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14th Street, Justyna Sroka, Student, Film, Media and Political Science Major for Downtownfrombehind. Bust out your bike. It’s Spring. And do you best to get an outside table at Gitane Café. If you’re a Nolita local, then maybe Justyna has sat you at Gitane. When she’s not sitting you, she is studying, hard. She is one very focused and refreshingly determined young lady. For now...
RIDGE STREET, Lindsey Kelk, Author and Columnist for Dowtownfrombehind. Lindsey Kelk is the effervescent author of the I Heart series and The Single Girl’s To -Do List. Imagine Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones with an addiction to make-up, Mulberry bags and a good vintage find. After a trip to New York in 2007 left her longing for more (not to mention broke and depressed), unable to...
WASHINGTON PLACE, Yigal Azrouël, Fashion Designer & creative director of Yigal Azrouël for Downtownfrombehind. Yigal Azrouël has a laid-back beach vibe and warm smile that has you convinced he spends most weekends surfing and bbq’ing with friends year round. The self-taught designer, who still produces around 70% of his collection locally, is known for a refined, cool and wearable aesthetic....
COMMERCE STREET, Alex Williams, writer at the New York Times, and Joanna Goddard, writer and creator of A Cup of Jo, with their son, Toby for Downtownfrombehind. Alex and Joanna have one of those romantic New York stories. She liked his glasses, he liked her toothy grin, they met at the Oscars over a bowl of guacamole. First date and Alex opted for a movie. He spent the entire time wondering if Jo...
CROSBY STREET, Warriors of Radness, surfers, dudes and brand muses for Downtownfrombehind. Josh Lyons, Nova Bleckley, Bradlee Coleman, Kyle Robbins, Kurt Narmore, and Levi Yaokum Prairie are Warriors of Radness. They love surfing, drinking, sunshine, women, and cool beach style that is soulful and authentic. Their clothing line has an underground following, and they seem to be collaborating...
CEDAR STREET, Roya Kazemi, NYC Mayor’s Office, Director of GreeNYC. Roya, a lover of big cats who dreams of one day hugging a tiger, is also a downtown junkie. She’s been satiating her raging social habit across lower Manhattan since she was barely a teen, has lived in Battery Park City for more than twelve years and has worked below Houston Street for almost as long. Her career started in the...
HOUSTON STREET, Colin Brice and Caleb Mulvena, architects and founders of Mapos for Downtownfrombehind. Colin and Caleb have had somewhat of a professional romance for almost fifteen years. They worked at opposing firms, chasing one another from Aspen to Boston during their careers before finally deciding to tie the knot (so to speak) in New York launching their own studio, Mapos, in 2007....
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LISPENARD STREET, Candice Lake, Photographer, Writer and Blogger for Downtownfromhehind. Her official title is Global Client Relations Manager for the quintessential Parisian fashion house Rue Du Mail. But twice yearly she joins the fashion circuit as a contributing photographer, writer and blogger for Vogue US, UK and Australia (amongst others), sighting trends, snapping models and...
HORATIO STREET, Amy Azzarito, Managing Editor, design*sponge for Downtownfrombehind. Amy Azzarito is the managing editor of Design*Sponge. She graduated from the Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt with a masters in the history of decorative arts and design and quite literally hasn’t stopped writing since. She‘s published essays on topics as diverse as the evolution of French cuisine and countercultural...
BROOME STREET, Colin Tunstall, Josh Rosen and Morgan Collett are Saturdays Surf NYC for Downtownfrombehind. Hurricane Irene is here. Grab your emergency supplies from Saturdays and hit the coast, surf’s (apparently) up. Saturdays Surf NYC opened its doors on Crosby Street back in August 2009 and has since become a bit of a go-to spot for locals. They also serve one of the better coffees...
DUANE STREET, Jeremy Schaller, Brand Director at Schaller & Weber for Downtownfrombehind. Schaller & Weber is the undisputed tri-state king of weisswurst, knackwurst, bockwurst, and plain old weiners. They’re the real deal. The original Schaller & Weber opened in 1937 (the uptown store is still in mint condition), and was one of many wurstmakers lining the avenues of the Upper East...
HOWARD STREET, Martha Hunt, Model for Downtownfrombehind. Discovered at a modeling competition (she was in the crowd), small town North Carolina lass Martha set sail to New York as soon as she finished penning her high school finals. You might recognize her from Hugo Boss or Y-3 campaigns or maybe an editorial spread in one of your favorite fashion magazines from Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Muse or...
ELIZABETH STREET, Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, Founders of Roman & Williams for Downtownfrombehind. Sit with Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer of Roman & Williams for a minute and you feel like you might be meeting an important part of design history. Like meeting Charles and Ray Eames of our generation. If you live in New York or visiting, then you’ve most certainly drank, ate or...
EAST 11TH STREET.
