New York is a big city, with plenty to explore. It is filled with fine restaurants, iconic buildings, and important landmarks; even its terminals and stations can be breathtaking. Grand Central Terminal anyone?
Where to find luggage storage in NYC
So, if you find yourself in the Big Apple, whether it’s for a few days or just for a few hours, you would do well to explore the city that got Sinatra to sing and inspired countless filmmakers to create some of their best work.
However, all of this is easier said than done if you are weighed down by too much luggage, which is why we are going to look at a few available options so that you can truly enjoy this marvelous city for all of its wonders.
Making use of the sharing economy
The power of the sharing economy is behind some of the most famous companies today: Uber and Airbnb are prime examples. Also, the model of the sharing economy has been responsible for revolutionizing the business of luggage storage.
You see, a few decades ago, you could store your luggage in any of the major stations that offered lockers and other storage facilities. However, after 9/11, New York decided to tighten the security over the entire city, and one of its measures was disposing of all of the lockers and storage spaces in major stations. In response to this shortage, several companies appeared on the scene, offering travelers alternative ways of storing their luggage.
Now, companies that make use of the sharing economy, companies like Vertoe and LuggageHero, partner up with several locations all over the city: These locations could be a gift shop, a convenience store, or a hotel. After that, when anyone wants to store their luggage, these storage companies will point them to their nearest partner who is open and has the capacity to take in their baggage.
There are a few companies that operate in this space, so let’s take a closer look at a few of them:
This is another European company trying to carve a place for itself within the American market. It offers a flat rate of $6 per day of storage, and its insurance is only up to $1,200. That said, Stasher’s main advantage is that the majority of their locations are open all day long.
Seeing as it is present in more than 20 major cities in the US as well 45 international cities, Vertoe is the largest provider of on-demand short term storage in America. The company has partnered with more than 125 locations within New York alone, and this is not to mention the fact that they are adding new partners to their network at a very high rate.
In fact, to maximize convenience, the company has established locations at several of the major stations and terminals in New York, including Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Terminal, and both JFk Airport and Newark Airport. Better yet, many of the locations provided by Vertoe are open around the clock, all-week-round.
With regards to rates, Vertoe is relatively cheap: You can store a bag for an entire day for the very reasonable price of $5.95. Additionally, the company will offer group deals.
Over and above, any luggage you store with Vertoe is insured for up to $5,000. In other words, should anything happen to your belongings while in storage, Vertoe will compensate you for the damage.
Finally, if you aren’t happy with the location Vertoe points you to, not only can you pick another one, but you can also write a review of the location, warning other traveler to steer clear of this particular partner.
You can access Vertoe through their website or through their mobile application.
LuggageHero is another big player in this space. The company was originally established in Copenhagen back in 2016, but it wasn’t long before the company made its way across the Atlantic and found a permanent residence on American shores. LuggageHero actually boasts of more locations within New York City than its aforementioned competitor: 250 locations. Furthermore, the company plans to expand even further, adding a few hundred extra locations within the coming years. Additionally, LuggageHero is preparing to make its way into other cities.
When it comes to payment, LuggageHero can be a bit pricier than Vertoe. Whereas Vertoe will let you pay by the day, LuggageHero will ask you to pay by the hour, where every hour will cost you $2. That said, there is a cap, which means that you don’t have to pay more than $12 for the entire day. So, even though it is pricier, you will only pay for the time you use up.
Also, LuggageHero will insure your baggage but only for up to $2,000.
Nanny Bag is very similar to LuggageHero. It asks that you pay $2 an hour for every bag your store, but the cap is set at $6 for the entire day. So, Nanny Bag is cheaper than LuggageHero in that respect. Moreover, Nanny Bag offers insurance for up to $2,000. Another thing is that the company will not penalize you if you cancel your reservation so long as your time has not started.
Bounce is very similar to Vertoe. They ask you to pay a flat rate of $5.90 per day for every bag you store, and their insurance is for up to $5,000.
