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).
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.
Tub Klass aims to save homeowners the cost of replacing a dingy or slightly damaged bathtub, instead refinishing the tub to restore it to its gleaming former glory. The company does this with its own products, which it created after extensive trial and error. So developed has Tub Klass's methods become that the company now teaches classes on bathroom refinishing. Its techs can tackle other tub-related projects, too, including liner removal, chip and crack repair, and stone-fleck refinishing.
Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. These works are indisputable masterpieces, but prints and posters of them are ubiquitous enough to make them tiring. For decorative artist Alexis Carberry, one of the joys of her job is creating things that no one has ever seen before. “People can’t even fathom the things I can come up with for them.”
To create each singular masterpiece, Alexis kicks off projects with in-depth consultations. The client can present polished ideas or just a color scheme, theme, photos of the space, or a favorite Rorschach blot. In response, Alexis sketches several ideas until she and her client decide on the ideal design. Wielding high-density, fume-free acrylic paints, she then sets to work on walls, canvases, or furniture. Depending on the size, projects can take up to several weeks to complete; but if properly maintained, they can last a lifetime.