services 04.27.04


· Plumbers
For over 30 years, Joel Cohen and his 16 employees of Sandy's Plumbing, 212.475.6510, have been doing everything from high-end alterations to fixing leaks in walls and changing fixtures. They work anywhere in Manhattan and repairs are charged by the hour ($150/hr).

Mac Felder Plumbing, 212.877.8450. FDR was in his first term when this company opened, which does mostly high-end work in Manhattan. It's $120 for the first hour, $96 after that, plus materials and tax.

· Plumbing Supplies
F & M Plumbing, 631 E. 9th [B/C] 212.674.0629, has been around since 1946. It's no-frills, but you can save 25%-40% off retail on fixtures here.

· Hardware
Simon's Hardware, 421 3rd [29th/30th] 212.532.9220. Hinges, key trims, pulls, locks, bolts, hinges, sinks, toilets, faucets, decorative hardware…you get the idea. Everything's gorgeous, but not cheap.

Kraft, 315 E. 62nd [1st/2nd] 212.838.2214. Pretty much the same deal as Simon's, but with a custom shop on the premises.

· Renovation
If you're ready to take the plunge, check out Clare Donohue's company featured last summer on MUG.

· The Fine Print
According to the Department of Buildings, "simple repairs or direct replacement of existing faucets, or fixtures, such as toilets and sinks, is considered cosmetic work and does not have to be performed by a licensed plumber and does not require a permit." Generally, though, you really do want a licensed plumber (our two recommended plumbing companies are licensed). For more info on doing work in NY apartment buildings, download the PDF from the Dept. of Buildings here.
David Brooks, a political columnist at the Times, writes today:

"Don't get me wrong. I love living in Washington. I still think it is the least superficial of the interesting American cities, owing to our inability to experience sensual pleasure."

You mean that with a wry smile, eh Dave? Can't experience pleasure, so you're all fascinating, simply fascinating brainiacs down there. Know just what you mean. Those flibbertigibbet Chicagoans just bore the bejesus out of us. We numnutz New Yorkers can't string two sentences together without hurting ourselves. And talk about superficial: San Franciscoans! Really, who has time to think during all those non-stop orgies?

Hey, Dave, guess what? During a shallow conversation in Boston last week, the chatter turned to who might be the least interesting of the superficial pundits and your name came up.

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