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
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).