Package Receiving in a Non-Doorman Building

Published on Sep 23, 2011

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Live in a downtown Manhattan rental apartment with no doorman? Package receiving is now no problem!

Full disclosure: in nearly 30 years of living in New York City rental apartments, I've never been a resident of a doorman building. Not that I have anything against New York City rental buildings staffed with doormen, it's just been the way things have worked out each time I've had to/wanted to move.

And in fact, it's been fine for me... except for those times when I've come home to see one of those dreaded "we tried to deliver your package" notices stuck to my door, or in my mailbox, from FedEx, or UPS, or the USPS.

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Yes, I've done all of the work-arounds for package receiving that people in non-doorman buildings do, including the most common, getting everything delivered to the office. But sometimes you don't want to schlep your stuff from work. And sometimes you don't want everybody at work to know that you're getting, say, ANOTHER pair of shoes from Zappos.

UPS stores accept deliveries for a $5 fee (your price may vary; it's been a while), which is kind of handy if you happen to live near a UPS store, less handy if you don't.

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Enter, Village Doorman, a just-launched service, currently available for downtown Manhattan apartment residents only, in which you can pick up your deliveries at neighborhood stores. Here's how this new package receiving service it works:

Village Doorman has enlisted local small business owners to accept deliveries. When you order your whatever-it-is online, just include your unique "Package ID" and the address of the partner store nearest you. You receive text, email and voice alerts when your package has arrived, and the whole thing costs you $4 per package. If you don't pick up your package after two days, the price rises to $8; after 4 days, $12, and so on.

Village Doorman has signed up 17 stores so far, all servicing residents of East Village, Greenwich Village, West Village, and Lower East Side rental apartments. And, of course, certain restrictions apply, re: content of packages. See the Village Doorman site for details.

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