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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Writer Max Berlinger is one busy guy. He's the associate editor at Out Magazine, a contributor to The Moment blog on the New York Times website, and a contributing writer for Vogue UK and Vogue.com. He recommends this old-school spot in the East Village for all your apartment pick-me-up needs.
Saifee Hardware could easily be overlooked from its modest exterior, but it's an amazing resource if you're looking to revamp your living quarters on the cheap. I discovered it back when I first moved to New York and needed to breathe some joy into my sad, dilapidated apartment on St. Marks, and I still stop by now and then to pick up some goodies, even though I'm now living in Brooklyn. They have an extensive selection of nuts-and-bolts hardware—if you're the DIY type—and more decorative offerings if you just want to be surrounded by pretty things.
Whether you're looking to freshen up the paint in your abode or start a fire escape garden, they've got you covered, and their prices are hard to beat without schlepping to a larger chain (not that you'd want to—they've been around for 20 years and are family owned and operated, which is something of a miracle these days). They'll even rent you tools or suggest independent contractors to help with a project. And they're nice people, which counts for a lot.· Saifee Hardware [Official Site]
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