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Dykes Lumber Company

167 6th St., nr. Third Ave., Gowanus (various locations); 718-624-3350;

Dykes is 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. $-$$

E.R. Butler & Co.

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

It’s worth dragging your decorator to this trade-only fixtures showroom: The wares here run the gamut from simple brass 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;

An old-style hardware store that’s kept up with the times: Here, New Yorkers can find American Psycho–size axes alongside bike locks and plumbing valves. 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;

Need paint to liven up a studio apartment? Or tools to adjust a fixture or hang frames on the wall? Shapiro has the goods and the staff for 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;

Nuthouse takes up three floors plus the basement of a sizable building, and 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 a year. $-$$

P.E. Guerin

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

According to its self-recorded history, P.E. Guerin is the oldest decorative-hardware company in the United States and the only metal foundry in New York 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;

Saifee is a neighborhood hardware store with big-box-level inventory. 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;

The broad inventory 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 Hardware

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

Shop here for tools, plumbing, ladders, mini-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. $$


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