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Brooklyn General Barber Emporium

144 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.718982 -73.956519
at N. 9th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-486-3777 Send to Phone

Photo by M.P. Foss

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Mon-Wed, 10am-8pm; Thu-Sun, noon-8pm

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Bedford Ave.

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Budget


Meredith Chesney modeled her retro barbershop after the quirky shops in the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. As a result, the place feels like an amalgam of a fifties general store, a kitschy hair outpost, and a Day-Glo carnival ride. Specializing in traditional barbering techniques for men and children, Chesney stresses that her place is not a salon; there’s no blow-drying, and the closest you’ll come to an appointment book is the clipboard sign-up sheet hanging on the wall. Brooklyn General earns its bread and butter instead on efficient, reasonably priced military buzzes, hipster shags, and some simple cuts in between. For kids, Chesney plants the little ones in a red airplane chair and keeps them distracted with a Gameboy. For visitors not seeking a trim, Chesney stocks up on old-fashioned confections like rock lollipops, licorice whips, and candy cigarettes.