EAST 11TH STREET, Jeremy Filgate, Creative Director Publicis and Angela Ong, TV Producer Grey for Downtownfrombehind. Jeremy Filgate and Angela Ong. Husband and Wife. West Villagers. Bike Enthusiasts. Ad Geeks. Can’t keep their hands off one another. When Jeremy isn’t riding around grabbing a fist full of his wife’s booty, you can find him at Publicis. Jeremy has worked all over the world...
VESTRY STREET, Nabil Ayers, Head of 4AD Records NY for Downtownfrombehind. NYC native and longtime Seattle transplant Nabil Ayers returned to New York in 2008. He spent years playing drums in bands while simultaneously opening Seattle indie superstore Sonic Boom Records and running his own record label, The Control Group. He now heads the US office of the stalwart UK label 4AD and works with...
CANAL STREET, Monica Nelson, Graphic Designer / Art Director for Downtownfrombehind. Monica has already had somewhat of an enviable career run. Directly out of Pratt Institute Brooklyn, she landed her first job at Urban Outfitters as a Graphic Designer working on their catalogs and a handful of one-shot special editions collaborating with some of her favorite photographers including Stephen Shore,...
EAST BROADWAY, Naveen Selvadurai, Founder of foursquare for Downtownfrombehind. Naveen Selvadurai (with Dennis Crowley) created foursquare in their East Village apartment back in 2009. By 2010 it had more than 10 million users. A typical day at foursquare is around 3 million check-ins (Saturday being the busiest day of the week), with about 600 million checkins overall. Busy. Naveen, New York,...
FABIO NOVEMBRE for downtownfrombehind.
FABIO NOVEMBRE, Architect and Designer photographed during the Salone Del Mobile in Milan for downtownfrombehind. Fabio Novembre, Architect, Designer, “Amateur”. (Fabio) ‘I don’t consider myself a professional, I consider myself an amateur. “Amateur,” in Italian, is dilettante, which means diletto. “Diletto” means having fun.’ Photographed leaving his Milan studio for...
WAVERLY PLACE, Brooke Coffey, Fashion Photographer and First Assistant for Downtownfrombehind. Tanned all year round, Brooke Coffey (tries) to live in New York, but really the best place to catch her is LAX or JFK en-route to The Caribbean, most frequenting Turks & Caicos, St. Barts and sometimes Anguilla. She was spotted in the Tuileries Paris last week, then two days later popped up in...
PIERO LISSONI for downtownfrombehind.
PIERO LISSONI photographed in Milan, March 2010 for downtownfrombehind. This week ICFF kicked off in New York. It’s difficult not to trip on an installation or find yourself in locations like the (formally) Great Jones Lumber Corporation Factory turned designer pop up store come mixed studio showroom come American Design Club(house) with help yourself iced Asahi filling the limited prime...
BARROW STREET, Husband and Wife wonderfriends Benjamin Palmer and Elizabeth Valleau for Downtownfrombehind. Husband and Wife wonderfriends Benjamin Palmer and Elizabeth Valleau have pretty busy days. He: CEO of the incendiary digital agency The Barbarian Group, with massive clients like GE, Samsung, Red Bull and Google. She: Creative Director of Live Events, a division at digital agency RGA,...
CHARLES STREET, Stella Rankin, Event Specialist, Pinch Food Design for Downtownfrombehind. Stella Rankin; Shakespeare major, moderate obsessive compulsive with a wine menu and championing a movement in green catering across the city. In a little under three years, Stella Rankin has passionately curated her career in events and catering. Last month she partnered with top-tier NYC culinary...
JANE STREET, Justin Kalifowitz, President, Downtown Music Publishing and Shayna Kulik, Founder & Editor of Pattern Pulp for Downtownfrombehind. Shayna Kulik, a New York transplant (by-way-of Providence, RI) began her career as a shoe designer before launching Pattern Pulp, a leading authority on emerging trends in print and pattern design. Consulting for brands including Google, Heineken,...
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GRAND STREET, Ted Royer, Partner and Executive Creative Director at Droga5 New York for Downtownfrombehind. Ted Royer is a partner and Executive Creative Director at Droga5, the ad agency responsible for work like Puma Social, The Tap Project, The Great Schlep for Barack Obama, and Jay-Z’s book launch for DECODED. DFB shot Ted and Mika, a dog he rescued from a pitbull fighting ring, on icy...
VARICK STREET, Panelfly kids, revolutionizing mobile comics for Downtownfrombehind. Nerds are cool. Especially the comic book kind. Meet Panelfly. They just put Spider-Man, X-Men, Ironmen and Hellboy comics (amongst others) on your iPhone. What began its life in the founders’ apartments, now resides downtown in its Varick Street headquarters where you can watch the guys code, script and...
CENTER STREET, Allison Beale, Fashion Publicist, Writer & Founder of George Public Relations, in the snow for downtownfrombehind. Originally haling from the south, this now New York based fashion publicist, self confessed music lover, yoga hunting force of nature made this snow shoot on busy Centre street look effortless earlier in January. Now that’s the kind of person you want...
