We are honored to have been selected as the chosen moving service provider in New York for Brooklyn’s Pro Era Storms for Support, a Hurricane Harvey relief effort spearheaded by Pro Era Records in conjunction with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President.

On Saturday, September 23rd, our truck will be parked at two select locations in Brooklyn where people will be able to drop off donations of clothing, household items, food, hygiene and toiletries for those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Donors will receive a wristband granting them entry to a thank you party hosted by the rapper Joey Bada$$ featuring noted DJs and some special guests.

Those interested in participating will be able to find our truck at East River State Park from Noon-1pm on 9/23, and Fort Greene Park from 2-3pm. The party will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall from 6-9pm that evening.

On the following day, we’ll disembark for the city of Houston with, hopefully, a fully packed 26-foot cube truck of donations! Surely there are many local movers in NYC that would have been happy to provide the service, we’re glad we got the chance.

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 local movers in NYC 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.


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) movers in NYC get to sample it all.

Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience for professional movers 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 we are in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, and the no-brainer, go-to, absolutely mandatory culinary establishment will always be DeFonte’s Sandwich Shop.

Located on Columbia Street just off the Battery Tunnel, the tucked away spot comes without complication for a crew of movers arriving in a box truck. In this low population density industrial nook, no one has to sit behind the wheel to avoid a ticket.

Once inside you have your standard wall of Italian actors and a stack of community papers. Above the display counter the sandwiches are named simply enough by the ingredients – with the one exception of Nicky’s Special. You’ll have to visit to find out. 

A friendly and quick staff, paper bag snapping and by all appearances enjoying themselves. And they would too – patrons are excited to be there. Remember that this place is a bit remote, so you have to make some effort to get there. Is it even going to be open? You don’t always know for sure. They do what they want. 

Back in the truck you’re looking at a two meal in one situation – one for now and one for when the day is over. You’ll always have one guy on the moving crew who never heard of the place, so you watch his reaction as he unrolls his sandwich and takes his first bite. 

Relax, enjoy the lunch. No need to double-park or rush. We’re in Red Hook, one of the best areas for moving companies and movers in New York City to be in. When it’s over, we can jump right on the BQE for the next job.