Mon-Thu, 7:30am-5pm; Fri; 7:30am-4pm; Sat-Sun, closed
1 at Franklin St.
Chris, Valerie, and John Christou have run this inviting Tribeca shop for more than twenty years, specializing in the many intricacies of sinks, tubs, toilets, and fixtures. The twisting, ground-floor space is a gleaming sea of shiny chrome and delicate porcelain, with new wares by big names like Crane, American Standard, Meyer-Sniffen, and Kohler readily available. But George Taylor Specialties is best known for its hard-to-find vintage items, which make it popular among professionals and the public alike. The store also performs repairs at its on-site machine shop (sink faucets and valves are the most frequently sought repairs) and makes custom pieces to replace old fixtures (the top request is matching vintage-sink handles).