Storing Bags in Penn Station

Old Jan 6th, 2004, 10:23 PM
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Storing Bags in Penn Station

Will be coming into Penn Station and I have 8 hours before I have to get to JFK. I'd like to walk around NYC during that time but not with all my luggage. Can I store luggage at Penn anymore? If not, is there a place nearby that I could temporarily check my luggage? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 01:55 AM
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I think the rules on checking backing may change from time to time due to changing security levels, but here are some suggestions for people to contact:

1. If you are coming in via an Amtrak train, I think you can store your bag in Penn Station. You might give them a call at 800-872-7245

2. Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) (718) 217-5477

3. New Jersey Transit : Customer Service (within N.J.) (800) 772-3606
Customer Service (Out of State) (973) 491-9400
e-mail: [email protected]
Customer service is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday

4. Lost and found New York Penn Station
(Operated by Amtrak - 7:30a.m. - 4p.m. Mon.-Fri.) (212) 630-7389
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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One more option: if you are travelling on Amtrak, you can check your baggage at your departing station and it will be delivered to the baggage claim area at Penn Station. You should be able to leave it at baggage claim for the day (although I can't vouch for the security of your bags if you do this). Take a look at
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 06:31 AM
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You may also want to see if it could be day checked at a nearby hotel??
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 06:33 AM
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No hotel would ever accept a stranger's luggage. That's not an option.
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Old Jan 8th, 2004, 10:58 AM
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I often see people asking the cops in the info booth at Penn where they can store their luggage...and the reply is always, "there IS no luggage storage in Penn station." However, if you are taking Amtrak I would contact them. I have heard of people storing their luggage at nearby hotels, so that's another option...the Pennsylvania hotel is right across the street. You could always say that you'll be checking in later...
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Old Jan 8th, 2004, 12:50 PM
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3 months ago the policy at Penn was that you had to have an Amtrak ticket in order to store luggage at the "parcel check" -- there was a fee, but I didn't check what is is. 4 years ago, that was the policy too. I know that in DC's Union Station the lockers are inoperative and you must show identification (eg: driver lic.) to check bags there. BTW, not many trains allow for checked bags, most are carryon only, so for someone arriving at Penn by rail, checking the bag at the departing station is not often an option. I suppose you could always purchase an Amtrak ticket to Newark if you wanted to stow the bags bad enough.

If you try to get a nearby hotel to store bags, go directly to a bellman with your request, and have some "folding money" within sight when you ask.
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Old Jan 8th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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I've stored my luggage at random hotels several times. Pick somewhere upscale, walk up to the bell captain and say, "my flight is not leaving until xx:00 can I stowe my bags for the afternoon". I've never had them ask for my room #, they just issue a claim check. Just act like you belong there.
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Old Jan 8th, 2004, 01:01 PM
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Gee... that doesn't say much for hotel security, does it?
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Old Jan 9th, 2004, 09:00 AM
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How much less security is it than if I'm a guest and the hotel accepts the bag. Without searching the bag, the results would be the same for both a guest AND a non-guest if the bag contains anything harmful. It's not a perfectly safe world out there but there's got to be some sane limits on things. Who the heck wants to schlep bags all over town if you have a layover and want to do some sightseeing. I am very thankful for the bellmen who accept my bag for a few hours.
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Old Jan 9th, 2004, 11:15 AM
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I checked a bag at Penn Station last week without an Amtrak ticket. The fee was $4.50.
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