Recommended Home Improvement Services
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

I have used all but two of the businesses listed below. Not all trades are listed. Some trades I don't have one to recommend (e.g. architect, general contractor, wood refinisher, window place, paperhanger). I have some window washer cards and gold leaf cards, but I have never used one. One (a mason) needs to print cards to get listed here. And I have a gardener that will be added when I get a business card.

  Contents to Business Cards Below:

Inside Work

Erik Paulsson has been doing electrical work in Park Slope for 20 years. He lives at 5th Ave and Union St. His sister moved here, he visited, and he fell in love with the place. He does not own a car. He either walks to the job, takes a bus, or one of his workmen will pick him up.


Juan Martinez is a licensed master plumber doing business under Do Rite Mechanical. It is him and his helper in a truck. Low overhead. But as he is not near Park Slope he will only come for large jobs. You can check his insurance status in BIS. His e-mail isDoRite-email.


Fitzroy Flemming takes care of a couple houses here on 1st St. Plus he does the things listed on his card. No e-mail. He has a regular job. These things are done on the side. Fitzroy is one of the two here I have not used. One neighbor found him to be expensive.


Stafford Elliott can handle all of your floor needs, including installing face-nailed floors. (See my Face Nailed Floor Borders page for ordering the wood.) He has been doing floors for decades. His son Jason now works with him.


Adriatic Wood Products is the place to go for your millwork needs. They can do both small and large run sizes. Their website.


Juan Marcos Myerston is a cabinetmaker. He made my Ipe deck and pergola. Now doing business as Pinocchio Woodworks. His website.


Many years ago I needed new stairs to the cellar. The soil floor that was here when I bought the house had rotted out the bottom. Plus the new concrete floor wasn't the same height. Soxco Stairs built me perfect stairs, which I left unfinished. Their website.


I used Mr. Sewer in 2003. He probably isn't the closest. On the web I find him out at 1536 Rockaway Pkwy in Canarsie. Use the 718-272-3318 number.


Eddie can custom make plaster medallions and plaster crown moldings. The website.


If you want to own your own marketing floor plans, Don is the local guy. And the most reasonable. If you look at real estate listings you have seen his plans. I plan to overlay on the plans of my house what circuit each light and socket map to. His website.


I use Dan to terminate my network and telephone wiring. You would need to have rather extensive wiring to use him. His website.


Outside Work

Premier Roofing is the closest roofer to Park Slope. Unlike Greene Roofing, where you don't know who you will be dealing with, at Premier it is Fred, or maybe his brother. Their website. E-mail is on the contact page.


As far as I know, Lotus Awnings is the only place left in Brooklyn that makes traditional canvas awnings. When the tornado blew a branch onto my awning they repaired it. They are also a dealer for Eastern Retractable Awnings.


Allen is the go-to guy in Park Slope to revive your gas lantern. The mentioned video cannot be found.


Boro Land Surveying is the only local surveyor. He is very busy and very hard to get. If he has surveyed a contiguous neighbor, that will also appear on your survey.


Nigel Rollings made really lovely mahogany side fences for me. Then we had a falling out. He refused to let me plant a vine to cover a back fence towering 8' over my backyard. He is not into native plants, which I want. His garden designs tend to be formal. He likes water features and art. He likes symmetry, I like wildness. I have a more practical outlook than he has. Compared to some other garden designers his prices are very reasonable. His e-mail address can be found on his website.


A.J is the local iron place. They have a big shop on the canal side of 3rd Ave. They do small jobs on Saturdays. Their website.


Scaran is out in Southern Staten Island. They are included here for those that want the comfort advantages -- like I do -- of Carrier's top-of-the-line variable-speed Infinity System. If you want something simpler, you are better off with some local installer. Scaran's website.



The 5th Ave Keyshop can make "skeleton keys" for the warded locks found in our houses.


You are probably familiar with Peter Romano's Stained Glass Store. Now at his fourth location, he has been in Park Slope since 1976. He can restore any of the stained glass in your house. He will come to your house to take it out and put it back, but only within Park Slope.


I needed a demolition hammer (aka jack hammer) to bust up a low brick wall in my back yard. My Tool Rental & Equipment had three sizes of the electric ones. I rented the smallest. It did the job. They have any tool that you might need, but don't own. Their website.


I have used Bear Glass for mirrors. They resilvered an overmantle mirror, they made an overmantle mirror with a beveled edge, and they made me a small mirror out of Starphire glass. I ended up with free delivery for all. Their website. The 20th St location is very near 7th Ave. Production now takes place in Queens Village.


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