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NYC Freedom Tower BASE Jump Video Is Beautifully Terrifying

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The tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere is getting its fair share of attention this week. First with a teen sneaking on the Freedom Tower roof, and now with two dudes who videotaped their B.A.S.E jump (an acronym for the four categories which one can jump: building, antenna, span and Earth) off the structure into the Manhattan streets at 3 a.m. The description on the soon to be viral video shares that the men made the jump back in September.

In the video below, the first guy jumps at around 2:30 minutes in if you want to fast forward (you video adrenaline junkie you), and the second guy (who gives us a first person view) jumps at 2:45. Not for the faint heart, unless you’re practicing to be Batman:

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NYFW: Michael Bastian’s Japan-inspired Collection For F/W 2014

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Another New York Fashion Week season is among us, and it’s off to a fantastic start with Michael Bastian’s fall/winter 2014 presentation on Tuesday at the Rubin Museum of Art. Inspired by trips to Japan, Bastian’s collection ranged from casual to formal evening wear with different pieces and accessories made with kimono fabric (used in scarves, windbreakers and a kimono itself), or with ethnic and artful embroidery—such as a ‘Samurai armor’ fair isle turtleneck sweater, a track jacket with Mt Fuji on the back and a Godzilla cashmere sweater (which everyone will need right away).

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7 Gay Sports Bars To Visit

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With the Super Bowl this Sunday, I thought it would be great to share an article for NewNowNext I wrote on some of the best LGBT sport bars to visit across the country if anyone still needs to make plans to watch the game or for any last minute travels:

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Hi Tops (above) must be doing something right: Eater SF ranked this newcomer the second-best sports bar in the city, gay or otherwise. The casual Castro saloon wins over locals and visitors alike with an attitude-free aura and menu of bacon burgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, corn dogs and homemade warm pretzels. Swing by Thursdays for Gym Class and get free whisky shots from jockstrap-wearing bar babes. A double win!
2247 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Crew Bar + Grill
A Chicago favorite for its array of American and Tex-Mex eats (make sure to stop by during $1 Taco Tuesdays), Crew Bar & Grill is a straight-friendly watering hole showcasing sports on more than 20 screens. Weekly parties include pop-music and karaoke nights, and every last Friday of the month there’s a popular jockstrap contest. If you ‘re new to the Windy City, join the Beer God club: Try all of Crew’s dozen-plus beers on tap and get your picture on the wall, a free “Beer God” t-shirt and discounts on imperial, 20oz, pints for a year.
4804 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

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Outfit: A Classic New York Date Night Look

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I love the pre-winter season in New York when the city starts to get brighter each night with holiday and winter lights being put up, it’s perfect for a date night stroll. Vee Travels blog model Eric poses as my faux boyfriend for a walk around the classic Rockefeller Center (yes I know touristy, but like Icona Pop’s hit from last year, “I don’t care, I love it!”).

Sticking to bold basic colors is always a good way to go if you aren’t sure what color to wear on a first yet (and blues are good all year round), but make a little statement with your style by adding some a color blocking such as this Express wool peacoat that I styled with an Armani Exchange henley sweater and Zara ankle boots and trousers.

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Outfit: The Business Casual Autumn Traveler Featuring @FrankAndOak

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The best thing about business casual attire is the versatility it offers travelers. The look can be worn in transit and at your hosting office—which is perfect if you have a meeting right away when you land.

Wonderful for styling a business casual look, the Montreal-based e-commerce Frank & Oak offers an array of individual pieces that are perfect for fall (and any season really), and they design a new collection each month.

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Shooting in the perfect foliage setting of New York’s Central Park, Vee Travels’ newest model, James, sports Frank & Oak’s slim fitting Huntsman’s Wool Blazer in the oak. Paired with a wine purple-colored button down, I topped off the two with a slim flannel plaid tie with the fall color scheme of navy, forest and honey.

