Well actually we call it A “Love Stream” series broadcasts from the front seat of our van - Topics ranging from Love to Truth and everything in between (all though you are just as likely to hear just a soundtrack playing while we drive). We will be streaming from our instagram our periscope and our facebook feeds M-F. Navigate to the feed for daily schedules.
It looks like Amazon was not getting enough love from New York City. New York politics ain’t easy. Ask UBER and Airbnb. How this affects you the small businessman… on the one hand, it may have brought in more revenue, infrastructure funding, as well as jobs for many nearby residents. While on the other hand it came with 3 billion in tax breaks, may have done more harm than good to the city infrastructure, and Amazon does not have a stellar record when it comes to workers with their anti-union and anti-immigration policies.
Then there is the cultural impact. Gentrification is an issue in New York, and in Long Island City (where Amazon had planned to build a 4 million square foot facility) it has had a huge effect over the past few years. In our neighborhood (Williamsburg Brooklyn), we have seen the impact of gentrification. It has been good and bad over the years. Many small businesses have closed and many bigger ones have taken their place. The economic impact has been good for some and not so much for others. Undeniably the residents and small businesses that made this neighborhood attractive to outsiders have been for the most part pushed out as rents go up exponentially. In most polls the majority of New Yorkers were in support of this deal, but if asked if they would support this deal if it meant that they would be pushed out of the neighborhood, I bet the results would change.
Here is an excerpt from one local business owner.
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Looking for a courier in NYC? here is a breakdown of the old-school vs the new kids on the block!
Until we figure out a way to transport items through a phone there will always be a need for good old fashion boots and wheels on the ground. With the introduction of so many peer-to-peer delivery services we wondered how do the old-reliables stack up against the young whipper-snappers.
Professional courier services
These are the old-school bike and van couriers that make up much of the commercial drivers and bikers in the city. These companies are usually owner operated, hence very reliable. They know their routes well, and if you have a problem the owner is usually a phone call away.
If you need a package delivered from a commercial area these are your guys. It takes years of professional delivery experience to get comfortable with the flow of the city. Knowing where to park and when, what turns you can make at what times, how to negotiate with security and freight elevators, how to not get pulled over every other day, or even something as routine as finding a place to relieve yourself (Which apparently there is an app for). This is just a sample of the tricks of the trade that help get your package to you on-time and intact.
Most traditional courier companies operate on a Business to Business level which is not very good for first time users or individuals. If you want to book a delivery without opening an account this is probably not your best bet. This is also a pricier option (usually above $15). also these services are very local and fragmented.
Peer to Peer delivery services
These companies are new companies that rely heavily on tech and a freelance workforce. Unlike the professional courier services the owners have probably never delivered a package professionally, and the couriers probably never built an app (so there is a disconnect there). But as far as the consumer is concerned this is the best choice for impulse buys. No you may never get to know the owner or even your courier for that matter, but oh-boy do they get your burritos to you quick-fast!
No better option for food deliveries. Couriers are usually extra friendly (Their ratings and tips depend on it), the orders are easy to book, easy to track, and relatively inexpensive (Under $5 in most cases), and are available in just about every city.
The cons are that outside of delivering food or groceries they are not very reliable. you might want to think twice before using a peer-to-peer courier like Task Rabbit or Uber in a commercial district during business hours. The parking fees, security protocols, driving restrictions, and aggressive driving from professional couriers might be enough to send your peer back to the outer-boroughs.
Our goal is to be the best of both worlds. Providing A level of service that comes from over two decades of professional driving experience, along with the technical-savvy of the peer-to-peer services.
We consider our service the best bet for small to mid-sized businesses. We offer easy options whether you open an account with us or not. Our specialty is serving those communities not quite up to speed on the technical benefits of web-based delivery options.
We are a small local team with limited availability - we suggest opening an account if you want to lock us in!
COURIER COMPARATIVE REFERENCE CHART
This is just a sample of some of the delivery options available. a representation across different sectors.
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While watching NY1 in the background last week, I heard that Trader Joe’s is ending deliveries in NYC. As a professional driver in NYC for the last 20 years (the last 4 building FreeYourArms), I know that it ain’t as easy as it looks, and quite honestly it don’t look that easy. My advice to any retailer big or small that wants to offer delivery services to your customers… avoid working with national or task/temp based services.
Our Team puts in allot of work building a platform to serve the local community. If you are a retailer in search of a delivery partner we are happy to sit down and discuss how to tailor our services to fit your needs. For estimates on what it might cost to service your particular area, try the link below or reach out to us by phone or email.
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In celebration of our launch we present “LIVE FROM FRENCHIES” A COMMUNITY BASED VARIETY SHOW WITH THE GOAL OF EMPOWERING LOCAL COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY and to have fun doing it!
Thanks to everyone for 2018. We will see you in 2019!
Happy Holidays From Team FYA!
The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. Started in 1970 it starts in Staten Island and ends in Central Park. This event symbolizes the diversity of our city like no other. There aren't too many moments that allows our city to pause, walk out on their sidewalks, and celebrate together. No it is not the World Cup, it is the Marathon.
If you are here just to support our runners, or if you are here to run yourself, either way enjoy and good luck to you!
And use the discount code "NYCMARATHON5" to save 5% off your luggage storage reservation and celebrate with us!
Let’s take a New York minute to meet Jack who is here for a product activation at the Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg BK (very impressive venue space btw) all the way from Silver Lake California. If you run into Jack on either coast tell him we say 👋🏽 Hopefully this serves as a nice ice-breaker.
And when u do decide to take the red eye east or a late flight west have your bags picked up with Free Your Arms and get the most out those few precious hours before you dive into or out of whatever work you came here to do
Use the discount code ANYMINUTEB5 for 5% off your reservation.
Despite some misconceptions, New York is a very friendly place. You just have to get to know us better. So we have taken it upon ourselves to do just that with our series “A New York Minute With...”
Let’s take a New York minute to meet Krysty who works at the hottest little store this side of North Brooklyn - Heatonist.
Now you can say you know at least one person in our city! Tell Krysty we say 👋🏽 Hopefully this serves as a nice ice-melter. And when u do decide to give in to your heatonistic impulses call @freeyourarms - we will be more than happy to swing by and hold your bags for you while you source their eclectic array of goods.
👋🏽 We Are Free Your Arms - New York’s 🚐 💼 Team - If you see our 🚐 Don’t be shy, stop by, say 👋🏽 - We’d ❤️ to take A New York Minute to get to know 👈🏾✌🏾
Use the discount code ANYMINUTEB5 for 5% off your reservation.