25 Sexiest New Yorkers 2012

Crowning the sexiest New Yorkers is not an exact science. In fact, it’s not even an inexact science. There is definitely plenty of room for argument when awarding this particular title. Being sexy in New York—a town built on fierce competition and startling accomplishment—is a feat in and of itself. New Yorkers are known to be chic, edgy, smart and ambitious to the point of ruthlessness—all great traits, but not exactly expressways to sexiness. So, it is a rare New Yorker who also has that extra “it” factor, that kittenish irrestibility quotient. Still, we found the 25 New Yorkers who leave us agape. They have that combination of beauty, brains and bodies to die for, with a dash of confidence, elegance and power swirled into one. We may not be able to define or measure “sexy,” but we know it when we see it.

1.  Anderson Cooper

2.  Alejandro Santo Domingo

3.  Alexandra Richards

4.  Nacho Figueras

5.  Diana Taylor

6.  James Franco

7.  Rachel Roy

8.  Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

9.  Stavros Niarchos

10. Liv Tyler

11. Jessica Chastain

12. Matt Bomer

13. Jamie Johnson

14. Jon Stewart

15. Prince Phillip Radziwill

16. Heather Mnuchin

17. Liya Kebede

18. Sophie Pera

19. Lily Kwong

20. Solange Knowles

21. Allison Aston

22. Ashley Wicks

23. Natalia Echavarria

24. Andrew Lauren

25. Keith Leiberthal (Juliana Margolis’ husband)