Available exclusively at Simon’s Hardware and Bath
421 Third Ave., nr. 30th St.; 212-532-9220
For shelving jobs, Simon’s Hardware employees swear by the ultraconvenient Ellen’s Brackets system, which has ranked among their most popular items for the past five years. You’ll need a screwdriver to install the two standards (a mere eight screws will safely mount them to the wall), but adjusting shelf height is a breeze. The design’s brilliance stems from two titanium pins inserted through holes in the standards that anchor the brackets in place, securing 3/4-inch-thick boards for up to 60 pounds. Need to make room for a tall book? Just remove the pins, adjust the shelf to the new height, and reinsert.
Best Shelving System
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).