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Intersection: A Quiet Moment, Where the Sounds Overwhelm

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If you take the E train to the last stop in Queens and leave the station, thesights, sounds and smells of Jamaica Avenue will immediately overtake your senses. On any given day on The Ave., as it’s often called, you’ll find a cast of street vendors selling incense, shaved ice and bootleg DVDs.

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Whether peddled from push carts or brick-and-mortar stores, the food, clothing and music options on the strip that extends from Sutphin Boulevard to 165th Street can be just as exciting as it is overwhelming.

The last stop also leads to the bus terminal for those who need to travel farther into Queens. There, dollar van drivers await, hoping to load their vehicles to capacity with the next batch of commuters who want to beat the bus home. But Jamaica Avenue is more than a transportation intersection. It’s a shopping hive, home to the Jamaica Colosseum Mall, which has arguably the widest selection of sneakers, jewelry and mix tapes in the city. The Colosseum is not only known for the more than 100 retailers who sell their merchandise, like swanky iPhone cases to studded, gold nameplate necklaces, it’s also where LL Cool J filmed his music video “Hush,” and where the Wu-Tang Clan shot their “Ice Cream” video, to name a few.

On a recent steamy afternoon on Union Hall Street and Jamaica Avenue, we met Denard Talton, a professional drummer. Mr. Talton, who was quite the jokester, described his take on style on Jamaica Avenue, but spoke more plainly about his style evolution. When he was younger, Mr. Talton said, you could find him in a uniform of baggy pants and sneakers. Now, he sticks to more tailored fashion, inspired by the older men he saw while touring in Europe. Their tailored suits with quiet but intentional details made an impression on him. And whether he’s shopping at Old Navy or a European boutique, Mr. Talton said he’s forever drawn to form-fitting silhouettes, always with comfort in mind.

By Simone S. Oliver, July 31, 2012, New York Times.  For the full article, please click here: http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/intersection-a-quiet-moment-where-the-sounds-overwhelm/?ref=fashion

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