Celebrating NYC Pride 2016

We are celebrating NYC Pride Week at the hardware store this year by dressing up our largest window display with the colors of Gilbert Baker’s LGBT Pride flag.

We arranged six columns each made out of products that we sell throughout the hardware store. Each item (the packaging or the product itself) is one of the six colors from the 1979 version of the Gay Pride flag, the one that is most widely used today. Those colors are red, orange, yellow, green, royal blue and violet.

So stop on by and check out the window this week through Saturday (we’re closed on Sunday’s).

Have fun in the pride march this Sunday and a wonderful Pride Week!

photo: store window display of Klein Tools tool bags

Klein Tools’ Traditional Canvas Tool Bag

There’s something special about the Traditional Canvas Tool Bag made by Klein Tools. The design is simple and elegant. The materials: natural canvas top; rivets; steel; leather; stitching and brown vinyl bottom. Construction workers use them to carry their tools. The average customer wants them in place of their backpacks or purses. One look at Klein Tools’ Traditional Canvas Tool Bag, and you know that whoever is carrying it is ready to get to work.

photo: man holding canvas Klein Tool bag

Recently, we spotted NYC videographer and photographer Josiah Esowe and his canvas Klein Tool Bag on the NYC Subway.

photo: store window display of Klein Tools tool bags

The Klein Tools’ Traditional Canvas Tool Bags have been a regular feature in our shop windows. The three sizes displayed here are (from left to right) the twelve, sixteen and twenty-four inch sizes.

trash basket

There are 25,000 litter baskets in the naked city. This is one of them.

The NYC Department of Sanitation Adopt-a-Basket Program

A few months ago, the NYC Department of Sanitation (NYCDS) asked us if we’d like to be a volunteer in its Adopt-a-Basket Program. The program offers local businesses the opportunity to take care of, or adopt, a NYCDS litter basket next to their establishment.

We jumped at the opportunity immediately. These days, many of the public litter baskets can overflow with garbage well before the NYC Sanitation teams can get to them on their regular schedules. So, it was a bit of a no-brainer that we’d participate. Here are the details.

NYCDS Adopt-a-Basket Volunteers are provided with:

  • A supply of plastic liners
  • A collection schedule
  • A direct DSNY contact at our local office
When Your litter basket is three-quarters full simply:
  • Remove the used plastic liner (garbage bag).
  • Tie the liner up.
  • Leave the tied up liner next to the basket and insert a new liner.

That’s it! It’s an easy way to help keep the neighborhood tidy.

If you want to go a step further, check out the NYCDS Sponsor-a-Basket Program.

The NYCDS has other programs that the NYC community can participate in, as well, so check them out if you’re interested.

Nothing Like a Fresh Coat of Thermoplastic

There’s nothing like a freshly painted crosswalk to brighten one’s day. NYC DOT was installing #thermoplastic markings this morning at the 21st & 7th Ave intersection right outside our building. This DOT crew runs a smooth and efficient operation of cordoning off their work area as they go, sweeping away debris, installing the markings and then heading off to their next location.

Our Local Tree from Million Trees NYC

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation planted this hornbeam tree that’s situated right next to our hardware store. It’s one of the trees that were planted as a part of the Million Trees NYC project. If you live in NYC and there are any trees on your block, take a look to see if any of those trees are part of the project. If you want to help take care of the one or more of them, just follow the instructions on the metal tag which should looped around one of the branches.

A Fairmount Wrench from Last Century

Fairmount 1-1/16 inch wrench

A 1-1/16 inch wrench manufactured by Fairmount Tool and Forging.

A Thing of Beauty

This is a Fairmount 1-1/16th inch wrench. It’s not a particularly old tool compared to actual antique tools that were made at least 100 years ago. But, its shape is different enough from today’s wrenches that it can grab the attention of even the occasional tool handler. Some might say that this Fairmount wrench looks dated. Others might say that it looks just right and wonder why they don’t make them like this anymore.

It’s not known exactly what year, let alone what decade, this wrench was manufactured. But it’s safe to say that it was made in the 1900’s. According to Alloy-Artifacts.org, Fairmount Tool and Forging was founded in Cleveland, OH in 1917.

photo: Kove Brothers Hardware building

“HARDWARE” on 7th Avenue

A Familiar Sign

The main sign for our hardware store is a landmark — literally. It can be seen from two blocks away. It’s a two-story tall, vertical, rectangular sign emblazoned with the word “HARDWARE” in red capital letters. The sign is easy to see from a distance because it’s attached to the corner of the building and thrusts out over the sidewalk corner. It’s hard miss.