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On Ave. C, Cutting Hair, Hanging Out

On a recent Saturday, the line at Perfection Barbershop on Avenue C near East Third Street extended from the leather bench inside, through the door jam, all the way to the curb where men leaned on parked cars.

When the shop’s co-owner, Hubert Phillip, 27, takes a break to talk he leans on a car and five or six passing customers offer their fists for a pound. The scene is repeated almost daily at Perfection, a barber shop that is as bustling as any nightclub. But here, it seems like just about everyone already knows each other.
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