Tipped off by our mom, we hereby post a good resource for your NYC radiator woes. Started in 1990 by Tom and Peg Kennedy, who found wood radiator covers WAY too expensive, The Wooden Radiator Company offers three general styles (traditional, shaker and prairie) at affordable prices. They have also recently added bookcases and baseboard covers to match.
While modernistas may not find these designs immediately pleasing, The Wooden Radiator Company can paint, stain or tone down their designs to fit in with most decors and the shaker is pretty plain. The covers are strong enough to stand on and the finishes are heat resistant.
Orders can be transmitted online, by fax or in person in the cities that they visit. They make the rounds of the Northeast every few months and are in NYC this month. Call for an appt.