.

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.

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This could be you.

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A Love Letter To Our Wall

We don’t want to name names, but have you seen the daily luggage storage or luggage locker facilities in New York City?

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Not City Copilot.

We offer daily luggage storage because we knew we could do it better than the competition. (That and there just aren’t enough short-term luggage storage spots below 34th Street.) How do we do that? Two words:

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That’s right: we have a wall to protect your precious cargo, and a lot of the competition, well, stores luggage on some shelves in full sight of street traffic, or worse, splayed out on the floor within grabbing distance. Meet… The Wall:

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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