Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in fashion, who has worked in the menswear industry for several years. Past lives have been in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan; more recently transplanted to Harlem. Currently living in a 1907 "French flat," an Edwardian era middle-class apartment.
The local media and politicians tried to save Claudio's Barber Shop from shuttering because of an increased rent issue with a new landlord until a compromise had finally been reached. Claudio Caponigro had been at the original East 116th Street location (top photo) since the 1950s but when the rent for the storefront tripled about a year ago, many feared that one of the last vestige East Harlem's Italian heritage might disappear soon. Walking by the block between 1st and 2nd Avenue recently, we noticed that the new shop has definitely opened just a couple of blocks west from the original location. The interior looks similar to the old one since everything switched over to the new space but somehow the character of the facade is lacking in comparison to the original. Read more about Claudio's in our past post: LINK