UnclePete on Citysearch
12 years ago
02/13/2009, 02:22 AM
Much more than a hair stylist – I found Anthony in 1980, shortly after I'd moved to New York. There was a transit strike at the time, and I had to walk home several miles every day. One evening, I set as a goal to look in the window of every barber shop I passed, to find the very best in Manhattan. The best turned out to be Anthony. I could see that his haircuts were absolutely superior; I could not have guessed, as I looked through his window, that he was a published poet, a student of the arts, and one of the most thoroughly warm and decent people I would ever meet.
After all these years, Anthony knows my hair far better than I ever will, and I completely trust his aesthetic judgment. What sets his hairstyles apart is that you leave with a completely natural appearance -- you look your best without looking like someone styled your hair. This naturalness, I think, is one reason why performing artists often become his loyal clients (as you'll see in other reviews).
The nice thing about trusting your hair stylist's judgment so completely is that time in the chair can then be spent discussing so many other things. And Anthony's world is infinitely rich. He's taught me everything I know about opera, about Sicily, about the best way to learn French, about how to refinance my mortgage, about the Divine Comedy, about how to replace my roof, and most importantly of all, about family and friendship.