Tag Archives: TriBeCa

Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink
TriBeCa
Greenwich and Beach St.

Does Casual Friday’s still exist in office environments? If it does, this is the most pared down it should be I think. Lose the tie and jacket at best, keep the shirt, slacks and decent footwear. Sidebar – every woman I know seems to love a man in pink. Something about pink’s feminine ying to a masculine man’s yang.

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Suit & Shorts

Suit and Shorts

TriBeCa
Hudson and Leonard St.

I passed by menswear designer Thom Browne’s store in TriBeCa and noticed this worker inside and was thrilled to see him a second time a few hours later out on the street as I was running errands in the neighborhood. For anyone unfamiliar with the design and aesthetic of Thom Browne, he’s known for his suits in grey palette which tend to be shrunken or very fitted to the body. The designer himself is ubiquitously known for sporting a suit with pants where the hem reveals a lot of ankle or shorts such as this employee who acts as a model for the modern Mad Men twist of the label.

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TriBeCa Ride

TriBeCa Ride

TriBeCa
Greenwich and Franklin St.

That striped sweater he’s wearing just looks and feels like spring. Maybe because he’s not wearing a jacket or maybe because he pairs it with khakis or maybe because the sweater has lighter shades or maybe it’s all of the above.

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TriBeCa Dads

TriBeCa Dads

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Franklin St.

This couple had some nice tied scarf action both happening around their necks.I can never make my scarves look this good. They should give lessons.

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Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy

TriBeCa
Hudson and North Moore

This fellow is giving his best urban western look with that denim shirt and scarf underneath. It’s part city slick and city cowboy.

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Charlie in TriBeCa

Charlie in TriBeCa

TriBeCa
Franklin and Greenwich Ave.

Stumbled upon the very cool and chill Charlie while strolling with my friend Julie in TriBeCa. He had a preppy, hip hop vibe going on with his Air Jordans, two studs in his ears, shirt buttoned all the way and straight brim hat.

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Barbour

Barbour

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Varick St.

It’s a Barbour, It’s a classic. Enough said

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Coat less

Coat less

TriBeCa
Warren and West Broadway

It’s pretty cold out in New York, but even with the frigid temperatures, you’ll always find the guy who defies the weather and puts style over comfort. It was interesting to note that most of the people walking by him and surrounding him were bundled in heavy black and/or puffy coats but he stood out.

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Casual Plaid

Casual Plaid

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Canal St.

This is the type of outfit I would wear on my day off or walking around the city running my errands. I have way too many plaid shirts for my own good, but whatever, I look good in all of them. This guy is perfectly encapsulating how to be laid back, cool and casual.

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Introducing Cavan T. Valance


Cavan Valance
SoHo/TriBeCa

I met Cavan while he was strumming his guitar on Mercer St. in Soho. I was on my way to an appointment, as he was on a break from work. I noticed him playing and I asked to snap a few shots, while he sang and he agreed. Conscious of the time, I quickly said thank you while making a mad dash, but before I could get away he stopped me to take my info so that I could send him the pics. Realizing that he’d be a perfect subject for my site, I’m glad he chimed in before I left without a proper introduction as it would have been to my detriment because Cavan has turned out to be the consummate collaborator. We’ve met a few times and each time he has been so game, so open, fun loving, carefree, full of energy and willing to try anything. For example, I wanted a few shots of his tattoos, so he ripped his shirt off and we laughed at the absurdity of him being in a drafty alleyway in Tribeca on a brisk fall day with him shirtless like he was at the beach. There were hardly any serious or smoldering looks in that series of shots since the situation only warranted laughter. Suffice it to say, he totally brings his A game to the table and is very easy going. Taking so many photographs of Cavan, it’s obvious that the camera loves him (somebody get this guy a modeling contract stat!) But he’s more than just good looks. He’s got a lot of substance and enthusiasm and a very relaxed attitude.

Cavan is an aspiring musician/singer/songwriter. His music leans towards acoustic and rock and his aim is storytelling through song. It’s a passion of his that literally travels with him everywhere since I feel that his guitar is always by his side. It seemed to be the one constant fixture in our meetings. He grew up in Glen Cove, Long Island, the oldest in a set of four siblings in a big Italian/Irish family. Family is a big deal to him and speaks highly of his and of the one he’d like to one day create. He’s currently in retail management in Soho. Not that he can be put into a box, but Cavan has that all american vibe going on and he openly refers to himself as the “flip flops and tank tops guy”. He’s not big into high style or fashion as his wardrobe is a mix from the likes of Hollister to the more refined Ted Baker, but he’s just more prone to whatever appeals to his eye whatever the brand and is not a label snob. Designer wise he likes Ralph Lauren, specifically the Double RL line which is more rugged, rough and playful and is more his speed. He wears a suit well, but I get the sense that he likes clothes he can move in and not be so restricted since he’s very athletic. Hearing him talk of his mornings up at 5 a.m. to work out and how a marathon is too one note for him and that he prefers triathlons for more variety made my need for 9 hours of sleep a night seem a bit indulgent.

