Queens barber Herman James is licensed. When the pandemic hit, James brought his tools to Central Park and set up a chair. He then began to give haircuts.
“Nobody was interested in being inside the shops,” Herman explained. “They felt more comfortable being outside because there was less of a risk of catching COVID.”
So Herman went outside to cut hair, regardless of age, gender, and ability to pay.
“Somebody baked me a cake once and brought that over,”He revealed. “I know a lot of people were financially impacted by the pandemic. I didn’t feel a need to charge them at all.”
The Central Park barber says he will continue to cut hair on a pay-what-you-can-scale, even after the pandemic.
“Just being out here amongst nature, seeing the seasons change. It’s a very tranquil feeling of serenity being here in Central Park. It’s been a real blessing and a joy being able to work here,”Herman stated.