Pressed for Success

The best spots near campus for all your dry cleaning, tailoring and laundry needs.


Min Ji Kim

Aphrodite Dry Cleaners is often frequented by NYU students due to its proximity to Washington Square Park. (Staff Photo by Min Ji Kim)

Divya Nelakonda, Staff Writer

The start of a new school year doesn’t just mean new classes and new school supplies. It also means preparing your best suit for a job interview and wondering how to get the coffee stain out of your shirt after the first all-nighter of the semester. Whatever it is, the Village is full of dry cleaning spots and, luckily for us, student discounts abound.

Quality Plus Dry Cleaners
200 Second Ave.
Boasting a five-star average from Google reviews and a four-star average on Yelp, it is safe to say that Quality Plus Dry Cleaners lives up to its name. It offers dry cleaning services for anything from blouses to evening gowns to area rugs. Conveniently, it also provides shoe repairs and cleaning, bag repairs and cleaning, zipper fixes, watch repairs and battery replacements, making it a convenient go-to for any fashion emergency. And with your NYU ID, you can get 10% off all services.

Aphrodite Dry Cleaners
30 University Place
Aphrodite Dry Cleaners is an extra-convenient dry cleaning spot due to its proximity to Washington Square Park; the owner herself affirmed that many NYU students frequent the shop for wash and press services for their clothing and bedding. Additionally, Aphrodite Dry Cleaners offers alterations — tapering, new zipper, patch — with prices based on the specific operation requested. While the prices are slightly higher than other dry cleaners’, the clean and inviting environment is an assurance that your garments will be well cared for. Aphrodite Dry Cleaners provides a 10% discount for NYU students.

Mercer Cleaners
291 Mercer St.
NYU students continue to make sustainability a priority, and some local dry cleaners have followed suit. Traditional dry cleaning involves the chemical “perc,” or perchloroethylene, which is considered a hazardous air pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency. At Mercer Cleaners, they use organic dry cleaning, which is non-toxic, safe for the garments and more eco-friendly. If that does not sell you, Mercer Cleaners also offers 25% off of dry cleaning for NYU students, which is a bargain that many students could use.

A version of this article appears in the Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, print edition. Email Divya Nelakonda at [email protected]