As commotion radiates off the cars and buildings on Wyckoff Avenue and fills the air of northern Bushwick, the sun set's over the neighborhood that Eladio and his shop have called home for over four decades in Brooklyn.
A drawer filled with shaving cream, wet steam towels, hair combs, electric clippers, scissors, and various other items sits idle as commotion fill the small barbershop on Suydam Avenue in Bushwick.
Eladio Burgos, 77, sits for a portrait as he waits for customers at his one seat barbershop on Suydam Avenue in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
As the warm morning light of the summer begins to peak over the Bushwick skyline, the shop fills up with laughter and stories as Eladio Burgos, 77, cuts the hair of the day's first customer.
Standing in the barbershop he founded four decades prior, Eladio Burgos, 77, displays one of his straight razors at his barbershop, on Suydam Street and Wyckoff Avenue, as he tells tales of the blocks "wild west" days.
Photographs displaying moments from the barbershop's earlier years hang above a shelf inside the barbershop created out of a small garage on Suydam Avenue in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
A long time friend of Eladio proudly presents an article by Alexandra Ochoa originally printed in the Latino publication Hoy Nueva York that displays a photograph featuring Eladio fighting for social services for elderly New Yorkers.
A pair of scissors and various electric clipper guards wait to be used by Eladio as an evening rush of clients wait for their weekly haircut at the petite barbershop in Brooklyn.
A miniature New York State license plate reads "Lalo", Eladio Burgos' nickname, hangs amongst photographs of his favorite Puerto Rican musicians at the entrance of his small barbershop in Bushwick.
The shop is open from 9 am to 6 pm sharp, except summer nights. During the warmer months, Eladio and old friends spend time playing dominoes and listening to traditional Puerto Rican music in-between haircuts. Here, Eladio finishes up the final hair cut of the night before starting "la janguear" (the hang out).
During the first few hours of the day as the shop is relatively quiet, Eladio utilizes the opportunity to tune his guitar and play some classical music from Puerto Rico.
Eladio's barbershop, on Suydam Avenue, has been squished between these two apartment buildings in Bushwick for the last 40 years.