After expanding along the West Coast, Rudy’s debuted its first NYC location in the Ace in 2012. Calderwood picked out the Williamsburg location — inside of a 125-year-old bank at 33 Grand Street, adjacent the waterfront — about three years ago, before his unexpected death last year. A quote from him (“I’m just a barber and a tattoo pimp”) now hangs from the tall ceilings of the new spot along with banners quoting Oscar Wilde and Charles Bukowski.
As you can see in the vid, the barbershop shares space with a “dedicated pop-up shop” for Portland-based Tanner Goods, which will sell limited-edition leather items and collaborations.
Keep in mind, Rudy’s is the second concept-driven barbershop to make a move from the Flatiron area to Williamsburg. The first was Barber Bart.