Can anyone help me find a 24-hour keilim mikvah in NYC, preferably Manhattan or Brooklyn? (NOT the East River.) There must be a ton of them, but it's surprisingly impossible to find a listing online.
I just called Washington Heights Keilim mikvah. Located on Bennet Ave. between W. 185 St and W. 186 St. Manhattan.
Phone: 212 923 3582
The woman told me that the entrance is to the right of the shul. There is a black gate. The gate requires a code which is written in Hebrew on the gate (Thanks Monica, for confirming this), with the Hebrew letters conveying their numerical value corresponding to the code (Aleph = 1, etc.) After entering the gate, there is a passageway then steps going down to the keilim mikvah. The code to the mikvah door is the same as for the gate. It is a "manual" punch lock (not electronic). She also explained that the mikvah is open 24-hours / day. You may want to call yourself to verify the exact instructions. I tried viewing the place on Google Earth, and I'm not sure what gate she is referring to.
I will advise that parking in the area is almost impossible, so, if you go, I advise having one person sitting in the car while you and your keilim are in the mikvah area. (I used to live near that area, and occasionally visit.)
Another keilim Mikvah that is open 24 hours and may be closer to you is the
1121 Sage Street
Phone: 718 327 9727
Sage St. is one way going from Central Ave. and ending at Empire Blvd. As soon as the street narrows and curves to the left, you will see a narrow driveway on your right. Look carefully for it, as it can be easy to miss, and going around the block is not that simple! Going up the driveway, you will see an agudah (has Hebrew on the front of the building) and the mikvah is the next shorter building after the agudah on your right. The keilim mikvah is the 1st door on the right when you face the building. I was there recently, and the door to the keilim mikvah was left open, and no one was there. They left a dipping basket in the mikvah. You can park your car right next to the door! They ask that you not leave boxes (I assume from newly opened flatware, etc.) in their dumpsters, but take all boxes & garbage with you.
The person said that the place is open 24 hours and there is a Hebrew code on the door to operate a manual push button lock. Though, she says the door is usually slightly open and you just have to turn the handle on top of the door and push it open. (They place the handle on top so that little kids don't easily get in.)
I saw a poster in a neighborhood store mentioning a keilim service where someone will pick up the keilim from you, toveil them and deliver them back to you, for a fee, of course.
The number is 516 341 2077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The top of the poster says "servicing the 5 Towns and Far Rockaway", so if you live outside that area, they may not do it. However, it can't hurt to call or email them and inquire. Perhaps, there is a similar service that will pick up from you.