The Perfumed Dandy’s Post Cards from The Big Apple… Part One: Times Square and South


New York is a great big buzzing blur.

After the imperial splendour of Washington DC this vast, vivid, hot, exciting, diverse, dirty, crazy, beautiful city is a smack across the face.

It’s a gutsy gust of sweaty smelling-salts pouring forth under Marilyn’s skirt from a subway vent.

Here are a few photographic impressions… Why not put forward some fragrant thoughts to go with them?















My goodness, The Dandy‘s feet are sore just thinking of all that shoe leather worn out walking those streets!

So it’s all for the best if I put my pins up and think up some scented suggestions to with these snaps tomorrow!!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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23 responses to “The Perfumed Dandy’s Post Cards from The Big Apple… Part One: Times Square and South

  1. All pictures are very descriptive and … alive (?) but my favorite is of a couple dancing Argentine tango in a park. Will wait for the fragrant pairing.

    • Dearest Undina
      You know I think that is mine too.
      The sunshine was very bight when it came through that day and the initial photograph came through as almost a silhouette, but magically as a lightened it that wonderful red dress appeared from the darkness.
      Almost, indeed, as you say as though it were alive!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. I’ll take Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too, it’s lovely going through the zoo
    It’s very fancy on old Delaney Street, you know.
    The subway charms us so, when balmy breezes blow to and fro.
    And tell me what street compares with Mott street in July,
    Sweet push carts gently gliding by
    The great big city’s a wondrous toy, just made for a girl and boy.
    I’ll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy.
    I’ll go to Greenwich, where modern men itch to be free.
    And Bowling Green you’ll see with me.
    We’ll bathe at Brighton, the fish you’ll frighten
    When you’re in your bathing suit so thin, will make shellfish grin fin to fin.
    I’d like to take a sail on Jamaica Bay with you, the fair Canarsies Lake we’ll view
    The city’s bustle cannot destroy the dreams of a girl and boy,
    I’ll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy.

  3. rosestrang

    Great photos Sir T.P.D. – iconic! All those busy scents in the air, such a creative city – I tend to think of Fracas – partly because it’s the signature scent of my cousin (a music producer) who lives in New York, who has a huge red mane of hair and wears bright colours, but also because Fracas (and tuberose in general) brings gasoline to mind for me!

    Of course, all the Bond No 9 fragrances would be appropriate too, but I don’t know those so well. I know that shy, retiring violets and subtle irises exist in New York, working away on their creative endeavours behind closed doors, so for those people perhaps ‘Silences’ by Jacomo

    • Dearest Rose
      And Fracas too for the name, for this city is a boiling cauldron on the cusp of chaos as well as a creative engine fired on best petrol!
      Violets, now there’s a though, I do think of them in an urban context, though for some reason they always bring Berlin to mind for me.
      And yes, a very rootsy iris, both rough and polished at once… just like the place in question…
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Mary E.

    Scent specific like Le Labo for NYC Tubereuse 40 or the various Bond’s. Also Aedes Venustas has a scent developed for them exclusively. Hard to say what I’d pick for Manahattan the mega center of the America.

    • Dearest Mary
      How interesting given Rose’s comments and suggestion of Fracas that you have reminded us that le labo think likewise… perhaps it is the tuberose and gasoline connection?
      Aedes de Venustas was an Aladdin’s gave that I adored and so much a symbol of a certain element of the city’s culture.
      Great suggestions.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  5. Nena

    Amazing photos! New York looks like such a wonderful city.

    • Dearest Nena
      I hope these pictures capture something of the energy of the place… almost explosive at times, for that is always the lasting emotion, sensation what have you that NYC leaves embossed on me.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  6. As a native New Yorker whose favorite season is summer, I would have to say its Odeur 53 by Comme des Garçons. It goes so well with a walk downtown where you can encounter the heat from cars, fumes from exhaust pipes, steam rising from subway vents, heat radiating from bodies. Odeur 53 really enhances my experience of all of these man-made smells and magnifies them. Try it, it’s mindblowing.

    • Dearest Madperfumista
      Now that is a recommendation I must follow. A perfume that could intensify the intensity at the heart of the great city… now that’s something that needs must be further explored.
      Thank you so much for dropping by and for the suggestion too!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  7. What smells like asphalt and steel and Central Park and some of the most fashionable people in the world (all dressed in black), and hot dog carts, and Soho, and Mott St, and, and, and…?

  8. Miss Misty

    I have never been to NY but I picture this city as loud, colourful, bold and intense in any way. Gucci’s Rush comes to mind or some big 80’s power fragrance like Montana’s Parfum de Peau.

    By the way, these pictures are breathtaking beautiful! Such as the ones you took in Washington. You have a great eye for detail.

    • Dearest Miss Misty
      So good to hear from you again!
      Gucci’s Rush (actually in “male” or “female” editions would be perfect for different elements of this city!
      Thank you so much for your kind words about my snaps, they are very encouraging coming from someone with as keen an eye as you!
      I have not forgotten your aptitude at those location guessing games!!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  9. Miss Misty

    I know I was not very communicative over the last week. My job is absorbing so much energy at the moment. At the end of the day I am very happy to just sit here and read your posts and the reply of others. It is very relaxing and taking my mind off things a bit.
    I need to thank you for that actually 🙂

    • Dearest Miss Misty
      The Dandy does now that feeling for the Summer is a busy time for him too. I do hope that everything will calm down soon and will try to keep the images and words flowing in the hope they will prove to be of some diversion!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandyy

  10. Looks like you had a great time in my town, M. Dandy! Hope NYC did you right 🙂

    • Dearest Biscuit
      NYC did me and my brother (he was getting married) very proud indeed.
      There will be more snaps to come of the ‘other half’ of this most amazingly diverse of cities.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  11. Lilybelle

    I love those photos. They made me smile. I laughed out loud at the bagel and salmon one. 🙂 I suppose TM Womanity for that one, but I don’t like that fragrance.

    • Dearest Lily
      You read my mind… it’s the only fragrance I can think of, but I don’t like it either, whereas I adore that photograph, one from a lovely series dotted around the equally lovely Chelsea foodmarket.
      It’s a quandry, perhaps I need to chec that new rush of caviar scented sprays that have recently arrived on the market.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

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