Jaspan Hardware outfits handyfolk, gardeners, tinkerers, and painters with all the tools and equipment they need to tackle household chores and projects. Table saws, drills, and sanders from brands such as DeWalt and Black & Decker add a hit of electric power and precision to jobs. The shop also deals in timeless implements with sturdy, old-fashioned Stanley claw hammers, ensuring that jobs get done even after the impending magnetic-field reversal destroys the power grid. Whether they’re professionals or weekenders, plumbers, builders, mechanics, and other tradesfolk outfit themselves with an extensive online and in-store collection of pipes, parts, and tools. The inventory also includes the equipment needed to tame houses’ outer surroundings, with an ample supply of spades, fertilizers, and planters helping gardeners care for lawns and flower beds.
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.
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.