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 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.
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 knowledgeable staff at Hamilton True Value helps tackle home-improvement projects with an expansive inventory of merchandise. Deluxe high-back folding chairs ($20.99) and banquet tables ($73.99) add a touch of class to backyard feasts or amateur wrestling matches, while repelling arboreal intruders with a a 50 pound bag of ice-melting pellets ($29.99) keeps vagrant snowmen at bay. Patrons can also apply the value toward larger purchases, like the burger-terrifying Weber gas grill ($399), or use it to polish off a long-delayed interior redecoration with Pratt & Lambert brand paints. Services such as window repair, key cutting, and scissor sharpening are also available to keep homeowners happy.
Treat yourself to a hearty diner dinner at Silver Star Restaurant.
You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge.
At Silver Star Restaurant, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Silver Star Restaurant's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Or, take your food to go.
Street and lot parking is simple near Silver Star Restaurant.
Silver Star Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Short on cash? No problem. Silver Star Restaurant happily accepts all major credit cards.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.