- Lore Decorators
When you’re looking to get another few years out of that armchair instead of buying new—and who isn’t these days?—this family of expert East Harlem upholsterers provides something nearly as good: high-quality, economic re-covering. The 50-year-old firm run by Frank Cangelosi Sr. and his son and daughter performs seamless work with free pickup and delivery citywide (most upholsterers charge, sometimes in the hundreds), inexpensively enough that it’s worth it for thrift-store finds as well as heirlooms. The Cangelosis shy away from giving general prices, but a decorator we love recently sent them a set of dining chairs for which they charged $90 apiece; everyone else she tried came in around $120.
Best Bargain Upholsterer
From the 2009 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).