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Street Style: The Rugged Huntsman

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In this week’s edition of OUT On The Street, I found a traveling Minnesotan named Ricky giving us huntsman realness on Crosby Street. Ricky mixes a vintage camo tee and Italian boots with a jacket from Grenfell, a British brand of luxury outwear. See the details of the look on Out.com, and check out more street style on Vee Travels.

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Get The Look: Autumn Leather In Central Park & MR PORTER ‘s Global Style Campaign

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While a leather jacket can look good almost anytime of the year, brown leather shines like no other when surrounded by November’s colorful foliage in New York’s Central Park. I styled my favorite vintage leather jacket with other shades of brown. A classic pair of tan J.Crew cotton-twill chinos contrast the dark brown jacket in a smart manner, and fall styling calls for a pair of rugged boots. This simple pair from Grenson adds a stylish body to the classic derby boot with a scotch grain leather.

To break the brown hues, and standout one it’s own, a rich burgundy crew neck sweater is a wardrobe essential (as the color can look good year-round), and to top off the look on a sunny day, can’t go wrong with Ray-Ban aviators.

Get The Look:

Jacket: Vintage (similar from Belstaff)
Sweater: Banana Republic Blended Sweater (similar from J.Crew)
Pants: J.Crew Cotton-Twill Chinos
Footwear: Grenson Hadley derby boot
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar from Ray-Ban)

MR PORTER’s Global Style Campaign

Taking part as a Details Network contributor for MR PORTER’s Global Style Campaign, created to showcase and connect stylish men across the world, I hope you too can take part by showing your personal style through this Instagram-driven digital event hosted by MR PORTER.

Simply upload a photo of yourself showing your personal style with the hashtags #MRPORTERGS and the city you’re in (ex. #NEWYORK), then check out all the other men entered in Mr Porter’s Global Style Map. Everyone who takes part is eligible to win a very handsome prize of $4,000 for a new MR PORTER wardrobe. Good luck gentlemen!


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Outfit: Shark Week Ready

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The shark’s the hottest animal right now! Discovery Channel’s annual, week-long obsession of the sea creature started on Sunday, and Sharknado‘s becoming a cult classic; with plans for a second film due in 2014 that will be based in New York.

When I came across TOMs’ Shark Week shoes, I fell in love with them and put together a look based around the ‘it animal’s new footwear. With the shoes having a strong pattern already, even if you go with the Biminis, I wanted to keep the look simple, but still sharp.

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Shot by the Intrepid, I styled Eric here with John Varvatos’ silk-blend Hampton polo in dry fig and a pair of dark wash, skinny jeans from Express. Accessories include are VonZipper’s new Commonwealth sunglasses in torte, a brown cuff watch from GUESS, and the tech-friendly Herschel Supply Heritage backpack—all of which matched the navy canvas and brown suede stringing the eyelets perfectly.

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My City: Hell’s Kitchen Musts From Nightlife Personality, Justin Luke

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If you’re a New York City gay in his 20s-30s, you either know of or have met nightlife promoter Justin Luke at one of his weekly parties across Manhattan. And if you are a traveler to the city, odds are you’ve been to at least one of them in your last visit during a night out.

Just getting his start four and half years ago at the soon-to-be closed Splash, Justin is the co-director and head promoter of longtime NYC gay nightlife promotion company, BoiParty.  Justin is also a published author, a fellow blogger, and has a knack for social media; creating a private VIP Facebook group of over 7,700 international gay men in their 20s, Gorgeous Gay and Twenty-Something (GG20).

Kicking off this new series, Justin gives us his favorites and musts for the ever growing gay hub of Hell’s Kitchen; where he resides and the hottest parties take place.

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Outfit: The Business Casual Summer Traveler

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Business travel is on the rise again and New York remains the top U.S. destination, so no better location for a business casual look that’s perfect for in the office or on the go—whether it be plane or commuting down the High Line.

If you’re traveling this summer for work, and your hosting office calls for a casual look, have some fun and ditch the khakis or the wingtips and cap-toes. A colorful boat shoe or moc can really put that extra pep in your step, while keeping it prep, and that is what this look was based around.

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Business On Top, Party On The Bottom

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