Motorcycles line the outside of Got Rods LLC, waiting for the expert mechanics to address their engine needs. The technicians repair small motors in any kind of vehicle, from motorcycles to snow blowers. They also add upgrades to shiny steeds within the garage.
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.
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.
"Aunt Annie's Fruit Stand in Hillsdale, NJ." There was a time when any piece of mail marked with this destination would find its way to Demarest Farms. In the early 1900s, Annie Demarest set up a roadside stand to sell the fruit that her brother, Lincoln, had begun growing in orchards on their family's farm. The orchards were a new addition to land originally purchased in 1886 by the Demarest family, who had been farming American soil since the 17th century. Demarest Farms started out with mostly cattle and chickens, but Lincoln's orchards soon became famous, attracting visitors from around the region for juicy peaches, strawberries, apples, and other fruits.
The fruits helped Demarest Farms blossom into what it is today: a farm with a large onsite market offering just-picked produce and complimentary fresh air. In the 1970s, Lincoln's grandson, Peter, introduced pick-your-own adventures, which are still popular with visitors today. After trekking out into the orchards or pumpkin patches to pluck fruit so fresh the paint might still be wet, guests return to the market, where they can visit the ice-cream parlor, delicatessen, or country bakery. The market has a few modern features as well, including a salad bar and a shop with seasonal and gourmet foods.
Since 1967, the Pia family has owned and operated The Fashion Valet, where they clean, alter, and preserve garments using green cleaning techniques. They offer pickup and drop-off services, which grant customers the option to leave their unkempt clothing at home, in the office, or draped over nearby scarecrows. In addition to purifying grimy duds, the Pias hand press delicate apparel to safely eliminate wrinkles and give items a professionally finished look.