Since Harry Zarin opened the shop in 1936, the thousands of bolts of drapery and upholstery material at Zarin Fabrics have brightened homes and businesses with their elegant designs. Like your family's antique-wig collection, the company is now in its third generation of family ownership, with shelves and walls stocked with a meticulously curated collection of millions of yards of colorful threads. Custom upholstery and window treatment services add personal touches to at-home decor, and foam inserts, intricate patterns, and decorative trimming help crafters will their own fluffy sofas and eye-catching curtains into existence.
Nestled in a charming, mass-transit-friendly corner of the Lower East Side, the shop has also lent its signature fabrics to New York television icons, with set designers for shows such as 30 Rock and Law & Order creating memorable settings for TV episodes out of Zarin's extensive textile resources.
At Copper Chimney, chefs design a menu of chicken, lamb, and vegetarian entrees infused with traditional Indian spices and flavors. The upstairs bar and lounge area can accommodate up to 65 guests or one thirsty swim team, while the bartenders sling Indian beers alongside signature cocktails, which were exclusively designed by mixologist Jerry Banks. On the first floor, a dining room spreads its row of booth- and chair-lined tables across the gleaming wood floors as an assortment of sculptures, Indian artwork, and curious teddy bears keeps watch from alcoves in the earth-toned walls.
In 1997, magician Michael Chaut realized that New York—long the haunt of some of the world's most talented magicians—no longer had a live magic venue. Wasting no time, Chaut assembled a super squad of fellow tricksters and illusionists, together creating the weekly showcase Monday Night Magic. Now firmly installed at the intimate Players Theatre, the shows strip away such over-the-top distractions as pyrotechnics and live animals, who generally give away the tricks post-performance anyway. Their shows instead beguile audiences with up-close sleight-of-hand and mental tricks, and also enter the realm of variety-show-style entertainment with jugglers and sword swallowers. During intermissions, the performing magicians take a chance to stroll through the room, hunkering down at lucky audience members' tables to dazzle them with up-close trickery.
Click and Improve is an online database that fixes homeowners up with licensed contractors, repairmen, and industry experts. With hundreds of services available at the click of a computer mouse, the business's online process breaks down the exact details—and the exact price—of each service before sending a home-improvement specialist to the site. Customers use a drop-down menu to choose the service they need completed, and after filling out a thorough questionnaire and birthday wish list, they can attach videos and photos to their web account to more accurately convey repair needs. Click and Improve then rounds up competitive bids or offers pre-priced services, and upon the job's completion, homeowners relay their feedback through the company's website.
Supreme Hardware's knowledgeable staff has been outfitting and guiding neighborhood customers through home-improvement projects for more than 30 years. The shop stocks its shelves with an array of hardware flanked by everyday home goods, such as surge protectors and cord organizers ($9.95+), along with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs ($11.95+ for three-pack) available in a rainbow of shades and colors to suit any décor or favorite light-spectrum demographic. Spruce up countertops or bath tile with heavy-duty grout and granite cleaners ($14.95+), or set to work on more complex home projects by using today's deal toward a tool kit ($39), outfitted with a screwdriver, hammer, wrenches, and a pocket-sized Bob Vila.