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Monday, August 03, 2009

The Gentleman of Ft. Greene, Brooklyn

Comments on "The Gentleman of Ft. Greene, Brooklyn"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 AM) : 

GREAT picture...!


Blogger taryn said ... (9:10 AM) : 

"Dapper Dan". Love it all! Looks like he has a couple of good stories up his sleeve.



Blogger abcdefgholly said ... (9:14 AM) : 

You found this guy in Brooklyn? Fabulous. B) I think we rarely find this in NYC anymore. What a gem he is!


Anonymous Tabitha said ... (9:16 AM) : 

Le sigh...

They just don't make 'em like they used to!


Blogger indigo warrior said ... (9:19 AM) : 

Men aren't dapper any longer. What happened? He has such a marvelous presence. I hope you listened to him for awhile. I imagine he has some wisdom to impart.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:21 AM) : 

Thanks again for reminding us that serene and confident personal style always trumps fashion.


Blogger Jamie Jonathan Ball said ... (9:27 AM) : 

very very dapper indeed..great shoes.


Blogger MM said ... (9:32 AM) : 

He looks great! Looks like the type of person I just want to have a long conversation with!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:32 AM) : 

Now there is a face that tells a thousand stories! Great pic


Blogger Roman Dennis said ... (9:33 AM) : 

il be dressing like that at that age !!!


Anonymous Aaron VIII said ... (9:34 AM) : 

So dapper! Reminds me of Cab Calloway


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 AM) : 

Ft.Greene is a wonderful area full of great stories... I'm still a Manhattan fan..but to walk around Ft. Greene and stop or be stopped for 'stoop stories' is priceless. Regarding this photo (& this blog for the stories you let us create around them)...also priceless.
Thank you for what you do.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:42 AM) : 

More proof of how strong a classic style statement is.


Blogger ooothundathighrevo said ... (9:42 AM) : 

that man has so much swagger


Blogger Forest City Fashionista said ... (9:44 AM) : 

So elegantly put together, from his head to his toes


Blogger The Urban Flaneur said ... (9:49 AM) : 

A flaneur! Elegance can be found everywhere and this is a perfect example. But the greatness of our times is also how the "dapper man" has expanded its meaning and can be applied to a variety of styles.
Regards, The Urban


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:49 AM) : 

He looks like he's from New Orleans. Anyways great photo!


Blogger Mr Brown said ... (9:52 AM) : 

Not a fan of spectators but here they look bang on.


Blogger Hayley said ... (9:53 AM) : 

love this!


Anonymous Eva said ... (9:54 AM) : 

Elegant, masculine, chic, individual. Oh, I adore everything about this man.


Blogger leslie houin said ... (9:58 AM) : 

These men are few and far between. I have a great old Black dapper friend such as this man, and can you believe his fashion secret is to shop completely second hand? He says he does this so he can save money to travel around the world.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 AM) : 

perfect. love his character and personality.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:07 AM) : 

Now, you're cooking with gas! Please don't go to Paris, France anymore, (at least for pics of the menfolk) they can't hold a candle to this man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:10 AM) : 

Great shoes...



Anonymous holly said ... (10:11 AM) : 

And the award goes to the gentleman of Ft. Green...I can't see anything amiss


Blogger JouJou Loves You said ... (10:15 AM) : 

MAD dapper!! And he knows it!!!


Blogger Constance M. said ... (10:15 AM) : 

Oh great picture !!


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:17 AM) : 

You have got to love the hat and the shoes! Great picture!:-)))


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 AM) : 

I love it!


Anonymous Yolanda said ... (10:25 AM) : 

Very Sharp! Very "old school" Brooklyn!!!!! Back to when people dressed up everyday!



Blogger Miiicha said ... (10:32 AM) : 

OMG love it! How cute <3


Blogger SallyO said ... (10:34 AM) : 

So elegant! But it's a little too warm in the northeast right now to be dressing like that. He looks happy and comfortable anyway.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:41 AM) : 

this is the kind of man a woman wants to fall in love with, cool, confident and cultured.


Anonymous orientexpress said ... (10:58 AM) : 

No words... what amazing style!


Blogger Sean Carpenter said ... (11:01 AM) : 

everything about his look is really good, especially his shoes.


Anonymous Antonio Barros said ... (11:03 AM) : 

He should be in a movie in Hollywood.


Blogger KKAA - Kengo Kuma & Associates said ... (11:06 AM) : 

i miss fort green....


