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Isn't It Ironic?

Even without the Counter Spy Shop's metal detectors, we found sparkle from the basic (doorknobs)to the indulgent (top-shelf cookware).

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The view from the top of the Peninsula is among the best in New York. With the hotel under renovation, the patrons of its gym and spa remain privy to the phenomenal vista. For a month, new clients can get a free day-pass to the gym ($50 value) with any of its relaxing, and thorough, facials (which are 15 percent off). We recommend a dip in the pool, too. You may not want to leave. Peninsula Spa, 700 Fifth Ave., at 55th St., twenty-first floor (903-3910); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 8:30-8:30, Sat.&-Sun. 8:45-6:30; 4/6-5/6.

Nuts and Bolts
Walking into Simon’s Hardware and Bath gives one an education in what tiny accessories go into putting together an apartment. Hooks, hinges, knobs, pulls, and towel bars are just some of the items this 90-year-old store carries. Omnia products are on sale: for example, big hooks, were $22.11, now $13.27; brass front-door entrance sets, were $330, now $198; cabinet door handles and knobs, were $4.95-$31.68, now $2.97-$19. Simon’s Hardware & Bath, 421 Third Ave., near 29th St. (532-9220); Mon-Wed. and Fri. 8-5:30, Thurs. till 7, Sat. 10-6; A.E., M.C., V.; 4/6-4/25.

Sale of the Century
Anyone looking for sleek twentieth-century furniture (designs by Eileen Gray, Philippe Starck, Paolo Piva, and others) ought to stop at M2L. Usually open to the trade only, the showroom now has a Fiam Italia glass étagère, retail $4,250, here $1,900; Eileen Gray black leather Bibendum chair, retail $8,000, here $4,468; Wittmann Metropolis sofa, retail $11,000, here $4,970. M2L Collection, D&D Building, 979 Third Ave., Suite 820, near 58th St. (832-8222); M.C., V.; Mon.-Thurs. 9:30-5; 4/6-4/9.

Picks Among Pans
S. Feldman -- the trusty east side hardware store -- is putting really first-class All-Clad Master Chef cookware on sale. For example, ten-inch frying pan, was $70, now $49.99; two-quart sauté pan, was $95, now $59.99; twelve-quart stockpot, was $240, now $159.99. It’s also offering Miele vacuum cleaners, all for at least $100 off. S. Feldman Housewares Inc., 1304 Madison Ave., near 92nd St. (289-7367); Mon.-Sat. 9-6, Sun. 12-5; A.E., M.C., V.; 4/12-4/30.

Road to Mandalay
For food from Vietnam, or Indonesia, or Malaysia, or Thailand, or Myanmar, the gourmet caterer Saffron 59 delivers -- everything from hors d’oeuvre to dinner entrées. For the rest of the month, all parties or events booked for before August 15 will be 15 percent off. Call Saffron, Inc. at 253-1343 to book an event or for more information; through 4/30.

P.A.K Contributions
Another recent addition to burgeoning NoLiTa, P.A.K makes classic, versatile women’s wear. Wool-cashmere coat, was $350, now $150; cotton-Lycra skirt, was $130, now $65; camisoles, were $85, now $45. P.A.K, 229 Mott St. (226-5167); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sat. 12:30-7, Sun. 1-6; 4/7 until supplies run out.

Gentlemen’s Agreement
Elegant menswear from Italian powerhouses -- Luciano Soprani, Redaelli, and Gianfranco Ferré -- will be available at this sample sale. Suits, retail $950-$1,200, here $399; jackets, retail $600-$750, here $199; shirts, retail $225, here $75; trousers, retail $235, here $75. Assaf I Ltd., 632 Broadway, near Bleecker St., fourth floor (533-7724); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-7; 4/6-4/10.

Tools for 007
Perhaps you too have wondered about the characters spotted wandering up and down the beach with metal detectors. The Counter Spy Shop invites you to join the ranks of these archaeologists in training: It’s putting Ace Investigator metal detectors on sale for $179.95 (they were $285). Counter Spy Shop, 444 Madison Ave., near 49th St. (688-8500); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon. 9-6, Tues.&-Thurs. 9-7, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-4, Sun. 11-4; 4/6-4/30.


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