Brooklyn —

Inside Sister’s Community Hardware on Fulton Street, bags of potting soil and fertilizer are piled near the counter among a heap of ice melter.

The ice melter bags are left over from New York’s warmest winter in 11 years. With recent mid-April temperatures hitting the mid-80s, there’s little chance Sister’s Community Hardware will be selling much ice melter anytime soon.

“It’s kind of crippling,” said John Sireno, the manager of the Fort Greene store. “Because you have to eat all that until the next season and it’s horrible, because you really need that money now.”

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