New York City | A Continuous Lean.

Garry Winogrand Gets His Due

Aug 5th, 2015 | Categories: Art, New York City, Photography | by ACL Editors

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Despite all the hype that the medium has garnered as of late, street photography as an artistic style is marked by delayed acceptance. Vivian Maier, Bill Cunningham, Diane Arbus the entire cast of the film Everybody Street, these photographers practiced their craft for decades, but have only recently drawn the eye of the mainstream art world. That many of these artists have not been able to garner an audience until well into their careers (or in Maier’s case until well after her death) is a testament to the fickle sensibilities of the art world, but it does not detract from the quality of these artist’s work. Garry Winogrand stands out among this pack as a prime example of a street photography that is finally getting his much deserved day in the sun.

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Spring Into Pop Up Flea.

Apr 27th, 2015 | Categories: New York City, Pop Up Flea, Shopping | by Michael Williams

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Our ever-changing short-term (summer) shop Pop Up Flea is popping back up in Manhattan this coming May 8th through the 10th in Chelsea. Our annual spring/summer event has become the perfect warm weather counterbalance to our long running and extremely popular December event. It’s a lighter and brighter version of PUF with a nice mix of brands you know (Alexander Olch, Fred Perry Laurel Wreath, Ernest Alexander, Leather Head Sports, Rancourt & Co, Freemans Sporting Club and TUDOR) and a bunch of brands you need to know (Dom Vetro, Corridor, Canvas Bag Machine, Martenero and Accompany). And it’s all here in NYC for one short weekend. We’ve made a point to keep the schedule tight so every event is interesting, unique and full of great brands. So in addition to our two NYC events and our annual trip to Tokyo, we’ve added a new city this fall to round out our 2015 Pop Up Flea events. Hey Los Angeles, we’re looking at you. More to come on that and a complete vendor list for PUFSUN will show up soon, so keep an eye on this page for more info.

We’re also excited to see the reemergence of Mister Mort who returns to PUF with his offbeat collection of things after a short five year hiatus. And for the first time, one of our favorite swimwear brands Onia will be selling their excellent collection of swimwear and the company’s new expanded collection of clothing. It’s going to be a great room full of well-made and interesting things that will help get your summer started off right. See you at the Pop Up Flea.

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123 West 18th Street (2nd Floor)
New York City

Friday, May 8th: 3pm to 8pm
Saturday, May 9th: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, May 10th: 12pm to 6pm

Free Entry. Open to the public.

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Opening the Door on New York’s Private Clubs.

Mar 9th, 2015 | Categories: Americana, History, New York City | by ACL Editors

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“Hey, I wonder what’s behind that door?”

It’s a question that most New Yorker’s ask themselves countless times, almost subconsciously, as they wander through the city each day. These doorways certainly intrigue us, but in the end, we only ever step into maybe one percent of the buildings that we pass by in this city. All those other thresholds are off-limits, leaving us to quietly wonder what lies behind that door. And few of these buildings stoke our imaginations quite like New York’s many private clubs. That word, private, says it all.

New York has a long tradition of clandestine clubs that are designed to keep outsiders at bay. It’s who these clubs do choose to let in, though which distinguishes them from one another. Each different club may appeal more to artists, or authors, or politicians, or city planners, depending on their charters, but they all genuinely share one common characteristic: wealth. Let’s face it, these clubs are not for us (that is unless you happen to be a high-society millionaire whose great-great-great-great-great-grandparents arrived on these shores via the Mayflower) to enter, they are for us to ogle at from the outside. So join us for a look, but don’t touch, guide to NYC’s social clubs, because this is the closest we may ever get to knowing what actually goes on behind these doors.





The Art of Eating.

Mar 3rd, 2015 | Categories: Art, History, New York City | by ACL Editors

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Filet Mignon for a buck eighty five, a salad for sixty cents, a baked potato for a quarter, a glass of beer for a dime.

In 1941 you could get a solid meal at the famous Keen’s Steakhouse here in New York for less than three dollars. That in of itself is extraordinary, but what’s even more extraordinary is how the menu looked. Back in the forties, Keen’s menu was a real work of art. The cover of the medieval inspired menu proudly displayed the Keen’s story, each page was bordered by smiling vegetables, and “To-Day’s Selections” were announced by a lute playing minstrel musician. And this was just one menu from one restaurant.

Back in the day, all menus were an art form in their own right. They would often feature hand-drawn figures, ornate scripts, bracketed sections, and frame-worthy covers. These boastful bills of fares were a canvas for creativity, regardless of the quality of the dishes which were listed on their pages. This is somewhat of a flip on today’s culinary trends, as most restaurants today hand out plainspoken menus, yet peddle some truly beautiful dishes. While the menu has become mundane now, we can fortunately still revisit the artistic menus of the past through the New York Public Library’s extensive online archive of menu’s from New York City restaurants. With over seven thousand menus, the archive is a real feast, our only recommendation is that you don’t visit on an empty stomach. Some of our favorites after the jump.





A Signal Through the Noise of NYFW

Feb 23rd, 2015 | Categories: Fashion Week, Jake Gallagher, Menswear, New York City, NYFW | by Jake Gallagher

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You’ve all seen the Instagrams. You’ve all read the tweets. You’ve maybe even looked through a collection or two. That’s right, Fashion Week has blown through New York City like a down-filled, blanket-wrapped, wax coated tornado. For anyone with even a remote interest in men’s clothing (which if you’re reading this site, is probably you) NYFW is an unavoidable cacophony of runway looks, street style images, and blurry Instagram photos. To be quite honest though, most of what goes on during this week has little to no relevance for the average guy. Many of the labels that show here in New York skew toward the avant garde and even those designer whose names you might actually recognize often show conceptual looks which will never make it stores, let alone your closet. So in an effort to skim the fat, we bring you our favorite fits from this year’s New York Fashion Week. And by favorite, we mean the ones which might actually inspire or inform your clothing purchases for the year ahead.  Enjoy our simply presented signal through the NYFW noise.





Kubrick the Kid Captures the City

Feb 19th, 2015 | Categories: Americana, History, Jake Gallagher, New York City | by Jake Gallagher

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Long before Stanley Kubrick became the revered auteur responsible for films like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Full Metal Jacket, he was just a kid with a camera. And he truly was a kid. Kubrick was just seventeen when was hired as a staff photographer by the now defunct Look Magazine. As a native of the Bronx, Kubrick was a keen observer of the intricacies of the city, and throughout his five year career behind the lens, he portrayed the ins and outs of ordinary life in New York. From clubs to classrooms, from street corners to circuses, from boxing rings to bars, Kubrick shot society at all levels, capturing the collective frenzy of New York City in the late 1940’s. Below are just a smattering of the more than fifteen thousand images which Kubrick amassed from 1945 to 1950, but all of them can be found online at the website of the Museum of the City of New York.

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The Polo Bar | A Fifth Ave Time Capsule

Feb 3rd, 2015 | Categories: Drinking, Food, Jake Gallagher, New York City | by Jake Gallagher

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“There’s no photos allowed, sir.” At first I’m insulted, and then I realize that I’m the one that has crossed the line. Of course, there wouldn’t be photos allowed at The Polo Bar. Not because the restaurant has anything to hide, but because the mere sight of a cell phone might upset the meticulous atmosphere at Ralph Lauren’s time warp in the form of a Fifth Avenue dining room.

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