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Old Nov 18, 05, 5:05 am   #1
 
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The definitive "Where can I leave my bags in NYC?" thread

As a frequent (but never frequent enough) visitor to NYC, I'm constantly looking for a place to leave my backpack for a few hours. I know that I'm not alone, and people who aren't enlightened that travel with suitcases sometimes need to ditch those, too.

My friend lives in The Bronx, and has passed on this piece of advice to many, many visitors and residents alike. I used it last time I visited; I had a night flight out of JFK, but didn't want to return to The Bronx from Manhattan just to collect my things:

At Penn Station, near Amtrak track #5, there is a "parcel check" service at which one can check baggage to be held for pickup later. The cost is around $5 per package. Recently, I have not encountered any requirement to purchase or show an Amtrak ticket in conjunction with this service. Even if there were, I suppose one could purchase a cheap Amtrak ticket and still spend no more than $10 or $15 to store a bag.

Since lockers are scarce-to-non-existent in New York, what other tips can you provide on storing luggage in Manhattan and elsewhere in NYC?


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Please see cordelli's post HERE for a consolidated list of baggage storage locations in and around NYC. Quoted information below is as of Sep 2010 update:
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A consolidation of some information gathered from recent posts:

The question of storing bags in the city comes up from time to time, please add in any experiences with baggage storage in the city.

The bag storage stuff comes up from time to time, can we add that?

Edited Aug 18, 2010 for the Terminal 3, 5 and 8 storage addition at JFK per the port authority and other websites

Penn station
with an Amtrak or NJ Transit Ticket (Previous posts have said LIRR tickets are not acceptable)
31st street / 8th ave entrance, past the entrance for gates 1 to 4

Grand Central Terminal
No in station storage

Port Authority
No in station storage

JFK
Terminal 1 Arrivals - First floor (near Alitalia and Olympic Airlines)
Hours of Operation: 7AM-11PM
Telephone: (718) 751-2947

Terminal 3 Arrivals
Pre-Security
Arrivals
Hotels Counter in Area B

Terminal 4 Arrivals - First floor
Hours of Operation: 24 Hours
Telephone: (718) 751-4020

Edited 9/23/2010 - The Port Authority website lists storage at terminal 5, but as sbm12 indicates below this really isn't there, so I removed it. The Jet Blue website refers people to the facilities at Terminals 1 and 4.

Terminals 8 - (American Airlines)
Hours of Operation: 6AM-10PM
Approximate Cost (depending on size): $8 - $18 per day
Telephone: (718) 995-9292
Early (earlier that 6:00am) pick-up of luggage is possible.

LGA
No Storage

Newark
NBS in Terminal C, Carosel 1
1 (908) 933-0503

note - the NYC.com visitor guide for luggage storage says there is no storage at Newark, but as of Nov 16, 2009 NBS said they were still there accepting bags

Macy*s
There are many pages online saying that Macy*s will accept bags

Schwartz Travel Services
212.290.2626


355 W 36th St.
Close to Penn Station & Port Authority
Between 8th & 9th Ave. 2F NY NY 10018
8am - 11pm

34 W 46th St.
Close to Times Square & Grand Central
Between 5th & 6th Ave. 5F NY NY 10036
Open: 9am - 6pm

Near Yankee Stadium
In the Bronx across from Yankee Stadium at the bowling alley. They have a pretty good bag check.


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Last edited by dstan; Aug 17, 11 at 10:53 am. Reason: updated quote of cordelli Post #20
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Old Nov 18, 05, 9:12 am   #2
 
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I've never been refused at any major full-service hotel bell stand. For $5 they'll check and hold any reasonable amount of luggage. It makes no difference that you weren't staying there.
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Old Nov 18, 05, 11:22 am   #3
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The lower level of the Waldrof has a manned counter for baggage check too.
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Old Nov 19, 05, 8:45 am   #4
 
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I've had no problem leaving backpacks at the coat check at The Met, however anything larger than that would probably not be accepted. I'm not sure how convenient that is in terms of location and hours, however.
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This seems like the perfect kind of topic for the new FlyerTalk Wiki system.
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I'm flying into JFK T4 at 11.50am and out from T4 at 9.30pm. I assume I can leave a suitcase at the T4 baggage facilities while I head downtown for the day?
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I'd give them a call to be sure they are still open.
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Leave 'em at my office in midtown for $5/bag
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At Penn Station, near Amtrak track #5, there is a "parcel check" service at which one can check baggage to be held for pickup later.
What are the hours of this service? I'm arriving around 9:30pm for a party, then leaving on the 3:15am to BBY and don't know if they'll let me bring the bag into the bar.
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What are the hours of this service? I'm arriving around 9:30pm for a party, then leaving on the 3:15am to BBY and don't know if they'll let me bring the bag into the bar.
Hours: 05:15 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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I'm arriving around 9:30pm for a party, then leaving on the 3:15am to BBY and don't know if they'll let me bring the bag into the bar.
Have you thought about checking your bag on Amtrak through to Boston? The overnight train accepts checked baggage. Since Back Bay does not handle checked baggage, you would have to be ticketed to South Station and check your bag to that destination. But you could still get off the train at Back Bay, and claim your bag at South Station later that day or the next day, whenever it was convenient for you to do so.
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Old Jun 22, 06, 2:25 pm   #12
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I think hotels generally are the best bet for leaving luggage in NYC. There is not a bellman in NYC who will not safely stow your bags for you for $5 or $10 (although you should give more if you have more than a couple of bags). If you need to pick up your bags during the middle of the night (morning?), just confirm with the bellman that someone will be available to help you.
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I am flying into JFK on a red-eye, arriving Friday morning around 5:45 am.

I am flying out of LGA at 4:30.

I searched other threads and it sounds like my best bet is to take the E train into the city and leave my bags at Penn Station or at a nearby hotel.

What time should I leave mid-town to make it for my flight at LGA? Is the M60 the best option or should I take a bus out of mid-town instead? I was planning to take the subway uptown and then take the M60 to LGA but thought some of you may know if there is a better option via bus to LGA.

While I am in the city, I would like to go work out and go shopping. Any suggestions for a good gym?
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I am flying into JFK on a red-eye, arriving Friday morning around 5:45 am.

I am flying out of LGA at 4:30.

I searched other threads and it sounds like my best bet is to take the E train into the city and leave my bags at Penn Station or at a nearby hotel.
The LIRR will get you to Penn Station about 20 minutes quicker than the E train, but on a Friday morning it'll cost significantly more ($7 as oppposed to $2).

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What time should I leave mid-town to make it for my flight at LGA?
Depends on how you go to the airport, what airline you're flying, where you're flying to, whether you're checking bags, etc.

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Is the M60 the best option or should I take a bus out of mid-town instead? I was planning to take the subway uptown and then take the M60 to LGA but thought some of you may know if there is a better option via bus to LGA.
We have a FAQ on flyertalk wiki that explains all your options for getting to the airport from Manhattan.
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Old Mar 12, 07, 5:56 pm   #15
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themicah -

Thanks for the tips! I will be flying from LGA on American to Chicago, connecting to an int'l flight at O'Hare. I am not sure if I will have so much that I will check a bag or not. I am elite on American so I don't think getting through the check-in process should be that bad.

the Wiki looks like it will answer any and all airport connection questions I may have!
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