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.

All local moving companies at some point or another will put a version of this photo out into the world – and we’re no different.

And there’s good reason to do so. When you’re running a smaller-sized moving company it’s important to distinguish from the larger more corporate moving companies and the group shot of the movers themselves is one way to do it.

Cool Hand Movers has been on the block since 2010, and although we’ve grown, we still retain the local small business feel that many people look for in moving companies. We’re not a faceless corporation – we’re a tight-knit team – but we aim to deliver the highest level of moving services and affordable moving services at that.

If you’re shopping around for moving companies in New York City you’ll observe a wide range, from the more under the table man with van to the big corporations. Our aim is to provide the personal touch of the friendly local guy with a van while taking on much higher volume and a broader clientele.

Affordable moving companies (with licenses) aren’t always going to be easy to find. We’re glad that you made it to our page, and now it’s time for you to let us know how we can help!

In a city of constant movement, moving companies will encounter delays that can cause a variety of complications. Some are inevitable, and some are not.

In this dense, fast-paced metropolis, moving companies and movers face a host of challenges that require a level of skill – and patience – that don’t come overnight. The extent to which your movers know their terrain and its patterns and traits will be a factor in the success of your move.

An increasing amount of apartment buildings are enforcing strict timelines for elevator reservation and service entrances. When a moving company books multiple jobs in one day, these constraints need to be taken into account. And moving crews have to do their best to stay on schedule even when setbacks come their way. In this climate, the best any moving company can do is to minimize setbacks as much as possible.

Rather than taking google maps at face value, the best movers will anticipate Holland Tunnel traffic backup on Canal Street two hours in advance before deciding on the best route to take from Brooklyn Heights to Washington Heights – while obeying commercial vehicle restrictions along the way.

The flow of New York traffic has a mind of it’s own. It can seem chaotic, but with experience and focus a driver will learn how to time their movements, to read the signals that tell them when another driver is letting them into a lane. Generally, you’ll get about a half second and if you don’t jump on it, you’ve lost your chance.

And isn’t that New York in a nutshell?

At Cool Hand, employees are given some clear guidelines:

  1. Be on time.
  2. Be friendly.
  3. Don’t break anything.
  4. Hustle.
You may notice that two of the four guidelines involve time! Time seems to govern just about every area of life in New York City, and movers know it as well as anyone.