Maybe you remember this situation: You are waiting for your cruise ship to depart and you have one day to spend in a city, and would like to do some sightseeing or take a walking tour, but something is holding you back or influencing your plans: your luggage. People often ask us what New York luggage storage options are there for a day. In this day in age, storing your luggage in New York certainly presents a challenge; the old anonymous storage lockers in train stations and airports are sites of the past.
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If you stay at a hotel that is conveniently located in the city, your easiest bet to store your luggage is right at your hotel. Simply ask the hotel staff whether they have a luggage storage room and don’t forget to leave a nice tip (read our guide to tipping in New York City). Also, if you are taking the Amtrak train from Penn Station and you have a ticket, there is a storage facility at the Amtrak customer service area. But hey, you probably would not ask us, if these were your options, below is our alternative suggestions.
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JFK Airport Baggage Storage: If you have a long layover arriving to and departing JFK airport, you can store your luggage for a small fee. As of January 2014, there is one baggage storage facility in Terminal 1. It is open from 7am until 11pm. Bags cost between $4-$16 per piece of baggage per day. Be sure to call (718) 751-2947 to confirm pricing and availability. Check with your airline about baggage storage at the airport. Many carrier websites point to 24 hour baggage storage in Terminal 4, but nothing is mentioned on the official Port Authority website. For Newark Airport, you must check with your carrier. There is no luggage storage for LaGuardia Airport, though it couldn’t hurt to ask your airline to make sure.
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(A) Short Term Stow, L.L.C - (OUR CHOICE) a company that offers daily storage, internet access (+ free Ipad use), printing options and other travel-related services to NYC, is now open in the Garment District! Whether you need to drop your bag off for a few hours before hopping on a train, use the internet to search for the next exciting event in NYC or print off entertainment tickets, STS is there to help. Bags can be stored for $10/day, with additional days for $5; printing is $1 per service; WiFi is free! The store features a custom-designed shelving unit that can safely hold luggage and a lounge area, including two iPads for customer use. STS is conveniently located near Grand Central, Penn Station, Port Authority, Times Square and other NYC landmarks. Short-Term Stow gives you “the freedom to go” experience the City the way it should be experienced: Without Bags!
Schwartz Travel & Storage. They present a convenient and secure way to store luggage. They have two locations in midtown Manhattan. Both locations are open 8am-11pm and charge a daily price of about $7-$10 per luggage piece. Reservations are not necessary; you will need to show your ID or passport though, when you drop luggage off.
- (B) 357 West 37th St. Ground Floor: This one is close to Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Port Authority, The A,C subway is close by, with which you can easily get to our Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown Tour, or the High Line Tour.
- (C) 34 West 46th Street, 4th Floor, (between 5th and 6th Ave.): This location is close to Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. You can easily walk from there to our Midtown Manhattan Tour, or the Grand Central Terminal Tour. There are many subway stations close by. The B,D lines get you to our Greenwich Village Tour. The N,Q, R lines get you to our Central Park Tour. The 4,5,6 lines connect you easily to our Lower Manhattan Tour. This location is closed during the winter months.
(D) CBH Luggage Storage offers secure luggage storage very close to Grand Central, Port Authority and Times Square. They are open daily between 9am-Midnight or later if special arrangements are made. Prices very between $7-10 per item and day, depending on the volume of the luggage. Their office space is equipped with cameras, to make everyone feel safe and they have a lounge area where travelers can relax and watch TV before hitting the road again.
- 45 West 46th Street, Floor 5, (between 5th and 6th Avenue), 646.543.1831, email@example.com.
(E) City CoPilot - This location is particularly useful if you will be staying in or around the Lower East Side. This establishment is open from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Late pick-up and/or drop-off can also be arranged. City CoPilot advertises itself as a reception service. Some of you may need to go there to pick up the keys to your apartment, say if you are renting something on AirB+B. They charge $10 per regular size bag and $5 for backpacks, purses, and small shopping bags. They also offer pick-up and delivery of your luggage for a $50 minimum charge.
- 166 Allen Street, New York, (map) (Between Stanton St. & Rivington St.) – 5 minute walk from F Train (2nd Ave station) and JMZ Trains – (Essex/Delancey Station). 917.797.0835. firstname.lastname@example.org.
(F) Luggage Keeper – bag fees from $5 – $10, depending on size. This place is within walking distance from both the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station.
- 357 W 36th St, 2nd Floor (near the intersection with 9th Ave.). 212-967-0026
With any storage location, we surely don’t have to tell you, to not leave any valuables in your luggage. We hope you will enjoy a great luggage-free day of sightseeing in New York City.
(G) Subbnb provides mobile luggage storage to travelers, tourists, and business people on the go. With their mobile van they can pick up your luggage and drop it off at the location and destination of your choice including JFK and LGA. Rates start at $6 for an hour and $12 a day for standard bags. For more information log onto http://www.subbnb.com or call 718-599-3547 to arrange a pick up – use the promo code “freetours” for your 10% discount.