Reared by a loving family of owner-operators since 1937, Berger Hardware rolls out labyrinthine aisles of home and garden products. Under the umbrella of the nationwide True Value franchise, the shop stocks and replenishes a vast array of standard inventory, seasonal items, and literal nuts and bolts. Knowledgeable staffers draw on their personal tool-wrangling experience to dispense expert advice and connect customers with their ideal equipment.
Customer service is front and center at this family owned Morningside Heights hardware store. Customers can’t get two feet inside the store before a staff member asks if they need any assistance. Perhaps is the hardware outfit’s diminutive size that brings people closer together, but locals would say that it’s simply the way University Hardware is run. Either way, the cheery vibe permeates every department, from basic plumbing and electrical hardware needs to cleaning supplies and boxes for storage or moving. The shelves are stacked mostly to the ceiling, so feel free to ask if you can’t find that special gizmo you need so badly. The store runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, with protracted hours on Saturday and Sunday and a locksmith operation that’s perfect for the next time you lose your keys.
Designated a city landmark in 2008, Webster Hall was named Nightclub of the Year in 2011 by Nightclub & Bar magazine and called the “jewel of the Village” by Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill. First opened in 1886, its iconic framework has hosted such major acts as Prince and Mick Jagger, and served as a speakeasy, a lecture hall, and a mentor to troubled teenage buildings. Today, live shows performed by stars such as Kanye West and Alicia Keys take place in the Grand Ballroom, which is equipped with state-of-the-art acoustics and cutting-edge audio-visual equipment. In addition, the venue hosts weekly dance-club nights, the official NYC Halloween Parade Afterparty, and an annual New Year’s Eve Ball.
The Ferguson network of stores carries an extensive selection of equipment and supplies to overhaul or update automobiles, gardens, kitchens, baths, and patios. Beef up a bare tool belt with a Bostitch rip hammer ($25.99) or a 10-piece screwdriver set ($13.49). Spruce up drab rooms and lackluster family pets with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore paint or air out an arid space and improve Darth Vader impersonations with an oscillating desk fan ($17.99).
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.
Robert Parsly, a lighting designer with more than 25 years of experience, leads a knowledgeable staff at Lightwaves NJ, whose inventory is packed with lighting and home products for every room of the house. To help clients get an accurate picture of how each sconce and chandelier will look, Lightwaves fills its show room with creative displays of both indoor and outdoor spaces.