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Globetrotter New York City

Michael Williams

Insights into a city powered by creativity

Text — Michael Williams Photos — Michael Williams Date — 18 April, 2012

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—Michael Williams

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio gave A Continuous Lean founder Michael Williams an appreciation for heritage and quality. More specifically, it made Williams appreciate how things are made and the real stories behind the objects in our lives. Founded in 2007, ACL serves as a discovery agent for the stylish pursuits of men with an evolved sense of design. Williams resides in New York City and spends his days in SoHo at his marketing firm Paul + Williams.

“People say that after ten years of living in the city, you can legitimately call yourself a real New Yorker. Well, I’ve been here for eleven years, and while I’ve put in the time, I don’t think I’ve quite earned the badge just yet. New York is an incredibly vibrant and diverse place, but it is also a city that takes some time to get to know. During my life here I have come to understand that New York is a place that is almost solely powered by the creativity of its people.”

“Below are some of my favorite places that keep life in New York interesting, places that would never be possible without the creative that walk the streets of New York among us:”

Michael's Picks

— Stock Vintage is the best place in New York for one-of-a-kind vintage style

Stock Vintage

“New York has some amazing shopping, but what really sets the place apart are the independent specialty stores.”

“If you are like me, you appreciate the history and authenticity of vintage clothing. Whether you are looking for the perfect canvas bag from the original Abercrombie & Fitch (back when it was an outdoors outfitter) or a worn-in old leather jacket, Stock Vintage is the best place in New York for one-of-a-kind style.”

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—Stock Vintage is located at 143 E 13th St #2

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—Easier than flying to Germany and just as delicious

Sigmund’s Pretzels

“Dining options in NYC are not limited. If you are into any type of food, there’s a community to support your culinary desires.”

“This food diversity is certainly not limited to freshly baked pretzels thanks to the geniuses at Sigmund’s in the East Village. All you need to do is wave to one of those yellow cars that are driving around like mad and tell the man “3rd & B”. It’s easier than flying to Germany, and just about as delicious.”

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—Sigmund's Pretzels is located at 29 Avenue B

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—With the digital affront at every turn, theres only one thing to do: go analog

Terrapin Stationers & Printing Company

“With the digital affront at every turn, there’s really only one thing a modern man can do: go analog.”

“Instead of beaming my digital contact info, I prefer to do it the old fashioned way — via engraved cards. One of the best parts about being in New York is the fact that we still have people practicing crafts that have been handed down generations. Terrapin Stationers are some of the last people in the city making engraved stationery by hand, one piece at a time.”

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—Terrapin Stationers is located at 313 W 37th St #700

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—A great escape from the city in Beacon, New York

Dia: Beacon

“Want to go to the best museum in New York City? Okay head to 42nd Street to Grand Central Station and take a Metro North train to the leafy town of Beacon and spend the day at Dia: Beacon with its incredible collection of modern art.”

“What was formerly a 292,000 square-foot Nabisco box factory, has become the best way to escape from a busy city and also an enjoyable escape into the world of Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter and Richard Serra, among others.”

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—Dia: Beacon is located at 3 Beekman Street in Beacon, New York

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—21 Club is a New York City institution

21 Club

“Good enough for Wall Street’s (the movie) Gordon Gekko (“Order the steak tartare, it’s off the menu but Louis’ll make it for you.”), it must be good enough for me.”

“21 is a New York City institution, especially for the prep set. If “classic” were a restaurant, this would be the place. The food is good, the drinks are stiff and the setting is sublime — just don’t think about showing up in tennis shoes, you will politely be directed to the door. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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—21 Club is located at 21 West 52nd Street

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Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony

Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony, better known as “Melo” to his friends and family, is a 6-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion. Beginning his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, Melo returned to his hometown to join the legendary New York Knicks. Read Article

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Dan Rubinstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Surface, a bi-monthly international design magazine. He is also a freelance consultant and curator. Read Article

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Craig Kanarick

Craig Kanarick is a entrepreneur, designer and artist living in Manhattan. His latest company, New York Mouth, is an online store for indie food – small-batch, artisanal and handcrafted products from small independent producers in and around the New York Area. Read Article

Evan Orensten

Evan Orensten is the Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Cool Hunting, a digital publication that reports on innovation and creativity. He’s also the Managing Partner of Largetail, a digital advertising network and services firm. Read Article

Ben Clymer

“I often wonder what my life would’ve been like had I not moved to New York after college. I consider New York a partner in my business – without which I would not be where I am today (wherever that is – I think it’s a good place).” Read Article

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Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Read Article

Neil Blumenthal

Neil loves helping people see. He and three friends launched Warby Parker, a transformative eyewear brand sold through www.warbyparker.com for a fraction of the price of comparable quality glasses. Read Article

Jeff Staple

With his hands in just about everything, Jeff Ng aka Jeff Staple has masterfully created an entire world of communicating through design. Read Article

Noreen MacDonald

Noreen MacDonald, A.J.P. Flagship Manager of IWC New York, has enjoyed an exciting journey in the land of timepieces and fine jewelry. Having started out her jewelry career at Harry Winston, she has worked in many aspects of luxury retail on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue with such brands as Tiffany & Co./Patek Philippe, DiModolo Milano and Trade Show Network. Read Article