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!

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.