For the past four years, we’ve surveyed architects throughout New York City and the region, asking them to break code and divulge the cream of the crop in terms of consultants, craftsmen, and suppliers. This year we’ve changed the format a bit, targeting specific projects, for the most part completed in 2008, and asking—nay, badgering—firms to tell us who and what made those projects a success. The response has been overwhelming, and while the list below contains many of the usual suspects (can you imagine not listing R. A. Heintges & Associates under facade consultants?), you’ll also find many fresh faces, from a supplier in France of an incomparably shiny black metal to a team of steeplejacks who will scale the walls of your next restoration project. In the words of the designers we spoke to, the endorsements below vouch for the badasses and superheroes of the industry—the men, women, and international corporate conglomerates—who can build, fabricate, troubleshoot, or provide anything and everything you might need.
Produced by Aaron Seward