Category Archives: Midtown Man

Noise Blocker

Noise Blocker

Chelsea
Chelsea Market

Today is a particularly grey day in New York, so I wanted to post a pic with color for some pick me up. I spotted this gent on his phone and his stance seemed all too familiar with him covering his ear while trying to converse to cancel out the racket of loud trucks that were on the street. I feel whenever I have to make a phone call outdoors, I have to find a quiet side street. But enough carping. I like this guy’s arm game with the tatts and the gold watch. It’s also been a while since I’ve seen a t-shirt tucked in the way he does. It’s a rare feat to be able to pull that off, but somehow he gets the proportions right.

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Fitted Hoodie

Fitted Hoodie

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 19th St.

Now this is my kind of hoodie – fitted and shapely as opposed to baggy and oversize which is how most people tend to wear them. It can still be a casual, throw on piece, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be unsightly.

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Grey Day

Grey Day

NoMad
Madison and 27th St.

Grey is a neutral that I love. I like to pair it with color. The coloring here comes from his skin tone and his tattoo.

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Black Quilted Vest

Black Quilted Vest

Midtown East
54th and Lexington

Typically midtown is swarming with business casual looks and suits. The obligatory button down shirt with slacks combo leaves not much room for diversity, so as it gets colder, it’s up to the warm layer gear to do the work . The quilted vest here with various pockets, zippers, snap buttons and stand up collar, adds texture to his conservative outfit.

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In The Hood

In The Hood

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 22nd St.

The way he was wearing his hoodie seemed less functional and more about style. He could have very well been cold, but something tells me this was more about looking good, which he accomplished.

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Rolling Stones Tee

Rolling Stones Tee

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 20th St.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a Rolling Stones t-shirt. Love that band and their logo. Any guy who wears or owns one is okay in my book.

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Cab Block

Cab Block

Hell’s Kitchen
9th Ave. and 40th St.

It seems as though we’re always either hailing or dodging cabs in this city. This cab, blocked my shot as it did this biker’s way, but I still managed to capture his good spread color shirt. Nice shade of light blue as well.

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Bike Lean

Bike Lean

Flatiron District
Broadway and 25th St.

Pausing on the street, waiting for the light to change. Red lights are the best for capturing guys with style. Another day, another t-shirt, and today’s color is green.

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Knee Pads

Knee Pads

Chelsea
Skate Park

Taking the necessary safety precautions before making the jump.

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Tab Collar Shirt

Tab Collar Shirt

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 22nd St.

It’s nice to see the tab collar shirt getting some play. The guy wearing it has it in a nice shade of pale yellow. I like the way he rolls up the sleeves and pairs it with some fitted/skinny denim.

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2:45 p.m. Shirtless Skateboarder

2;45 p.m. Shirtless Skateboarder

Murray Hill
36th and Lex

Today was a very fall like day weather wise and most people were wearing sweaters and jackets. This guy was the exception – skateboarding shirtless down Lexington Ave.

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Short Hem

Short Hem

Midtown
Madison Square Park

I was reading an article in a men’s fashion magazine the other day that stated button down shirts that you wear un-tucked should be a different length than those you wear tucked. Mainly that an un-tucked shirt should have a shorter hem, so as not to appear too long and sloppy. I couldn’t agree more. Depending on your height and shirt size, it’s all about proportions.

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OBEY Flying Lotus T-Shirt

OBEY Flying Lotus T-Shirt

West Chelsea
10th Ave. and 26th St.

OBEY Clothing is the street wear label created by fine artist/graphic designer Shepard Fairey, who illustrated the infamous “Hope” poster of president Barack Obama. I see his logo on guys all over New York, usually on skater guys wearing OBEY hats.  I was happy to come across a guy wearing the label’s flying lotus tee, as it’s one of my favorite designs of the label.

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Dog Walker

Dog Walker

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 18th St.

In keeping with today’s theme of neon. But for me, it’s all about those dogs.

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Rolled Up

West Chelsea
10th Ave. and 29th St.

This guy is all about the rolls – his t-shirt and his pants. I like his choice of putting blue and green together, with his cream colored high tops. I’m rarely a pattern or prints guy, except when it comes to plaid, so I can appreciate solid blocks of color.

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Grey Tank

Grey Tank

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 18th St.

The simplicity of a grey tank, work out shorts and flashy kicks. Also notice the small tattoo on his arm and his hand. Less is more.

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Saturday Tank

Saturday Tank

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 20th St.

I have a fondness for this tank shirt because it advertises the logo of the volunteer organization New York Cares, which I used to volunteer for, until I moved to another organization. I always liked their logo and colors. As a workout outfit goes, I like how he puts it all together.

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Running Tank

Running Tank

Midtown
7th Ave. and 28th St.

I could shoot a whole blog on runner’s in New York, but I’ll leave that niche to another blogger. Running is one instance where I advocate going sleeveless.

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Graphic Tank

Graphic Tank

Flatiron District
Broadway and 21st St.

I like how this tank is one that is less functional and athletic and has some design and personality to it.

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Tuesday Tank

Leggings

Union Square
Broadway and 18th St.

Sweat drenched on his tank and a head full of slick wet hair. The kind of look that can only be achieved by a good workout and getting the heart rate up. I’m liking the shorts over leggings look as well.

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Frame Adjustment

Frame Adjustment

Chelsea
The Highline

One of the rare occurrences where The Highline was not crowded.  The red shorts really made him stand out.

 

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Heavy Ink

Heavy Ink

Midtown
9th Ave. and 30th. St.

Some serious ink, for some serious biceps.

