Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Marrella Hair Stylists

VANISHED

Reader Christopher tells us about the closing of Marrella Hair Stylists, a barber shop established in 1972 in the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

He writes, "The owner revealed that the costs and constant increases were responsible. I found out by overhearing a conversation while having my monthly cut, after marveling over a lengthy description of lion hunting in Africa by an elderly man receiving his shave beside me. The conversations between the locals and the oddball barbers were my main reason for frequenting for years."

This past Friday was Marrella's last day in business.


photo by Jon Hammond, via Hammondcast

The sign in the window reads:

"After 42 years, I will be retiring and closing up shop at the end of December. Thank you to my loyal customers...it has been my pleasure to serve you all these years! Mike the Barber."



This McSweeney's interview may or may not be with a barber at Marrella's--there is (or was) more than one barbershop in (or under) Port Authority.

Don't miss this beautiful interview and slideshow with one of Marrella's barbers in the Times.

On a related topic, if you're interested in subway barbers, check out this site dedicated specifically to their glorious underground existence.

12 comments:

sam_the_man said...

Hey, what's that? Something affordable and useful? Fuck you, get out.

Anonymous said...

When I lived in NYC, I went to a small shop, north side of W.18th, just off 8th Ave. Is it still there?

Leonard Pickett said...

Another shop gone...

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150106/bed-stuy/bed-stuys-head-hunter-barbershop-shuts-down-after-nearly-70-years

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where the other barbers from Marrella's relocated to?

Anonymous said...

The shorter Hispanic barber is now right around the corner at the shop on 9th Ave between 41st and 42nd. (Between the taco and Papaya places.)

I would like to know where Yoseph went. He was my guy for the last several years.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if Joe retired, or moved to another shop? Joe post here if you are still in the haircut business. Thanks!

Jeremy Condie said...

Yosef has surfaced! He is working at 274 W 40th St. Very close to Port Authority. He's there Mon thru Weds, 10am to 7pm. Phone 646 363 8890.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for Joe as well! Please post if anyone knows where he has gone to...

Anonymous said...

Josef is at the Mayfair barber on 39st off 8 ave.

NJLady said...

My husband is trying to find Enrique as that was the only barber he trusted! LOL Anyone know Enrique's whereabouts?

Nick said...

Does anyone where Joe Maniello is now cutting hair? Joe cut my hair for over 40 years at Marrella in the P.A. Bus Terminal; a GREAT barber!

Giuseppe.......dove sei?

Nick

Anonymous said...

I think Joe is fully retired, He is my great uncle he was over 80years old when he retired, My grandfather Giovanni (John) was a barber there for over 45years and was there with the original owners, we are related to Joe.