CLINTON STREET, Jamie Massam, ACD/Art Director for Downtownfrombehind. After long stints in London and Sydney, Jamie, like the rest of adland, eventually and not reluctantly made New York home several years ago. Most days a week we call him an ACD and Art Director. One night a week young girls call him ’Professor’ at Pratt University in Manhattan where he teaches a senior portfolio...
CHURCH STREET, Kiel Mead, Designer (industrial, jewelry, furniture and things) for Downtownfrombehind. Kiel started chipping into the New York design scene with a collection of jewelry cast from mundane objects. (You’re probably wearing one of his ‘forget me not’ rings now ladies). After getting a decent amount of press and a noteworthy following, Kiel decided something must be...
GREENE STREET, Jeanie Syfu, Hair Stylist for Downtownfrombehind. Chances are Jeanie looks familiar. She’s the national Spokeswomen for TREsemme, plays herself in Dirty Little Secret (a graphic online web series following six of NYC’s most connected women around the Big Apple, check elle.com), appeared on Project Runway and recently secured the lead stylist position on new Bravo...
KING STREET, Matthew Mahoney, Founder & CEO of Daily Endeavor (and lifelong entrepenour) for Downtownfrombehind. Matt is one of those people on a mission. With his most recent company,Daily Endeavor, he’s on a mission to help 100MM people find their next job. A lifelong entrepreneur, Matt has now created essentially a “wikipedia for jobs” - a job guide written by actual...
WHITEHALL STREET, Laura Neilson, Journalist for Downtownfrombehind. Laura has covered everything and everyone from $10 weekends in the city to Yoko Ono. She grew up riding bikes through the orchards of her family’s upstate New York property (where, yes, she also rode horses). She currently writes for NBC’s fashion and style site. And she is very good at what she does! DFB.
GREENWICH STREET, Mark Fielding, Brand and Communication Strategist for Downtownfrombehind. Mark is one of those advertising people. He has traveled all over the world contributing to marketing and communication strategies for brands from Apple to Absolut, Lexus to Budweiser. We met Mark moonlighting at the new Ikon office in New York, the southern hemisphere communications agency with more...
HENRY STREET, Chad Phillips, Kidrobot design maven, iPhone app developer, art show producer and retail consultant (among other things) on a Vintage 3 Speed 1973 Triumph from Landmark Bicycles for Downtownfrombehind. After spending the last few years creating magic for Kidrobot, Chad recently started creating iPhone apps, producing art shows and retail consulting, among other...
STANTON STREET, Sena Yang, Fashion Designer (wearing SENA) and Coffee Connoisseur on a Vintage Schwinn for Downtownfrombehind. Seattle native Sena Yang launched her eponymous line SENA in the Fall of 2009. We love that this young brand has already gained great support in the press and a cult following amongst its buyers. Even more wonderful to note is the fact that 100% of the collection is...
PRINCE STREET, Andrew Carmellini, Chef, Restaurateur, Moonlight Recording Artist and American Traveler for Downtownfrombehind. Some time mid 2009 Andrew Carmellini, aka AC, signed the lease on 131 Sullivan Street at the corner of Prince. “I’ve been totally obsessed with this corner for a long time,” he says. ”When I caught wind that the old Cub Room was available I was all over it.” AC and...
AVENUE C, Lindsay Sanwald is Idgy Dean for Downtownfrombehind. Sassy and electric Lindsay Sanwald is Idgy Dean. Her solo music project (reminiscent of artists like Juanna Molina and Animal Collective) turns out haunted rhythm-driven songs, recorded and produced alone at home, and then looped live on stage. Fall in love with Bang Bang Sun and check to see what venue she might be playing at...
CHARLES LANE, Christopher Roberts, Creative Director VICE MUSIC / The Creators Project and Jennifer Waiser, Actress, Singer (and lover of comedy, fashion and poutine) for Downtownfrombehind. Meet Chris and Jen. Cruising the cobblestones close to their new digs in the West Village. A big thanks to Chris who (if you were lucky enough to make it through the tightly held gates at Milk Studios...
BIALYSTOKER PLACE, Towera Smith, Singer Performer (with microphone in hand) for Downtownfrombehind.
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ESSEX STREET, Caroline Fuss, Fashion Designer and spanking new intern for Proenza Schouler on a 1972 Schwinn Breeze from Landmark Bicycles for Downtownfrombehind. Watch the behind the scenes action of this shoot.
LAIGHT STREET, Cory Margolis of Mantiques Modern (holding a mid century gun trade sign as a prop) and below with his son Mason for Downtownfrombehind. Objects, Art, Furniture, Things. Clear your diary, you’ll need at least the afternoon to explore Mantiques Modern 4000 sq ft show room come gallery space. Its incredible. Corey is holding a mid 20th Century Gun Trade Sign as a prop for...
ASTOR PLACE, Coco, Freelance Travel Writer for Downtownfrombehind.