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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Born upstate, Mike Assenza is a New Yorker by nature. After his early days at Maxim, he's now is the Senior Marketing Manager at UrbanDaddy, so he knows a thing or two about what men want. First up: a good cut and shave, like the one you'll get at this spot on Bedford Street.
Neighborhood Cut & Shave is like a tiny oasis of manhood in the West Village. Despite the unassuming bench on the outside, the inside has everything a men's barber should be: oversized photos of amateur boxers, a scent that reminds me of my dad's aftershave, and big leather chairs (that I may or may not have fallen asleep in once).
They sell great stuff like Malin + Goetz soaps and handsome bow ties, but nothing is in-your-face. It's just sort of there for the taking. And the conversations range from women to sports or nothing at all. These guys know when to go with nothing at all.
· Neighborhood Cut & Shave [Official Site]
· Urban Daddy [Official Site]
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