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Best of New York 2007 • Home & Help

Best Neighborhood Hardware Store

  • 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.

  • MIDTOWN EAST

  • 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.

  • WEST VILLAGE

  • 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.

  • FINANCIAL DISTRICT

  • 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.

    Complete List of Local Winners

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