Luggage storage delivery services
As advantageous as services like Vertoe and LuggageHero may be, it can be a bit inconvenient for travelers to haul their bags back and forth from different locations, especially if these bags are heavy or are just too many to ferry across in a single trip. This is where a mobile storage option might come in handy.
If you are looking for a more convenient option and are indifferent to pricing, then you might want to explore companies like My Bag Check.
Basically, what My Bag Check does is that it sends a driver to any location specified. The driver will pick up your luggage, and the company will store it for you. Subsequently, when it’s time for you to get your belongings back, you just have to specify the drop-off point, and the company will have a driver deliver your bags there.
It goes without saying that this option is considerably more expensive than the services that use the sharing economy. For one thing, My Bag Check will charge you a minimum of $15 per day for every bag you store, and those are the storage fees alone. There are also transportation fees that you will have to shoulder, and those can get into the hundreds, especially if your pick-up or drop-off points are far away from downtown. For instance, if you specify that both the pick-up and drop-off points are at LaGuardia Airport, the transportation fee will reach $120. This means that your total bill could be a couple of hundred bucks.
However, not only does the company operate 24/7, but their mobile application is also very easy to use. All you have to do is set a time and location for the baggage pick-up as well as drop-off time and location. After that, you just have to describe your bag and attach a picture along with it, and that’s it; everything else will be handled for you.
As you are out enjoying your time on the town, your baggage will be placed in a secure facility. And, the price you pay insures your bag for up to $100. If this number seems too small for you, you can buy an additional insurance for up to $500.
Going for storage centers and offices
Even though you can’t store your bags in any of the stations and terminals in New York, there are many traditional storage facilities scattered throughout the city. These are basically offices that give you lockers where you can place your luggage, leave it there, and then come it pick it up when you’re ready. Also, some of these facilities will offer you additional perks as an incentive to do business with them. These perks may include free Wi-Fi or access to a computer or printer.
Here are some of the biggest names in this space:
Schwartz Travel & Storage
One of the most reputable companies in the travel industry, Schwartz’s offices are located on 357 West 37th St. between 8th and 9th Avenues, making them close to Penn Station as well as the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The company is on the ground floor, and they are never closed. Better yet, you don’t need a reservation to walk into their offices; you just have to show up with your bags and your ID or passport.
Their prices are also very reasonable. Each bag will cost you $2.50 per hour, with a maximum cap of $10 for the entire day. Furthermore, the company offers insurance of up to $2,500.
Located on 357 W 36th Street, also between 8th and 9th Avenues, Luggage Keeper enjoys a strategic location that makes it near Penn Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Times Square.
They are a bit pricier as they offer a flat rate for any luggage you might want to store. Any small bag will cost you $7 a day, and any medium bag will cost you $10. As for large bags, those cost $17.
Moreover, Luggage Keeper offers its customers free Wi-Fi and printing along with the ability to charge their devices, including their phone, should the need arise.
CBH Luggage Storage
Their offices are located a bit more north than the Luggage Keeper and Schwartz: You can find CBH on 31 West 46th Street. They are close to Times Square and Grand Central Terminal, and Port Authority Bus Terminal is only a few blocks away.
Their rates are close to those of Schwartz as they offer storage for $2.50 per hour for every bag you store. That said, they also have daily rates that are close to those of Luggage Keeper’s: A regular sized bag may cost you anywhere from $7 to a maximum of $10, while an oversized bag can reach anywhere from $15 to $20 for the entire day.
Even though CBH is open around the clock, you will have to make a special reservation, especially if you want to use their facilities from 10 pm to 8 am. And, in the event of needing your bag beyond their normal business hours, you will have to pay an extra $59.
On the plus side, CBH offers several other services, including free phone calls, free Wi-Fi, and printing services. They also have a lounge area, a refrigerator, and a microwave that you can make use of. Over and above, CBH offers package receiving as well as key-exchange services. They can also arrange pickups from the midtown area.