Movers in New york

What’s for lunch? Local NYC Movers and Packers food guide

Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.

In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) NYC movers and packers get to sample it all.

Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience or professional NYC movers and packers  will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.


This week’s pick! —  Halal Paradise, Boerum Hill 

There are hundreds of halal trucks across New York City and most of them dish up chicken and lamb dishes that will certainly fill you up but won’t necessarily make much of a culinary impression.

Halal Paradise in Boerum Hill is a different story.

First off, Halal Paradise’s bright green truck stands out from its competitors. Secondly, the long line of customers waiting patiently before the truck at nearly all hours of the day signals that something paradisiacal is happening at Halal Paradise.

After wrapping up a moving job in downtown Manhattan on a recent afternoon, two members of the Cool Hand team stopped by the famed truck for a bite. The owner, Ahmed, greeted them with a smile.

“How are you doing today?” he asked, whiffs of grilled meat and rich spices emanating from the grill in front of him.

Ahmed started selling halal fare at the corner of Pacific Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn 22 years ago. When asked about what has kept him in business all these years, Ahmed waxed religious.

“God!” he exclaimed, pointing to the sky with a wide-tooth grin. “And, of course, high quality ingredients and more experience.”

The Halal Paradise menu reads like those posted on the front of most halal trucks around the city: chicken over rice, lamb over rice, kofta over rice, gyros, falafel sandwiches – no price tag exceeding $7. But when you dig into, say, a chicken over rice with hot sauce and white sauce, you immediately realize that this truck touts something that the others don’t.

Ahmed explained that his trick is to season all dishes with spices imported directly from India and Egypt. He also takes the extraordinary steps of spiffing up the yellow rice with cinnamon and serving all orders with a healthy side salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onions, chickpeas, pickles and olives.

The two Cool Hand members who ate here recently got a lamb over rice plate and a combination chicken and lamb over rice plate. After they had picked up their order and were walking over to the truck to chow down, Ahmed called out behind them, “Have a great day. Salam Alaykum!”

It might come across as strange for a moving company to bring up the subject of furniture damage on it’s own website. If you’re looking for moving help in New York , the association might not seem like a positive one. Take a look at the hundreds of other residential moving services in New York and the word won’t likely come up on any of their sites, although perhaps in their reviews.

But let’s be real – there’s a reason why all of the Moving help in New York are required by law to have insurance – things happen. And when they do, how a moving company handles the problem can reveal more than the problem itself.

When you get volume you’re going to get breaks, nicks, scratches and cracks. In many cases these aren’t total losses, but they aren’t good either. You can pass along a claim form to a customer knowing they’ll be more likely to give up and accept the damage than go through the process, wire them a little bit of money – or, you can send a repair expert to take care of it onsite.

At Cool Hand, we’re proud to have our own furniture repair expert for these situations. Rather than leave you hanging in any number of ways, we’ll come back and fix the problem.

This week’s featured member of the Cool Hand team is Lawrence Miller.
Now in the role of operations manager in addition to working on site, Lawrence has a lot on his plate, but not too much to answer a few questions about working for the company, published below.
Lawrence has a background in fine art carpentry, art handling/crating and fabrication. He also plays drums in a band and got his B.A in philosophy. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and reading about outer space (nerd alert!) 

When did you start working for Cool Hand, and what drew you to the position?

I started part time with Cool Hand in the summer of 2016; I found the work through Indeed.com after searching for work as an art handler.  The hours, pay, and potential for working with art drew me to the position.

What was your first impression once you started working? Did anything surprise you?

My first impression was that the work is very fast paced. I was surprised by the complexity of the work and the need to incorporate many different skill sets to be successful at it.

What do you enjoy most about working in the NYC moving industry, and with Cool Hand in particular?

I enjoy the pace of the work, being in a dynamic workplace every day and interacting with so many different people. Cool Hand in particular is an honest company with an excellent team.

You are now in the role of an operations manager on top of working onsite. What’s that like?

It’s exciting. It requires constant attention to detail, always being ready to handle situations, diplomatic communication skills, and the stamina to get things done. Working onsite and representing the company in such a physical way is something I take pride in.

There are plenty of meet local movers in NYC. Do you ever get concerned about all the competition?

The competition is definitely real, but I don’t worry about it because we have affordable rates, a motivated and eager staff, a commitment to quality, and something others don’t have – we’re cool!

You are originally from Central New Jersey. What advice would you give to someone moving to NYC and looking for moving help in New York?

Do plenty of research: ask all family members and friends who’ve moved to NYC about their experiences; go online and make sure you get  a few different quotes; do as much packing on your own as you possibly can to save money, stay organized and keep track of your belongings. It’s never a bad idea to purchase mover’s insurance.