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Catching a Break

Catching a Break

Chelsea
Chelsea Piers Skate Park

I was fortunate to get an unobstructed shot of a lone skater, chlling and resting for a pause. The place was packed, but you wouldn’t know it from how desolate his surroundings seem to be.

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Dark Tones

Dark Tones

Chelsea
9th Ave.and 17th St.

The black and navy color combo is a bit heavy on the dark shades, so the best way to break it up is to add some color. This guy has the good fortune of having some ink with color and adds a flash of neon with the soles of his shoes and laces.  It also helps that his skin tone is a bit light to give the black and navy some contrast.

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Tank Shirt

Tank Shirt

Chelsea
10th Ave. and 24th St.

This type of shirt is a hybrid that has been quite the trend the last few summers, more so among the gay men in Chelsea, the Village and Hell’s Kitchen. The ubiquitous tank shirt – half t-shirt, half tank top. It’s not quite a sleeveless t-shirt, since the arm holes tend to be wider and are meant to be more revealing. This guy is wearing a more subtle version of it, paired with some harem pants, high tops and a Toronto Blue Jays Cap.

J.D.F.

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Moving Man

Moving Man

Chelsea
Gallery District

Rotating installations in the gallery district requires plenty of movers. I stumbled upon this mover on a particularly sweltering day, taking a break, aiming to cool off, lifting his sweat drenched shirt to get some ventilation.  I was drawn by all his ink covering both his arms and legs.

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Man At Work 2

Hell’s Kitchen
Hudson Hotel

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a picture entitled Man At Work (see link below), which proved to be quite popular. On another stroll past the Hudson Hotel, I caught a different worker, looking just as well put together. No need for a competition, but you can decide for yourself  who you prefer in the work uniform. Although this guy’s haircut is a bit more unique.

http://masculinemanhattan.com/2013/05/29/man-at-work/

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Osaka 6

Osaka 6

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 20th St.

The Osaka 6 shirt from the British label Superdry is one of their most iconic t-shirts. I even googled what it means and it actually has an interesting back story. But basically the label and the shirt is a convergence of the designer’s love for Americana mixed with Japanese designs and British tailored fits. Whatever the case, the guy sporting the shirt is a good hanger for it.

For those of you interested in sporting your own Osaka 6 shirt, click the link:  http://www.superdry.com/us/mens/t-shirts/details/37260/osaka-aero-t-shirt.

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Subtle Camo

Subtle Camo

Chelsea
10th Ave. and 23rd St.

I’m beginning to realize that camouflage to men is what cheetah/leopard print is to women.  It’s a pattern staple that remains no matter what way the fashion winds blow.  I’m fond of the way this guy has a more subtle, almost muted  version of it. This is how I would wear camo; without it being so emphatic.  Also digging his buzz cut – such a summer haircut. He’s the first good one I’ve seen this season.

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The Gardener

The Gardener

Chelsea
Chelsea Piers

You never where you’ll find inspiration and style in this city. Who would have thought that one of the gardeners maintaining the lawns on the piers in Chelsea would step it up with his own look.

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Taxi Stance

Taxi Hail

Chelsea
8th Ave. and 20th St.

Taking pictures of guys with style, hailing cabs, is a God send, since you’re given an automatic stance and pose, not to mention it’s such a New York thing to be doing. I love the way this guy mixes his clothes and gives a sensory overload that clicks instead of clashes or overwhelms. From the colors, to the pockets, to the socks, the fade and wash in his denim shirt, the laces in his kicks and back wards cap – it’s thought out without feeling contrived.

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Sandy Chinos

Sandy Chinos

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 23rd St.

Chinos/Khakis usually come in the base color of beige, but I like when they’re given a bit more saturation. The brown tone of his chinos is one of those colors you’re always on the look out for but can rarely find. I need my browns to be the perfect shade of brown – LOL

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Black With A Touch Of Brown

Black With A Touch Of Brown

Chelsea
Seventh Ave.

I love when the all black look gets played during the summer months. It’s hard to come by this time of year with whites, pastels, neons and light colors dominating the streets, but he gives all black credibility in these warmer months. Also like his fitted yet slouchy jeans.

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Pastel Tie

Pastel Tie

Midtown
Park Ave. and 53rd St.

Nothing like a good solid colored pastel tie to give a dark suit a lift. It gives just the right amount of contrast.

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Business Class

Business  Class

Flatiron District
Lower 5th Ave.

If this is not a polished business class look for flying, then I don’t know what is. But I think all of us could stand to dress up a little more for air travel.

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City Camouflage

Chelsea
West 23rd St.

This is real camouflage, where his outfit blends in with the scenery.  I’m feeling his cargo pants with the pockets on the front thighs as opposed to the side legs.

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Popped Collar

Popped Collar

Hell’s Kitchen
57th and 9th Ave.

A popped collar on a shirt can seem somewhat pretentious, but this guy makes his convincing and nonchalant.

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Loose Shorts

Bermuda Shorts

Chelsea
7th Ave and 20th St.

The key to wearing looser fitted shorts is to get the proportions right so they don’t look you’re swimming in them or that they overwhelm your frame. A lot of guys wear shorts way too baggy or add too much bulk with cargo shorts which weighs you down.  If you go loose, keep it clean and balanced like this gent.

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Rolled Up

Rolled Up

Flatiron District
5th Ave and 21st St.

Rolled up pant legs are a nice change of pace from the ubiquity of shorts during the summer.  A nice way to add ventilation yet still being fully dressed.

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Red, White And Blue

Striped Tank

Midtown
Columbus Circle

In a honor of the 4th of July. If you’re going to wear our flag’s colors today, put some personality behind it.

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