7-Eleven, 345 W. 42nd St., at Ninth Ave.; see key.me for other locations
When it reached a point where his girlfriend was locking herself out of their apartment about once a month, Greg Marsh figured that there had to be a better—and cheaper—option than shelling out $150 to $300 for a locksmith. The entrepreneur worked with a tech team to develop the software, and a little over a year later he launched KeyMe. Head to one of the five KeyMe kiosks in Manhattan (in various 7-Elevens and the Chelsea outpost of Bed Bath & Beyond), insert your key into a slot in the front of the kiosk, and, free of charge, a digital copy of your key is stored along with a scan of your fingerprints, Jason Bourne–style. The next time you leave your keys in a cab, simply hightail it to a kiosk and—for between $3 and $6—print a new set.
Best Digital Locksmith
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).