The team at PPG Pittsburgh Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Multiple sheens of Manor Hall ($61.38+/gal.) and Manor Hall Timeless ($67.65+/gal.) paint stand ready to replace previous exterior embellishments, such as presidential portraits painted in mustard. Sun-Proof, whose penetrating formula provides long-lasting UV protection ($58.41+/gal.), helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season.
Since its founding in 1946 by Louis Mancuso, a flying instructor for the British Royal Air Force, Mid Island Air Service has graduated more than 5,000 pilots from its flight school. Its flock of FAA-certified flight instructors imparts the aeronautic knowledge and pixie dust required to achieve a number of certifications, from private to commercial-instrument to sport pilot. Based out of both Brookhaven and Long Island MacArthur Airports, Mid Island boasts a combined hangar space of nearly 200,000 square feet, enough to provide FBO services to small-aircraft owners alongside its own stable of training and rental aircraft.
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.
They call themselves “Hardwarians.” The employees of Feinsod Hardware, a True Value store, know the ins and outs of home improvement and can lead customers to the best tools for any do-it-yourself project. Shelves stock everything from power tools by Master Mechanic and DeWalt to ready-made accessories for grills, cars, and even pets, plus all the hardware accoutrements for doors, cabinets, and gingerbread houses. The Hardwarians also offer services, including key cutting, knife sharpening and grill servicing.
The scintillating scents of curry and ginger waft through Bombay Club to capture wandering noses from a comprehensive menu full of authentic Indian flavors. Vegan dishes fall in step with culinary commands to feed meatless militias with cumin-spiced potatoes and cauliflower in the aloo gobi ($14), while tempered vegetarian allies dine on the baigan bharta, puréed eggplant infused with a blend of ginger and freshly ground spices ($12). The deft chefs assuage kebab cravings with many speared specialties from the tandoor oven, such as the red-masala-marinated shrimp bihari ($19), or chicken malai enclosed in a creamy-sauce chrysalis ($16). Peruse the British Curry House menu for dishes reflecting an Anglo-Saxon influence like beef saag, distinguished by its creamy spinach and unruly devotion to Tottenham Hotspur ($18). Sides of fragrant basil-cheese naan ($6) and lentil-enhanced tamarind rice ($6) soak up stray sauce droplets and pre-clean plates for weary dishwashers.