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A.P.F. Master Framemakers

215 E. 59th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-308-6152;

Here, new frames and mirrors that look like period pieces can be yours for far less than the originals. A.P.F. manufactures all of its own frames, and its clients include MoMA and the Smithsonian. $$-$$$ (made in N.Y.)

Bark Frameworks

21-24 44th Ave., Long Island City; 718-752-1919;

Serious art collectors rely on Jed Bark’s exquisite eye when it comes to framing one-of-a-kind works. His 27,000-square-foot studio offers custom frames and a selection of ready-made ones in standard sizes. $$$ (consulting services / made in N.Y.)

Brooklyn Frameworks

142 Fifth Ave., nr. St. John’s Pl., Park Slope; 718-399-6613;

This custom-framing shop has more than 1,500 styles available, from basic hardwoods to high-end metals and gold leaf to one-of-a-kind welded steel. Its specialty is conservation framing, which uses acid-free, museum-quality materials to help preserve art. $$

Browning Frames

309 Nassau Ave., nr. Apollo St., Greenpoint; 718-834-8801;

The main draw of this shop is the handmade frames, designed by owner Katy Browning and made locally by old-world–style craftsmen in Brooklyn. $$ (by appointment only / made in N.Y.)

City Frame

259 W. 30th St., nr. Eighth Ave., fourth fl.; 212-967-4401;

For careful work on insanely valuable canvases, call on this shop. City Frame doesn’t send art off to some big warehouse to get manhandled; everything is made by hand in its immense on-site workshop. $$

Eli Wilner & Company

1525 York Ave., nr. 81st St.; 212-744-6521;

Want to drop $100,000 on a frame for your new Whistler? Consult Wilner, who’s pretty much cornered the market in 19th- and early-20th-century antique American frames. The company also does frame restoration, replication, and custom-carved doors and panels. $$$$

Frank & Joe Gallery and Framing

328 E. 78th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-535-0167

Don’t bother looking for Frank & Joe’s website—this 32-year-old institution is old-school and proud of it. The tiny shop collects and purveys frames of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Its framers have handled a number of custom jobs and out-there requests. $$-$$$ (made in N.Y.)

General Art Company

180 Varick St., nr. King St., 11th fl.; 212-255-1298;

Mainly concentrating on gallery and archival framing, General Art creates contemporary maple, oak, and other fine wood frames. $$-$$$ (made in N.Y.)

GK Framing Group

169 Hudson St., nr. Laight St.; 212-431-0633;

GK offers an extensive selection of frames (period to contemporary), collaborates with master artisans (gilders, carvers, smiths), and protects precious works through state-of-the-art sealing in an immaculate room. Appointments are recommended. $$$ (consulting services / made in N.Y.)


636 Broadway, at Bleecker St., Ste. 1208; 212-477-4319;

This company doesn’t offer framing, but its placement and installation specialists know how to keep artwork safe. Services include setting up lighting, locking art to walls, and emplacing motorized sculptures. $$$ (by appointment only)

J. Pocker

135 E. 63rd St., at Lexington Ave.; 212-838-5488;

Whether you're framing a drawing by your kids or an Old Master canvas, you'll find an appropriate setting here—where the knowledgeable staff can direct you to something that will best complement the work. $$-$$$ (consulting services / made in N.Y.)

Lee's Art Shop

220 W. 57th St., nr. Broadway; 212-247-0110;

In addition to its same-day framing service, Lee’s also offers a full selection of framing hardware and accessories, including gallery rods, easels, picture lights, and plate hangers. $$

Make a Frame

180 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St., Cobble Hill; 718-875-6150;

This Atlantic Avenue mainstay specializes in ambitious projects that go far beyond pictures, like framing a salvaged piece of the Hindenburg. The patient staff are known for their hour-long consultations and extensive knowledge of the vintage maps and hand-silk-screened prints in stock. $$

Mascot Studio

328 E. 9th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-228-9090;

The owner is a fine-art painter and by-commission pet portraitist, but the real bread and butter here is the framing business. Several baskets of pre-fitted frames are available, as well as the option to cut and fit custom ones. $$ (consulting services)

Minagawa Art Lines

210 11th Ave., nr. 25th St., Ste. 402; 212-242-8088

A lot of artists are unfailingly loyal to Yasuo Minagawa, and though he uses fine woods such as white oak, ash, and maple, the magic is in his custom-mixed colors and finishes. $$$ (by appointment only / made in N.Y.)


141 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave., 12th fl.; 212-925-7856;

Skyframe was originally launched to serve the fashion and retail industries as a one-stop shop for printing, framing, and display. The business has since expanded to encompass customizable frames and mirrors. $$-$$$


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