Barbershop Takes Over Former Mob Scene Gallery on Broome

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 at 6:20 am by
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The cubbyhole gang gallery at 396 Broome Street is no longer in existence, having gone the way of Jimmy Hoffa. Mob Scene shuttered earlier last year following the 40th anniversary of Crazy Joe Gallo’s last gunfight. Owner-collector Arthur Nash previously explained to us that “all FREE things come to an end” (his museum was 100% free) and that elements from his vast collection of mob memorabilia are now on long-term display elsewhere. Fans can check out the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in DC or the new Museum of Organized Crime in Las Vegas.

But a new business is on the way. While the awning remains in place, work is underway to transform the north storefront of 396 Broome into a barbershop. It’s seemingly the only venture that could survive in this narrow space.

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Once upon a time, 396 Broome was a pool hall called “Little Rock,” a seedy hangout of top underworld figures. It was here that NYPD’s so-called “Killer Cop” (aka Charles Becker) maimed two neighborhood youths with pool cues. He got the chair at Sing Sing three years later for murder.

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