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Published on Jul 6, 2011
Congressman Charlie Rangel and fellow neighborhood politicians come out to show their support for Claudio and his Barbershop.
***Update: Unfortunately, Claudio was forced to move half a block up to a store half the size. But he's still cutting hair:
Claudio's Barber Shop 338 E 116th St New York, NY 10029
"Only when God tells me to retire, I retire." - Claudio
Summer 2011: Claudio's Barbershop an East Harlem landmark is being threatened by a landlord hoping to triple his rent in one year. If a settlement is not reached, Claudio will be evicted in place of a Chinese Food restaurant the landlord has threatened to build where his historic barbershop has sat for well over 50 years.
Claudio is one of many residents suffering from displacement in East Harlem (El Barrio) and he is just one of many featured in a documentary I'm shooting on gentrification in El Barrio set for completion by summers end.