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.
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.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Korean spa's massive 40,000-square-foot facility houses multiple floors, which each feature saunas aimed at providing visitors with relaxation and health benefits. Heated to a pore-opening 200 degrees Celsius from burning oak-tree wood, the dome-shaped hot-steam room—bulhanjeungmok in Korean—features floors made of yellow soil and salt that replicate a 500-year-old therapy designed to treat illness and pain. On the complete opposite side of the temperature spectrum, the ice sauna uses freezer-like frosted walls to cool the air around patrons sitting on log stools or standing on their hands. In between hopping from sauna to sauna, visitors may hang out in one of the lounges, get a haircut, or even grab a warm Korean meal or refreshing dessert.
As Yarok Beauty Kitchen founder and head stylist Mordechai Alvow flits across his three-chair salon, he’s equally likely to have scissors or glass beakers in hand. The celebrity stylist and mix master draws essential oils and botanicals such as chamomile and coconut from his collection of amber apothecary jars, creating beakers full of custom serums that repair and refresh hair. Along with stylists Theadora Guzman and Lisa Marie Natishak, Alvow—whose styling has appeared in Vogue and on the runway for Alexander McQueen—enhances new ‘dos with blow-outs and color from the Organic Color Systems. Yarok Beauty Kitchen’s in-house makeup artist, Christopher Drummond, updates looks and covers up freckles shaped like Hitchcock's silhouette with his own brand of organic makeup, which has graced the faces of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda.
The Zeetron Inc team of technology specialists restores and upgrades pocket-dwelling investments with services including screen replacements, color changes, water-damage repair, unlocks, and jailbreaks. Using certified parts, Zeetron enlivens iPhones and HTC smartphones after an unfortunate rendezvous with the ground. The iPhones take on a fresh hue during color-swapping services, making it easier for owners to find them in the parking lot. Anything sent in for service gets fixed and plopped back in the mail—free of charge—on the same day it's received, and a 90-day warranty accompanies every product and repair. For those in need of parts, Zeetron stocks various gadgets and accessories for phones, laptops, cameras, and handheld gaming systems.