Walk into Nelson’s Barber Shop and you might hear men discussing the Cavaliers’ LeBron James signing or Eric Garner’s death-by-chokehold or violence at Rikers Island or Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video. The place is never short on debate, and as the conversation winds from one topic to the next, you’ll find yourself a little sad when the barber brushes off your head for the final time and you have to leave this gridiron of ideas and rejoin the world outside. But you’ll hit the bricks looking fresh. They do you right at Nelson’s, with a smooth fade up top and crisp lines running down the temples and jaw. Prices start at $15 for a cut here, $4 more for a shave. The wisdom’s free. That’s a hell of a bargain any way you look at it. So don’t forget to tip your barber.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014
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