UPPER EAST SIDE
- Wankel Hardware
1573 Third Ave.; 212-369-1200
Katherine Wankel, the latest family member to run the shop, can concisely explain how to caulk a tub or stop window leaks.
UPPER WEST SIDE
- Gracious Home
1992 Broadway; 212-231-7800
It’s easy to forget, amid all the luxe housewares, that there’s a traditional nuts-and-bolts hardware stock here that’s as good as any.
- HomeFront Hardware
202 E. 29th St.; 212-545-1447
Excellent for housewares as well as hardware. Best of all, it’s open 24 hours, and when the plumbing acts up at 2 a.m., that’s seriously the best.
- Garber Hardware
710 Greenwich St.; 212-242-9807
Locally beloved since 1884, especially for gentle, kind advice when faced with “Do I need a drill for that?” novices.
LOWER EAST SIDE
- Rothstein Hardware
56 Clinton St.; 212-254-2026
You’ll likely bump into at least three people in the jammed aisles, but that’s because the stock’s comprehensive. Excellent for oddball keys.
- Dick’s Do It Best Hardware
9 Gold St.; 212-425-1070
When you move into that new condo and discover all the little odds and ends that aren’t finished, the helpful family owners are a blessing.
BOERUM HILL/COBBLE HILL/CARROLL GARDENS
- Mazzone True Value
470 Court St.; 718-624-8494
Family-owned, by a family that helps personally when you need that replacement switch, valve, or wrench.
Best Neighborhood Hardware Store
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine