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Almac Hardware

2 Newkirk Plz., nr. Newkirk Ave., Flatbush; 718-434-1736; almachardware.com

Shop owner Paul Goldman has an encyclopedic knowledge of hardware minutiae—a handy commodity for his Flatbush neighborhood, which comprises a lot of high-maintenance Victorian homes. Like a patriarch of mom-and-pop fix-it shops, Goldman will kindly refer you to a local handyman if the job’s too big for a lone DIYer. $-$$

Dykes Lumber Company

348 W. 44th St., nr. Ninth Ave. (multiple locations); 212-582-1930; dykeslumber.com

Serving the area for over a century, Dykes remains a trusted option for urban home improvement. From big-picture items like door frames and windows to curated details like ceiling medallions and decorative pieces, trained staff will guide you through the purchasing process, and even make custom orders if they don’t have what you need on hand. $-$$

ER Butler & Co.

55 Prince St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-925-3565; erbutler.com

It’s worth dragging your decorator to this trade-only fixtures showroom: The wares here run the gamut from simple bronze handles to decorative porcelain birds, with a collection of glass doorknobs to boot. Some items are hand-detailed or plated with gold. $$$ (by appointment only)

Garber Hardware

710 Greenwich St., nr. Charles St.; 212-242-9807; garberhardware.com

Where else can New Yorkers find American Psycho–size axes alongside bike locks and 25-pound sacks of dry manure? There are electrical supplies and kitchenware in the store’s main warehouse-style showroom; a separate room to the left holds the more heavy-duty stuff. $$

M&D Shapiro True Value Hardware

63 Bleecker St., at Lafayette St.; 212-477-4180; truevalue.com

Need paint to liven up a studio apartment? Or the tools to adjust a fixture or hang frames on the wall? Shapiro has the goods and the staff to help on small, DIY projects. $

Nuñez Hardware Store

4147 Broadway, nr. W. 175th St.; 212-927-8518

At this narrow, merchandise-packed shop, the staff is quick to help you locate what you need—be it painting supplies or hard-to-find nuts and bolts. $

Nuthouse Hardware

202 E. 29th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-545-1447; nuthousehardwarecom

Nuthouse takes up three floors plus the basement of a sizable building. It stocks not only the usual bolts and springs but also rare valves and specialized tools. Bonus: It’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. $-$$

P.E. Guerin

23 Jane St., nr. W. 4th St.; 212-243-5270; peguerin.com

According to its self-recorded history, P.E. Guerin is the oldest decorative-hardware company in the U.S. and the only metal foundry in the city. For incredible custom hardware, this should be your first stop. $$-$$$$ (by appointment only / made in N.Y.)

Saifee Hardware

114 First Ave., at 7th St.; 212-979-6396; saifeehardware.com

Saifee is a neighborhood hardware store that boasts a Home Depot–worthy inventory in a space that’s anything but big-box. In the warmer months, the gardening area carries daffodil bulbs and dwarf Alberta spruces—as well as the shovels needed to plant them. $

Simon's Hardware & Bath

421 Third Ave., nr. 29th St.; 212-532-9220; simonsny.com

The broad inventory here showcases imported and domestic hardware for the home, including a huge display of kitchen cabinets, locks, door fixtures, and decorative hardware like engraved knobs and refrigerator pulls. $$-$$$

Tarzian True Value Hardware

193 Seventh Ave., nr. 2nd St., Park Slope; 718-788-4120; tarzianhardware.com

Shop here for tools, plumbing, ladders, Levolor blinds, vacuum cleaners, Weber grills, and supplies for gardening and painting, all at low prices. The key department makes copies for less than the neighboring locksmiths, and the store now sells plants from the back garden, which has its own pond. $$ (consulting services)

Weinstein & Holtzman Hardware

29 Park Row, nr. Beekman St.; 212-233-4651; doorsframesandhardware.com

Established in 1920, this financial-district institution has an expansive inventory: There’s a Benjamin Moore mixing station and service counter, plus shelves holding goods like concrete drill bits, replacement stove knobs, and hacksaws.$$

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