Fitness is very important to him and with six tattoos scattered around his torso, all the more reason he likes to keep his frame in shape. People who have tattoos attach meaning, stories or sentiment behind each one and the theme I noticed with Cavan’s ink was the poignancy of family. His tattoos range from one named after and commemorating his grandmother and great grandmother Virginia Rose, to an anchor with the letter M, which refers to mother, as she is his anchor and to the word Veritas, which stands for truth. The truth about Cavan is that he’s open to all the possibilities and takes advantage of every opportunity that comes his way.

Cavan’s tunes: http://www.soundcloud.com/Cavan-t-valance

Please check back later today for another post on Cavan

For more information on Cavan please email MasculineManhattan@gmail.com

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Handsome Is As Handsome Does

One Stripe Tie

TriBeCa
Walker and West Broadway

This guy has sort of a Clark Kent/Superman thing going on with the square jaw, suit and eyeglasses. I think his tie does it for me, with one black diagonal stripe against the muted plaid and the grey/black contrast. Handsome tie for a handsome fellow.

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Leg Cross

Leg Cross

TriBeCa
West Broadway

This is the exact same stance and pose I strike whenever I lean up on wall with my shoulder. For me this guy is all about the subtle details – the buckle and looseness of his belt, the slick of his hair and preppy eyeglasses and of course that all too familiar wall lean.

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Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue

TriBeCa
West Broadway and White St.

This guy could have gone black all the way, but his dark blue shirt gives his outfit just a hint of contrast. I like how he prefers all dark colors in his outfit, but his phone is white. Also liking the shine of his shoes and cuff of his pants.

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Off Duty Officer

Off Duty Officer

TriBeCa
West Broadway

The end of the shift for one officer at the 1st Precinct in TriBeCa.  I like how he still has his uniform pants on, mixed with his own t-shirt. Professional and personal styles collide.

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Coffee Break

Coffee Break

TriBeCa
Canal Street

Nothing better than seeing pants that fit and mold to a frame properly. The dark leather accessories he pairs with his all blue ensemble make him look pretty sharp, even just sipping coffee on Canal St.

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My Style

My Style

TriBeCa
Franklin and Church St.

It’s interesting to see another person, look at their clothes and immediately know that what they’re wearing perfectly encapsulates your style. This is one such guy. I swear I own a variation of this same look he’s wearing (only in smaller sizes). It’s the kind of outfit I’d wear to work, on a date, out with friends, to a meeting. It has that versatility of being able to transition from day to night and casual to dressy casual. And for me, it’s all about the fit and slouch of the pants. He so gets it.

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Color Block

Color Block

TriBeCa
Warren St.

Digging his dark grey over grey color block design on his baseball crewneck shirt. He fills it out pretty well also.

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Dressy Polo

Dressy Polo

TriBeCa
Greenwich and Warren St.

What I found so intriguing with this polo shirt, was that I took this shot in TriBeCa on a Saturday afternoon, with a sea of guys walking around in their lazy, weekend uniform of baggy polo shirts,  oversize cargo shorts and flip flops, but this guy looked so much more polished with his fitted polo, decent pants and suede loafers. And guys, take note; I noticed a lot of women check him out as opposed to the other fellows. Women respond to a well dressed man!

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L.A. In NYC

L.A. in NYC

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Warren St.

This guy has  an urbanite L.A. look.  Along with his L.A. Dodgers cap, he’s got the look and feel of  the Southern Cali vibe.  I love how his daughter is wearing his hoodie because she’s cold and how oversize it looks on her.  His shirt is actually from a New York based company, Saturdays Surf that makes cool beach/surf inspired clothes but for an urban setting as well. Their store on Crosby Street is one of my favorite places to shop and they have that amazing back garden where you can sit and drink a beverage from their little coffee shop at the front.

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Only In New York

Only In New York

TriBeCa
Church and Murray St.

Hailing a cab while holding a bright object of art, carrying a Louis Vuitton duffel bag, wearing camoflogue shorts, athletic wear and a baseball cap. Seemingly random, but he makes the mish mash work.

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Nothing But The Clothes On His Back

Nothing But The Clothes On His Back

TriBeCa
Varick and Beach St.

No iPhone, no smartphone, no cell phone, no earphones, no headphones, no jewelry, no watch, no sunglasses, no eyeglasses, no accessories, no hat, no bag, no backpack, no gym bag, no shopping bag, no water bottle, no coffee cup, no book, no iPad, no dog, no excess. This guy literally has nothing but the clothes on his back and it looks amazing. Travel light, travel far I say.

In New York, we tend to carry around so much stuff on our daily travels, so how refreshing to see someone so unencumbered with nothing but his confidence and swagger. I always feel my best walking around the city with no accoutrements to weigh me down because people should notice me, not things that distract them from me. I see a lot of people throwing on all kinds of things to get noticed and to be looked at, but if you have confidence, you don’t need anything but that to grab people’s attention. That is the ultimate attention grabber. Less really is more.

