Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Local Resources

Finding robot parts is not the easiest thing in the Big Apple, so here is a list of some of the many places in New York City to buy parts. Please feel free to contact us with any additional places you know of.

269 Electronics
269 Canal Street New York, NY 10013
The store is located all the way in the back and carries a variety of electronic components and tools. Limited selection, call ahead for best results.

America's Hobby Center

263 W 30th St, New York, NY
(212) 675-8922
Great hobby store that has lots of good parts such as balsa wood, motors, wheels, bearings. They may no longer have a store in Manhattan due to rent increases, so call ahead. Gone to New Jersey...

Canal Plastics Center

345 Canal Street New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-1666
This store is possibly the last surviving plastic store that is still on Canal Street. It is located about 2 blocks from Plastic Land.

Home Depot
Home repair supplies, electrical basics, lumber, fasteners. Home depot is your friend. The Home Depot website is useless, so don’t bother using it. The 23rd street Home Depot has a great selection of lighting and a poor selection of parts you might need. The “good stuff” is hidden in a back room to your left as you go down the escalator. Strangely, the 59th street store is vastly superior in every possible way. The long Island City Hope Depot is the closest full service store that is easily reachable by subway.

Pearl Paint
308 Canal Street New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-431-7932
One of the best art supply stores in the city, carries lots of plastics, wood, foam board, and everything necessary for resin casting plastic.

Stock Drive Products / Sterling Instrument
55 South Denton Ave New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Company is based in Long Island and can be visited via the LIRR and a walk. Offers free catalogs online. These catalogs are really useful since not only do they have pictures of parts you may not know the name of, necessary when searching the internet, but the catalog also has a ton of reference information such as how to find the center distance between two gears.

T & T Plastic Land Inc.
315 Church Street New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-6376
One of the remaining plastic supply stores from Canal Street, they moved around the corner to Church Street. If you need a 6” diameter 8’ long green Plexiglas tube they probably have it or can get it.

Travers Tool Co., Inc.

Travers sells similar products to MSC/J&L but it is located in Queens for our convenience. Unfortunately their website is somewhat lacking, and does not currently seem to work in Firefox 3.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's a new robot, toy, and hobby electronics store on East 5th Street called Tinkersphere that has tools, robotics parts, and electronics kits.