Monday, August 3, 2009

The Gentleman of Ft. Greene, Brooklyn


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  1. ahshi

    August 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

    GREAT picture…!

  2. taryn

    August 3, 2009 at 9:10 am

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


  3. Holly

    August 3, 2009 at 9:15 am

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

  4. Tabitha

    August 3, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Le sigh…

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

  5. indigo warrior

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  6. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 9:21 am

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

  7. JamieDOTBall

    August 3, 2009 at 9:27 am

    very very dapper indeed..great shoes.

  8. MM

    August 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

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

  9. Eternally Distracted

    August 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

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

  10. the F word

    August 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

    il be dressing like that at that age !!!

  11. Aaron VIII

    August 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

    So dapper! Reminds me of Cab Calloway

  12. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  13. MsSvelteNY

    August 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

    More proof of how strong a classic style statement is.

  14. ooothundathighrevo

    August 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

    that man has so much swagger

  15. Forest City Fashionista

    August 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

    So elegantly put together, from his head to his toes

  16. The Urban Flaneur

    August 3, 2009 at 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

  17. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 9:49 am

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

  18. Mr Brown

    August 3, 2009 at 9:52 am

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

  19. Hayley

    August 3, 2009 at 9:53 am

    love this!

  20. Eva

    August 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

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

  21. elen houin

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  22. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

    perfect. love his character and personality.

  23. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 10:08 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.

  24. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Great shoes…


  25. holly

    August 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

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


    August 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Oh great picture !!

  27. Couture Millinery Atelier.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:17 am

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

  28. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I love it!

  29. Yolanda

    August 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

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


  30. Miiicha

    August 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

    OMG love it! How cute <3

  31. SallyO

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  32. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 10:41 am

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

  33. orientexpress

    August 3, 2009 at 10:58 am

    No words… what amazing style!

  34. Sean

    August 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

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

  35. Antonio Barros

    August 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

    He should be in a movie in Hollywood.

  36. maurizio.mwg

    August 3, 2009 at 11:06 am

    i miss fort green….

  37. Allen - East Hampton

    August 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

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

  38. Dream Sequins

    August 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

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

    I love it.

  39. Fashion4Life

    August 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

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

  40. american dream

    August 3, 2009 at 11:32 am

    awww adorable!

  41. lintmag

    August 3, 2009 at 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!

  42. -h

    August 3, 2009 at 11:50 am

    cool dude.

  43. Angeles Almuna Design

    August 3, 2009 at 11:56 am

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

  44. jbozak

    August 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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

  45. noye studios

    August 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    The word Dapper was invented to describe men like him!

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

  46. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm


  47. Pearl Westwood

    August 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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

  48. AnnA

    August 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm

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

  49. Esmoquin room

    August 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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


  50. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 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.


  51. Justine

    August 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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

  52. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Classic indeed!

  53. Emma Howard

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  54. hc

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  55. Joseph Rudi Pielichaty

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  56. Margaret Perry

    August 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm


  57. thatsorad

    August 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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

  58. Linka

    August 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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

  59. Monique

    August 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    This man is ADORABLE.

  60. Ms. B

    August 3, 2009 at 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!



  61. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 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…

  62. Passport Foodie

    August 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    My hero…

    Passport Foodie

  63. Dannie

    August 3, 2009 at 2:44 pm

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

  64. lustforlove

    August 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm


  65. Soren Lorensen

    August 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    marrrryyyyyy meeee

  66. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm


  67. sblazer227

    August 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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

  68. beba,

    August 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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

    Peace and love!

  69. Tamsen

    August 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm

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

  70. AnnaHawk

    August 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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

  71. Ashley

    August 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    THIS is what I call classy!

  72. Verdiales

    August 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Stone cold cool.

  73. Charnier Corey

    August 3, 2009 at 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!!!

  74. brandt abner

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  75. david

    August 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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

  76. hi-d

    August 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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

  77. gypsy howell

    August 3, 2009 at 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

  78. Karen

    August 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    He has great taste. The shoes are awesome!

  79. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 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!!!

  80. Ashley

    August 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm

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

  81. Christina

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  82. Alida

    August 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    He is gorgeous.

  83. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 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

  84. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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

  85. Jack Daniel

    August 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Yeah, this man really knows how to dress dapper!

  86. downtown_baby

    August 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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

  87. the excursionista

    August 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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

  88. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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

  89. Christopher Jovan

    August 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

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

    -chris jovan

  90. ♥ Cara Mia ♥

    August 3, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    now that's a cool cat!

  91. Anonymous

    August 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm


  92. Bombshell Kitten

    August 3, 2009 at 11:06 pm

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

  93. Gabie Flowers

    August 3, 2009 at 11:09 pm


  94. jacqueline

    August 3, 2009 at 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.

  95. roxy B

    August 3, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    that last guy looks dapper!

  96. seditionaire

    August 4, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Just Perfect!!

  97. jessica

    August 4, 2009 at 12:31 am

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


    August 4, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Great. Showing that brooklyn has style.

  99. Beata

    August 4, 2009 at 1:33 am

    perfection … the picture, the gentleman!

  100. F.

    August 4, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Dapper! Wonder what he has to say.

  101. Ioan Rosca

    August 4, 2009 at 3:49 am

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

  102. Janne

    August 4, 2009 at 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.

  103. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 5:52 am

    is that you bill cosby??? XD

  104. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 6:16 am


  105. Diane

    August 4, 2009 at 7:10 am

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

  106. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 7:11 am

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

  107. God's Favorite Shoes!

    August 4, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I love this!!

  108. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Timeless…Classy Gentleman…I love him.

  109. Caroline

    August 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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

  110. Anonymous

    August 4, 2009 at 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!

  111. V

    August 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    If only there were more stylish gentlemen like him.


  112. Jules

    August 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm

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

  113. Nataliexxx

    August 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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

  114. Jazzbuff630

    August 4, 2009 at 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.

  115. YeYe

    August 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

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

  116. Hadley

    August 4, 2009 at 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!

  117. pretty kitty publishing

    August 4, 2009 at 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!

  118. Sarita

    August 4, 2009 at 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.

  119. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    how classy! awesome!

  120. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

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

  121. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 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.

  122. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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

  123. Yoli

    August 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm


  124. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 8:29 am

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

  125. Jamaal T. Crowder

    August 6, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I'm really digging the cardigan.

  126. marlene

    August 7, 2009 at 11:35 am

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

  127. Natalie

    August 7, 2009 at 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?

  128. travelbug

    August 7, 2009 at 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.

  129. Anonymous

    August 7, 2009 at 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.

  130. eileen

    August 8, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I love how you capture my neighborhood.

  131. Anonymous

    August 8, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Reminds me of Havana.

  132. Anonymous

    August 9, 2009 at 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

  133. Jovon Higgins

    August 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Classic! I love it!

  134. Ali

    August 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    fantastic photo, it's so genuine

  135. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    play. on. player.

  136. Tim McFarlane

    August 14, 2009 at 12:28 am

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

  137. Tia Tigra

    September 7, 2009 at 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.

  138. antonie.dikmans

    September 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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

  139. Anonymous

    September 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

    great picture i love it!!!!

  140. Roisin

    February 3, 2011 at 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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