spotted in the city: summer streets

Plastic makes perfect (and colorful) poles: A nice diversion on my way to yoga today were these incredibly colorful poles, wrapped for the second of three Saturday’s of New York City’s “Summer Streets.” The health and wellness program is being put on by the City of NYC with partnerships — today’s including Women’s Health magazine. The initiative gets New Yorkers out on the streets for running, walking and biking the first three August Saturdays this summer. For specific routes and schedules, check here.

Urban wellness? We dig it.

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For the program’s equally impressive (and colorful) logo, check it out after the jump. [Read more…]

spotted in the city: nyc water and the next v&s combo

Summer sightings: A couple weeks ago I happened through Union Square in Manhattan and loved the sight of this: an NYC Water trough of sorts. The multi-faucet fountain is part of the city’s Water-On-the-Go program, which offers any NYC public event that lasts over four hours and has an estimated attendance of 500 people. Hydrated urban folks during a summer of sweltering heat? We dig that.

Below: We were also digging these two ball girls at a recent WTT event that must have been on a break cycle. The two gals were smacking the ball with quite oomph, and there were a couple rather savvy net plays that had us thinking: Are these the next Venus and Serena?

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spotted in the city: monica's bag and djoko on the wall

Summer in the city: Walking down 9th Avenue one day in Hell’s Kitchen, I noticed this construction site plastered in newspaper articles. Two of them caught my eye: pieces on Novak Djokovic. A hearty fan (construction worker??) had taken the time and energy to post them in their entirety among the other random clippings smacked on the wall. He wasn’t so lucky at the French, but redeemed himself at Wimbledon. Below: Brand bunnies, can anyone spot the maker of this bag? How about you, TSF West? This hexagon-inspired ditty belongs to Monica Seles — the white Yonex zip-up and barely-visible BlackBerry, too. We snapped this shot the day that TSF chatted with Monica at the HSBC Wimbledon event in Rockefeller Plaza. | TSF Vault: Monica Seles

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spotted in the city: rafa on the cover of webmd (?!)


So… Apparently Rafael Nadal is on the cover of the current WebMD magazine, on newsstands now. TSF contributor and screenwriter/director Tobin Addington (who also alerted us to Slate‘s amazing grunt quiz) sent this picture with the commentary, “…WebMD magazine?!” Our thoughts, exactly, Tob.

The article, Rafael Nadal’s Secrets for Success, dives into how Rafa balances his health and his game and all the goings-on that the WebMD crowd would want to know about. Check out a crisp cover shot here.

TSF Vault: More city spottings here | Have a sighting of something tennis-esque? Send it to us!

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spotted in the city: the nasty and candy

City spottings: A couple of months ago I noticed this gem of a signed Ilie Nastase poster in David Thorpe‘s office, he of podcast fame. I’ll have him tell the back story next time we’re on air (soon!). More: TSF podcasts

Below, a little gift from the folks at Chance, who put up a pop-up shop on Elizabeth Street in Noho. The shop is up for the month of June, and thanks to this little morsel — a peppermint taffy was inside — I got the chance to enjoy my Sunday that much more. But as StyleBeat blog notes, Chance has much more than taffy to offer: former Kate Spade creative director Julia Leach is behind the scenes at Chance, and Marisa Marcantonio notes the collection is designed with “a yen for all things French and penchant for travel.” We can dig it.


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spotted in the city: desigual, updated adidas and uniqlo

Feeling colorful: It’s nice to see some color in Midtown Manhattan every once and a while — away from Times Square, that is. The Desigual store on 35th and 6th Avenue, just below Bryant Park, gives spring a new feeling in the city. The Spanish clothing co. gets pretty good reviews for their store in SoHo, but as one Yelper notes: the store “isn’t friendly for budget shoppers.”

Summertime signage: We know you were curious about what the adidas store would launch off its blank canvas from earlier this week. Looks like they’re set for summertime, and if you can’t quite make out those faces, don’t worry — none of them are major athletes. Just models making the store look pretty.

After the jump: Uniqlo gets in the tennis swing, and not just for Kei. [Read more…]

spotted in the city: a blank canvas

We’re pretty good at keeping you updated on what’s going on at the adidas store in SoHo. But for TSF East, it’s part of our almost-daily route to and from the gym (might have to make that daily before summer hits… ), so we’ve always got our eye on what the folks at the German co. are putting out on the corner for fans to take in. Blank canvas: For now, it looks as though the folks at adidas are switching things up on Houston St. Above, a shot from later in the night and below, earlier. Two fun looks at the calm between storms. More: Missed Katy Perry for adidas? Photo shoot here

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spotted in the city: white balls and wilson


White washed: I was pleasantly surprised on my first trip out to play tennis this spring when I opened the can of Wilson balls I had just bought at Paragon Sports in Union Square to find the balls were white. Oh! So this is how these babies used to look?My playing partner and I noticed no real difference in the sight of the ball as we hit, but it was certainly fun to feel a little throwback on day one of “spring training.”

Buy: On the Tennis Hall of Fame website for a true throw-back feel, $6/can


September comes in April: Paragon also had U.S. Open merch out for perusal. Of this kit, nothing caught our eye (are these leftovers from last year?). But the Open Shop is up and running, and we’re kind of digging the $59.99 ball boy shorts, marked down from $125. This might be the perfect time to get 2010 stuff marked way down.

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spotted in the city: caro’s all in and mlb fan cave

Window treatment: The window spot has been up and down for Caroline Wozniacki — the face (and bod) for the Stella McCartney line — at the adidas store in SoHo. But she’s “all in” currently, sporting a big smile as spring brings about the French Open. 

It’s not for hibernating: We’re digging Major League Baseball‘s MLB Fan Cave, just a few blocks up from Caro’s corner spot on Broadway in Greenwich Village. The spot just opened below the new Blink Fitness and offers a “a first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience,” says MLB.com. Of course they’re watching games all day, but big-time players are dropping in on occasion and there is plenty of up-close-and-personal interactive activities for fans to experience. Two, no three, snaps to whoever thought of this gem.

City spottings don’t just happen in NYC. Have one? Send it to us. We love “fan” mail.

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spotted in the city: cover me (correctly)

Two recent run-ins in the city: On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Kiehl’s is keeping its new store under classy wraps with a branded display from ground up. Though we’re not sure when the store is supposed to open, we love the way they’ve chosen to make the unsightly part of the re-build process somewhat … sexy. Meanwhile, in SoHo, H&M is doing much the same with a three-story high coverage of its construction on Broadway. Kudos, folks.

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