NYU Student Party at Beloved Barbershop

Astor Place Hairstylists, the venerable barbershop that has been around for 75 years in Manhattan’s East Village, almost closed during the pandemic. Not only has it survived, but the buzz of the clippers is now joined once a month by DJs who turn the 10,000 square meter basement into a dance club.

The party was started in September by Quincy Davis, 19, a sophomore and music major at New York University, who wanted to create a social scene for his classmates after two years of distance learning. It is held monthly and is open to the public.

“I don’t even remember what he looked like at his age, but this kid has done well and is too cool for school,” said Jonathan Trichter, 51, executive director of Astor Place Hairstylists and one of investors that saved the barbershop from closing. “And the DJs are tight.”

Last Friday, the finals whittled the crowd down from several hundred to a few dozen, organizers say, but the enthusiasm remained. After paying $8, partygoers danced to songs by Playboi Carti and MIA, took selfies from lounge chairs and admired the paintings of barber shop manager Michael Saviello, known as Big Mike .

A few partygoers talked about her hairstyle. The interviews have been edited.


Major: Recorded music

These look like dad jeans.

I like baggy jeans. They are a little worn. They make my legs look really fat.

And you wear a number of jackets.

This is my father’s. It’s a baseball shirt from Spike Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule. I needed something red for the show. I wanted to portray a Santa, but like me, the Santa with fears.

What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?

In fourth grade, for Halloween, I was James Harden. I had an afro and he had a mohawk at the time. So to really sell the piece, I shaved it off to make a mohawk. I stirred it.


Major: Cinema

Your jacket looks like camouflage, or like you spilled some ink on it.

This is from Stüssy. My dad wears a lot of these things.

cool dad Are you from New York?

No, I’m from everywhere. He is in the army.

What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?

During the covid quarantine, I tried to cut my curtain bangs and it was bad.


Major: Music Business

Your shirt says “You’re fired.” Is this a Trump thing?

A bit controversial. I thought it was funny. It was such a stupid show. And it’s like a plain black t-shirt. It’s not like she’s wearing a MAGA hat or anything.

Do you wear parachute pants?

Yes. I got them from a brand called Needles. If you haven’t heard of them, they are famous for their sweatpants. It is Japanese; denim and everything oversized.

Who cuts your hair?

I went somewhere in the financial district. People are cold; I know some Japanese employees who work there. I’m Japanese myself.


Degree: Politics and public policies, pre-law

what is this jacket

Saved from Buffalo Exchange. This is my go-to jacket.

And your little black top?

It’s from Urban. cheap easy fun

Tell me about the worst haircut you’ve ever had.

When I thought my hair was straight, it was cut into layers. It was uneven, hairy, disgusting.

who did this to you

A white barber from my home on Long Island.


Occupation: CEO of Astor Place Hairstylists

nice dress have you done it

Yes. Isaiah

Oh! very nice Same with the shirt?

So the shirt is a fascinating story. These are custom shirts from Geneva, one of Manhattan’s latest manufacturers. They make the shirts by hand in Midtown. I went to see him because the guys I was supposed to go to for more expensive shirts wouldn’t call me back. And when I went to his store, I noticed that he had stacks of T-shirts for high-profile people like Kissinger. They were buying their shirts through him, through Paul Stuart’s private label. I was doing Paul Stuart shirts.

Who has the best hair right now?

I just watched the Murdoch documentary. Lachlan Murdoch, when he has short hair, looks very sharp.

Okay, Lachlan Murdock. I didn’t expect it.


It is a regular Carhartt or Carhartt WIP jacket.

It’s a regular Carhartt. It is quite old.

Your shirt says “Believers and Dreamers.”

I got it for five bucks at Urban Outfitters. It was at clearance and then at 50 percent clearance. It was a delight.

Are your shoes Doc Martens?

They are white Doc Martens platforms. They were a gift from a friend I’m no longer friends with.

Who does your hair?

I do my own hair.


Major: Economics

Off-White doors.

I am. It came from a costume party, hence the mask.

What was the theme of the costume party?

No theme

What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?

I once had a lock of sun shaved off my head and my hair was purple.

In the hair game right now, who’s doing it best?

I think Drake has great hair.


Major: Business

They are very loose pants.

Flared pants. I forgot where I got them from.

And a long-sleeved shirt.

From Asos. And my puffer is a Korean brand. Ask

What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?

All through high school, I really had a terrible haircut, I’m not going to lie. I had a bad mohawk.


Major: Neuroscience

Tell me a little about what you wear?

I’m wearing this outfit I wore to my high school graduation, and then a Santa hat I picked up at Walgreens today, just to complete the outfit.

Where did you get your cable knit cardigan?

From the garage. It is very blurry material. I thought it would be hot.

Who does your hair?

A woman in New Jersey. She is Dominican and has been doing my hair since I was 12. I have curly hair, it’s a little hard to work with. I am definitely loyal to him.

What is your worst haircut?

When I was in high school I wanted curtain fringe, this was before curtain fringe was popular on TikTok, this woman nailed it so hard. Not anymore.

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