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.