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The Girl Who Got A Free Pass

The Girl Who Got A Free Pass

TriBeCa
Greenwich and Desbrosses St.

This blog is primarily about guys in New York, but there are some girls who deserve to be included in the all boys club. This is one such girl. Feminine, pretty, sexy but not trashy,beautiful skin, great hair, nice overbite and her dress is sexy, but still classy. Oh and she’s got great legs.

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North TriBeCa I Love You

North TriBeCa I Love You

TriBeCa
Greenwich and DesBrosses St.

North TriBeCa is considered a micro-neighborhood; that is a small ‘hood within a larger neighborhood. This is one of my favorite micro-hoods. It is so because the streets are cobblestoned, there’s not much traffic, it’s not too crowded or dense, it’s quiet, it’s right by the Hudson River and it has amazing, albeit expensive real estate. New York has so many neighborhoods that are bustling all the time, so this enclave is a refreshing alternative. It’s very civilized.

It was nice to see this great looking couple strolling down Greenwich St. For the guy, his clothes are a great fit to his body and frame. Having your clothes tailored or fitted to your body makes them look more expensive whether that is the case or not. I’m one of those guys that gets everything from suits to t-shirts taken in. His green t-shirt is a nice shade and blends in with the wall behind him. He’s got some nice slick hair, simple jewelry, rolled up cuffs from his khakis and bright sneakers to stand out a bit. Everything with him is in the details.

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Untied

Untied

TriBeCa
Citigroup Building

How appropriate that this shot was taken at 6:30 p.m. on an early weekday. A whole slew of workers were filing out of the Citigroup building with the work day behind them. Out of all the people I saw, this guy with his bow tie undone really captured the “after work/happy hour” vibe of a long day. Is it just me or do bow ties look much better untied?

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Stripes

Stripes

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Murray St.

It seems as though the horizontal stripes trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’m not a huge fan of trends and particularly this one, but to all you stripe lovers, this one’s for you.

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Coffee & Coordination

Coffee & Coordination

TriBeCa
Citigroup Building

I spotted this couple on a coffee break during the middle of the work day. Not only do they have matching iced coffees, but their shades of light purple match in their respective attire. For the gentleman, I personally love a dress shirt where the cuffs are turned upward and stand up. It gives ease and relaxation to a proper dress shirt.

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Backpack

Backpack

TriBeCa
West Broadway and Murray St.

To many people, a backpack paired with a shirt and tie would be considered a fashion faux pas, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t somehow making this combo work!

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All Black and Slick

TriBeCa
TriBeCa Grand Hotel

It’s interesting to see people doing their jobs in the city and if they look good doing it, all the better. I noticed the doorman of this hotel trying to hail a cab for a guest and good thing for me he was out there a while with no luck, as a lot of cabs were taken or off duty because I was able to get a few shots of him. That is some mighty slick hair he’s sporting matched with his all black ensemble. My favorite part is the big, oversize scarf he’s wearing and the way he ties it. It has the proportions of a mini blanket. I definitely gotta get me one of those next winter.

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Stand Out

Stand Out

TriBeCa
Church and Cortlandt St.

There’s nothing super remarkable about this guy’s suit, but all it takes is one stand out accessory to give an otherwise staid suit a bit of a lift. It’s a subtle thing, but it makes a world of difference. His choice of plaid tie really perked up the suit and saved him from landing on the cutting room floor. Too bad he’s looking down at his phone. I can’t tell you how many pictures of guys I take with their heads buried in their smartphones. I’ll address this matter in a later post. For now, he gets a free pass for his choice of tie.

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Scruff

Scruff

TriBeCa
Greenwich and Duane St.

Some guys can just nail the scruffy look like nobody’s business. This is a good case in point. What caught my eye with this guy was his cool tattoo on his forearm. Remember the days when guys would get tribal tats around their biceps? This tat seems like a better long term investment.

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Missoni Man

Missoni Man

TriBeCa
West Broadway and White St.

The luxury Italian Brand Missoni is the creator of this ubiquitous print seen here on this gentleman via his scarf. It’s a classic, non-trendy print, somewhat like cheetah print. Fashion comes and goes, but certain styles are timeless. A lot of this outfit is timeless in fact – the navy pea coat, the straight leg denim and brown wing tip shoes.

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Overcoat Spin

Overcoat Spin
TriBeCa
Greenwich and Warren St.

Usually overcoats are worn over suits and some might say a conservative piece. This guy dresses it down with a simple crew neck shirt and dark slim non-suit pants. And of course the collar popped makes it a bit cooler.

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Shades of Grey

I personally love the color grey. It’s a fundamental basic in my wardrobe. I even like it as a base color better than black. I love it when I spot grey on guys, whether it be a suit, coloring of the hair, a cool accessory or a coat. Check out the shades of grey in this gallery and how they diversify it.

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