Blogger Allen - East Hampton said ... (11:07 AM) : 

Spectators rule!
And I'll bet he's the most charming of fellows.


Blogger Dream Sequins said ... (11:18 AM) : 

That hat!
That crested, cream cardi!
Those two-tone shoes!

I love it.


Blogger kahartland said ... (11:27 AM) : 

love love love it!! my kind of picture ;)


Blogger american dream said ... (11:32 AM) : 

awww adorable!


Anonymous lintmag said ... (11:45 AM) : 

It's sad that more men - of any age - don't make the effort anymore like this good looking man! No younger man in old sweatpants, t-shirt, baggy jeans, beat up sneakers, is going to hold a candle to him. Put him in your next book!


Blogger Angeles Almuna said ... (11:56 AM) : 

Fabulous shot and he has the best attitude with those fantastic shoes!


Anonymous jbozak said ... (12:01 PM) : 

Papa's got a new pair of shoes. Luv it.


Blogger heather noye said ... (12:19 PM) : 

The word Dapper was invented to describe men like him!

Fabulous picture. I wonder what the pattern on his shirt is?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:22 PM) : 



Blogger Pearl Westwood said ... (12:23 PM) : 

I adore those jazz shoes, doesn't this photo make you want say and sit awhile?


Blogger AnnA said ... (12:28 PM) : 

those shoes!and the cardigan! so true to his age.


Anonymous Esmoquin room said ... (12:53 PM) : 

When I see this kind of pictures I feel rare... So sweet. ;-)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:07 PM) : 

This Gentleman is always dressed to the "Nines".
Clothes are always coordinated and well tailored.
He used to be a dancer. And is a beloved fixture in the Fort Greene community.



Blogger Justine said ... (1:18 PM) : 

the words "smart" and "well dressed" come to mind...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:26 PM) : 

Classic indeed!


Anonymous Emma Howard said ... (1:28 PM) : 

I would let this tall,immaculately dressed and elegant man swing me around the dance floor. You know he's got stories to tell by looking at that smile.


Blogger hc said ... (1:38 PM) : 

Butterflies, fold-in-chairs, and healthy sidewalk arguments on after Sunday church. Very New York, particularly along Essex Street south of Delancey.

Makes me miss my old nabe'. Great look.


Blogger Joseph Rudi Pielichaty said ... (1:39 PM) : 

His glasses are my highlight as they're the perfect balance between age appropriate and yet cooler than anything else out there.

Plus the cardigan is a delight.


Blogger Cristi Silva said ... (1:54 PM) : 

such a different time...I love that people still rock that style :)Would we have noticed him in the 70's?


Blogger BlackPearl said ... (1:59 PM) : 

I love this picture! He reminds me of my Husband's uncle! :)


Anonymous Monique said ... (2:10 PM) : 

This man is ADORABLE.


Blogger Ms. B @ Millie Deel said ... (2:20 PM) : 

Aww I love him! Quite the fashionable gentleman! I bet he was quite the ladies man in his day, probably still is!




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:25 PM) : 

Now, there is a man that knows how to wear a hat! Bet he didn't even have to check his Emily Post to know when and where to...


Blogger Passport Foodie said ... (2:40 PM) : 

My hero...

Passport Foodie


Blogger Dannie said ... (2:44 PM) : 

awww, hes a stunna
if only i was about 80 yrs older


Blogger ophelia's funeral said ... (2:47 PM) : 



Blogger Soren Lorensen said ... (2:50 PM) : 

marrrryyyyyy meeee


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:50 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:53 PM) : 

so cool. soo dapper. thats style thats cultivated over years. men my age need to start now.


Blogger Anita Puksic said ... (2:58 PM) : 

Hehe, he is so cool! I love the cardigan and shoes.

Peace and love!


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:12 PM) : 

I think I would like to be friends with this man. He probably has great stories to tell.


Blogger AnnaHawk said ... (3:16 PM) : 

Now thats style!! The shoes, the hat, the cardigan! Lovely!!


Blogger Ashley Reese said ... (3:31 PM) : 

THIS is what I call classy!


Anonymous Verdiales said ... (3:55 PM) : 

Stone cold cool.


Anonymous Charnier Corey said ... (3:57 PM) : 

I saw this guy on the bkcircus blog before...not sure if the pic was taken by the sartorialist (but for some reason i feel like it was)...but i remember that style/those shoes any day!!!


