Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different,” but she forgot to mention that if nobody’s capturing your irreplaceability on film, you might as well have stayed in.
New York is all about being noticed, and every day a small army of sartorially savvy men and women march the streets with their gaze twitching for any hint of a photo flash.
So what’s the key to becoming immortalized by the lenses of Bill Cunningham, New York Magazine’s Look Book or blogs like Style Defined and The Sartorialist? Location, location, location.
Lincoln Center: It’s big, it’s beautiful, and you look so thin next to it. Serving as home to some of the city’s greatest talents in theater, music and fashion, the Lincoln Center plaza has served as a striking backdrop for amateur photogs and seasoned shutterbugs alike. If you’re seeking to begin your career as a model, looking tortured near an opera house is a good place to start. Lincoln Center is a known hunting ground for Street Peeper and Mr. Newton.
57th and 5th: Holly Golightly may have had breakfast at Tiffany’s, but if you’re hoping to get your photo taken, you might want to make a habit of taking all of your meals on this iconic corner. You’ve seen this location almost every week in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times photo column, On The Street.
Tompkins Square Park: New York’s public parks – they’re not just for drug deals anymore! This Alphabet City park may still be host to some quintessential Gotham grit (what would New York be without our half-naked eccentrics?), but it’s also a perfect place to get noticed exuding elegance while walking your dog or getting screamed at by a crazy person. Or Terry Richardson.
The Met Steps: Take it from Blair Waldorf — there’s nowhere better in New York to see and be seen. The steps of the Metropolitan Museum are an ideal setting for anyone hoping to get noticed, and leave you just a hop, skip and jump away from some of the greatest art in the world. Future style icons take note: the higher the perch, the closer to blog. (Or at least blogs like What We Are Wearing and William Yan.)
The Union Square Greenmarket: Even if you’re not in the market for locally-grown produce (or a hippie life partner), the Greenmarket is almost always worth the trip. Pedestrians are regularly immortalized on foodie fashion blog Gastro Chic, serving as proof for some that bok choy is this year’s Birkin.
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