Big Russ Barber Shop takes its basketball theme due to the fact that owner Russell Smith comes from a sports background. (His son, Russ, Jr., also plays basketball in the N.B.A. -- but don't tell them we told you that!) Master barber and manager Eric Credle takes special pride in serving neighborhood youth, offering straight-up life lessons and Black history along with each haircut. Russ and Eric also give back with frequent charity events, and Eric runs his own barber school.


1931 Madison Avenue (b/t 124th & 125th)


Mondays-Saturdays, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m.



Looking for the name of a tune you heard on Big Russ' playlist at the Uptown Grand Central plaza? Click on the links below and groove along at home:

Let's Get It Started by The Black Eyed Peas

Boom! Shake The Room by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Basketball by Kurtis Blow

Basketball by Lil Bow Wow

Breathe, Stretch, Shake by Mase

Get 'Em Up (Louisville Cardinals Basketball Theme Song) by Code Red

Run It! by Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana

Dem Boyz by Boyz N Da Hood

Halftime! (Stand Up & Get Crunk) by the Ying Yang Twins

Cheerleader by Pentatonix

Winner by Jamie Foxx featuring Justin Timberlake & T.I.

He Got Game by Public Enemy

Sweet Georgia Brown by Brother Bones & His Shadows

Sweet Georgia Brown by The New Orleans Jazz Band

Back at the Rucker by Elite Flow Cartel

I Wish by Skee-Lo

Ten Feet Tall by Afrojack

Twenty Feet Tall by Erykah Badu

Stand Tall by Childish Gambino

The Score by The Fugees

Player's Ball (Reprise) by Outkast