Blogger brandt said ... (4:03 PM) : 

So cool, he can wear layers in the summer!
Perfectly executing some Carib/Brooklyn flair...
He could be in Port of Spain or Havana, but this is how we do in Ft. Greene!
He obviously knows what he's doing with color and pattern, and the (what looks like) gradient tortoise shells are just smart.


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:19 PM) : 

The true test of elegance is how one dresses at home with no where to go.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:28 PM) : 

wow! that's what I call Style and character, not just fashion


Blogger hi-d said ... (4:30 PM) : 

He has got the old school cool factor goin' on! It's a great shot!


Anonymous gypsy howell said ... (4:41 PM) : 

I like how even his lawn chair matches his shirt. I wonder if he has different chairs for different outfits?

Great shot


Blogger Karen said ... (4:49 PM) : 

He has great taste. The shoes are awesome!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

I saw this gentleman on the subway platform in Ft. Greene a few weeks back and remembered that he was dressed with such style and grace, I also remember saying to myself that the Satorialist must take a photo of him right at this moment... this picture put a smile on my face again today!!!


Blogger Ashley said ... (5:06 PM) : 

Amazing photo. You can tell this man has a ton of personality and his clothes show it.


Blogger Christina said ... (5:07 PM) : 

See, this is what real style is. When a man can wear spectators, trousers, a cardigan, patterned button down, a hat and a pinky ring, you know he has perspective. Bravo.


Blogger Alida said ... (5:10 PM) : 

He is gorgeous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:50 PM) : 

this image reminds me a great deal of my grandfather who i call HotWheels. He's still around and he wears all of these same things even the ring. it's something of a different era - when a crease in the slacks was important as were different social graces. reading the above comments only helped to remind me even more of how amazing my Hot Wheels is. And yes, I have started to do audio recordings of interviews with him. he doesn't so much go on to impart his wisdom as much as to tell the stories of his life and having been silly or worked hard bought pretty cars, loving his family and spending time with his friends. that and going out for BLT's and rootbeer when I go home and see him.

Thanks very sincerely


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:52 PM) : 

classic. well-groomed. and i bet sharp as a tack!


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (6:13 PM) : 

Yeah, this man really knows how to dress dapper!


Blogger downtown_baby said ... (7:51 PM) : 

I love him! saw him in ft.greene once and he just caught my eyes!! x


Blogger the Excursionista said ... (8:26 PM) : 

The Guy from Outkast must have known this man because he has stolen his style head to toe. I love it!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:32 PM) : 

He looks like Bill Cosby! lol but a very nice picture!


Blogger Christopher Jovan said ... (9:58 PM) : 

I know this cat, he's definitely official when it comes to being classic"...

-chris jovan


Blogger ♥ Cara Mia ♥ said ... (10:42 PM) : 

now that's a cool cat!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:48 PM) : 



Anonymous Bombshell Kitten said ... (11:06 PM) : 

Very dapper. A breath of fresh air compared to most everyday men.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:09 PM) : 



Anonymous jacqueline said ... (11:45 PM) : 

well,I think he looks good all the time because i've known him for twenty years. No man can top him in dressing and smelling good,also He is a good man,I wish him long life.


Anonymous roxy B said ... (11:52 PM) : 

that last guy looks dapper!


Blogger seditionaire said ... (12:23 AM) : 

Just Perfect!!


Blogger jessica said ... (12:31 AM) : 

how classy and elegant. i bet his fingernails are nicely groomed too. love it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:53 AM) : 

Great. Showing that brooklyn has style.


Anonymous Beata said ... (1:33 AM) : 

perfection ... the picture, the gentleman!


Blogger F. said ... (3:48 AM) : 

Dapper! Wonder what he has to say.


Blogger Ioan Rosca said ... (3:49 AM) : 

This is true style. You don't see this around anymore. Hopefully you shoot this gentleman more often.


Blogger Janne said ... (5:29 AM) : 

This picture made me smile. If you can get up in the morning and put an ensemble like that on, old age can't be too bad.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:52 AM) : 

is that you bill cosby??? XD


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:16 AM) : 



Blogger Diane said ... (7:10 AM) : 

What's not to love about this guy?
Made me smile!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:11 AM) : 

You either have it or you don't. Style cannot be bought! :)


Blogger GFS said ... (8:45 AM) : 

I love this!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:06 AM) : 

Timeless...Classy Gentleman...I love him.


