I'm obviously biased because I used to work here and these guys really helped me understand menswear on a different level. I had more of a technical understanding of menswear from school, but working at Gentry opened my eyes to so many new and smaller brands that were serious about and devoted to making a product that wasn't catered to the majority; instead, they made clothing that had layers, (his)stories, and function. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that Gentry is truly one of the best men's stores out there, and I'm so glad I got to be part of that.
109 S 5th Ste. #101, BKLYN
TAKE A GUY FRIEND: KBH
So...not many of my guy friends are into art, window shopping, and just walking around, or, at least, they won't admit it to me. The best place that I can think of bringing a guy friend is KBH, which is a beer hall right by my apartment. Its official, German name is "Die Koelner Bierhalle," and the vibes there are super fun because of the good food (spaetzles, pretzels, other foods with z's), "das boots" (beer glasses shaped like boots), and German staff (just makes it feel more authentic). The space is huge with super high ceilings and a ginormous TV screen for sport's fans, but I don't really watch sports unless it's soccer and Cristiano Ronaldo's playing... It's a fun and casual place where I can easily bring groups of friends, which is not an easy feat in NY. They also have an amazing grapefruit beer, which I drink because I'm not a real beer drinker.
84 St Marks Pl., BKLYN
READ: THE SUBWAY
I realized I only read outside when it's warm and when I don't make plans (which is rare in the summertime), so it's the subway! I find that a good book makes you lose track of time and place, and where better to do that than the subway? My commute's only 20 minutes (not even?), so I never get to read that much. However, it helps me on the way to work to not zone out and get sleepy and, on the way back home, to decompress. I am currently reading, like, 4 books at the same time (it's not working out so well), but it keeps my brain active.
TOURIST ATTRACTION: THE MET (SPECIFICALLY THE EUROPEAN PAINTINGS SECTION)
I don't think this is THAT touristy...but I do love me some European paintings. I can never get over Van Gogh and all the Impressionists, Abstract Expressionists and some Minimalists. I only became familiar with these terms because I went to the Met and looked up these artists and their work. I'm a visual learner, so I'm very easily affected by things I see. There's not as much space to ponder things here, but I would easily admit to anyone that the Met's my favorite tourist spot.
1000 5th Ave., NYC