Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nick's Becomes Freemans

The new Freemans Sporting Club barbershop has replaced Nick's Hairstylists at Reggie Fitzgerald Triangle and they're looking ready for business.

Sadly, we've lost Nick's old sign in the bargain. But "FSC" kept his vintage tagline, "Always at the right wave length" (minus the quotation marks and, oops!, missing a letter "G"), and the style of their sign mimics Nick's loveably cruddy retro look, right down to the color scheme. In fact, everything in Freemans is an imitation of the past.

The interior is beautiful, and in a city where authentic old-school barber shops are vanishing, I guess it's not a bad thing that such museums of barbering are opening, so we can at least pretend.

Until that day comes, if you don't want to pay $70 for a shave and a haircut, and you miss the old stylists from Nick's, there's a sign taped to the bricks by the door informing customers, "Irene and Angelo are now working at Hollywood Barber Shop, 204 West 14th Street, between 7th and 8th." (*Update: FSC's manager used to work at Nick's, according to the owner.)

Or you could go to one of these guys:


Anonymous said...

There are also a fair amount of old school barber shops in Midtown West, though I advise the kindly J-Reaper to not do a report on them.

Anonymous said...

I would like to recommend Mr. Joseph's on Greenwhich Ave, just West of Christopher. They cut my hair and my kids' hair. $20! (I just knew FSC looked too fancy to be a real barbershop.)