Blogger Caroline said ... (12:22 PM) : 

Look at those shoes! How wonderful! And that gorgeous cream hat...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:25 PM) : 

I love the pride, the self-respect and respect for others this man shows in his wonderful presentation. He and we cannot feel depressed. And now I hear he smells good too!


Blogger sdfljslkdj said ... (1:39 PM) : 

If only there were more stylish gentlemen like him.



Blogger Jules said ... (2:44 PM) : 

If only I dressed as well as he for a little jaunt outside.


Blogger Natalie J Monty said ... (3:16 PM) : 

He looks fantastic. I love mature stylish people -their personal styles always seem so autentic <3


Blogger Jazzbuff630 said ... (3:36 PM) : 

From my dad's era. Might even be one of his poker buddies.

Funny, when I attempt to dress this way (even at the "young" age of 49), people think I'm playing "dress up".

I see older gentleman like this at the Lenox Lounge up in Harlem.


Blogger YEYE STYLE BLOG said ... (3:57 PM) : 

This is such an amazing shot! He has great style, I wish all men would dress like him.


Blogger pocketnovella said ... (7:49 PM) : 

this man looks so FABULOUS. but i wish people didn't want everyone to dress like this! he looks special because he is unique. even though he wears such heavy pieces i guess the white makes it summer appropriate. love it love it.

can't wait to run into him soon since i just moved here!


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:56 PM) : 

This world-class charm transcends place. Funny, after having spent part of the summer in Ft. Greene and part in the South Pacific, I am taken by the classic styling of men who know how to rock a fedora and cardy.

This gents wingtips are ultra-chic, too.

The entire look is tied together by his spectacles.

I feel that there are so many options available for men to express the totality of their aesthetic sensibilities.

This photo has now become one my top favs, Sarto!


Blogger Panda said ... (11:09 PM) : 

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Anonymous Sarita said ... (11:39 PM) : 

This. is greatness. I especially love that he seems to know that he's always been this cool of a cat. Great catch.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:10 PM) : 

he's adorable!! I love when older people still have great style


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:47 PM) : 

how classy! awesome!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 PM) : 

How can you comment on his shoes without noting the glasses, the pinkie ring, and the manicure!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:30 PM) : 

He's been There. Oh yeah, and he knows what's happening. Seen it come, and seen it go. The shoes tell his whole story. Where the rubber meets the road. A legend.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:03 PM) : 

he's gorgeous--I love how relaxed and elegant he is


Blogger Yoli said ... (11:08 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:29 AM) : 

Too bad you couldn't get Anna Piaggi in her black and white outfit and this gentleman together for a portrait!


Blogger J.Teheren said ... (9:58 AM) : 

I'm really digging the cardigan.


Anonymous marlene said ... (11:35 AM) : 

he reminds me of Compay Segundo! Such a classic look.


Blogger Nx said ... (12:06 PM) : 

Nothing new to add because of course like many others, the word that came to mind was 'dapper' tres dapper.
Hmmm i wonder if he can tap dance?


Blogger Joy Mars said ... (1:53 PM) : 

A man of taste.

Why are there only a few of these gents ever anywhere at one time? The world needs more.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:11 PM) : 

yes, he can dance any type of dancing, just bring it on. says jacqueline" we danced for twenty year in clubs and dance halls.


Blogger Eileen said ... (12:39 AM) : 

I love how you capture my neighborhood.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:54 AM) : 

Reminds me of Havana.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 PM) : 

this man is handson in his suits and street clothes,looking cool and relaxed, welcome to,this is what it's all about downtown Brooklyn


Blogger Jovon Higgins said ... (3:47 PM) : 

Classic! I love it!


Anonymous Ali said ... (3:53 PM) : 

fantastic photo, it's so genuine


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:47 PM) : 

play. on. player.


Blogger Tim McFarlane said ... (12:28 AM) : 

This man has got it going on! I can only hope to be dressing this well at his age.


Blogger Tia Tigra said ... (6:58 PM) : 

This man comes in to my bar often and orders a chardonnay. He usually smokes a cigar with it, and doesn't talk much. Every time he's dressed beautifully, and always a hat.


Blogger antonie.dikmans said ... (7:34 PM) : 

I would sleep with him just to have access to his wardrobe.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:34 AM) : 

great picture i love it!!!!


Anonymous Roisin said ... (10:29 PM) : 

His name is Waldo and he is 81. He is the best dressed man in Fort Greene. I have photographed him as well, and we ended up talking for a while. He is 1/4 Irish, just like me.


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