I first visited Astor Hair in 1989. Later, the Royal barber shop on St. Mark's Place became my regular spot for a haircut. But just recently, I've gone back to Astor Hair--mostly because it's one of the last places in the East Village that still feels like the East Village. More than that, it still feels like New York City.
Which is why I was excited to hear that filmmaker (and JVNY regular) Karen Gehres is making a documentary about the place. She writes:
"With so many NYC Institutions dropping like flies, due to skyrocketing rent, one barber shop remains. Since 1939, Astor Barber has been cutting hair with pizzazz and is still one of NYC's most loved institutions. Get your hair cut from cradle to grave...literally! ...From the countless celebrity customers to the karaoke in the back with other 50 barbers, this barber shop is never dull."
Check out the trailer on Kickstarter and please donate some cash to help her complete the film.