Brooklyn Based was born in 2007, a time when Brooklyn was quickly replacing Manhattan as the creative center of New York. There were 80-something Brooklyn blogs, all of which were doing a much better job of covering the local scene than any other established news outlet. So, to be a little bit different, Brooklyn Based began as an email newsletter that made it easy for subscribers to keep track of the events, people and places that were part of Brooklyn’s rise as the most awesome place on earth. In time, we began producing some of our own events, and have since grown into a blog and an email for Brooklyn parents, too. Throughout it all, we have tried to stick to our motto, “Don’t be annoying,” with varying degrees of success.
Nicole Davis, Publisher, Brooklyn Based, Editor, BB Kids
Nicole moved to Brooklyn in 1997, worked at a few magazines, then took a day job as the arts editor of a local Manhattan weekly to pursue freelance writing. That was a tough road, so she decided to launch BB instead, and has pretty much devoted herself to it and little else since. She’s lived in Park Slope, Gowanus, Clinton Hill, Dumbo, and now calls Greenpoint home with her husband and brood.
Annaliese Griffin, Editor-in-Chief
Annaliese has worked almost any job you can think of–baker, farmer, nanny, cheesemonger, advertorial copywriter, professor of blogging at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, but what she really loves is writing about Brooklyn. She lives on the raggedy edge of Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy in an area she likes to call Bedstuywicksburg, and tries not to let her love of procedural crime dramas get in the way of her work.
Chrysanthe Tenentes, Partner and Contributing Editor
Chrysanthe is a second generation Brooklynite, originally from Vermont, residing in Williamsburg. She works by day as Community Manager at foursquare, and co-organizes the North Brooklyn Breakfast Club for startup and entrepreneurial types. Otherwise, she can be found baking, biking, or in three places at once.
Jessica Caramico, Marketing Manager
Jessica has an unpredictable sweet tooth, loves watching scary movies with her eyes partially closed, and bakes at least three times a week. She lived in Williamsburg for two years before making Park Slope her new home, but is happily reaping the benefits of off-leash hours at Prospect Park and Saturdays at the farmer’s market. During the day, Jessica works at a non-profit that manages charter high schools in the North Brooklyn area but spends most of her free time drawing name and letter art for her small business, Letterbits. She also sells Brooklyn-themed tote bags in stores throughout Brooklyn and is always looking for new things to draw.
Casey Acierno, Tip Sheet Editor
Casey’s grandparents left Brooklyn in the 1950s to give their children a backyard; half a century later, after ping-ponging between New York, London, and New Jersey, she’s happily settled back in Brooklyn (sans backyard). Her day job consists of using MTV’s superpowers for good as a member of the Public Affairs team. She enjoys cocktails involving gin and cucumber, singing at early morning Arsenal matches, and getting lost in Brooklyn with her fiance.
Kate Hooker, Tip Sheet Contributor
Kate is a lawyer and aspiring comedy writer who is a relative newcomer to Brooklyn, having fled the East Village last year in search of outdoor space and, apparently, kombucha. Kate and her cocker spaniel sidekick, Hurley, are thoroughly enjoying their new borough and all the benefits of grill ownership. When she isn’t working, Kate is often found trying out new restaurants and bars (particularly those that trade in oysters, craft beer, and pie), listening to podcasts for comedy nerds, and watching college basketball.
Jay Honstetter has lived in Brooklyn since 2003 and has spent a lot of time playing music, DJing, booking bands and reading in the back of a tour van. He studies journalism at CUNY Brooklyn, works in a wine store, and spends the rest of his time working on his new website, The Biography Project. On a night off, Jay can be found at home sipping on overpriced scotch, watching B-movies, and trying to play with his cat, Roxy Meowsic, who’s kind of a jerk.
Victoria Romero enjoys gin in the summer, bourbon in the winter, and sarcasm forever and for always. She thinks bad comedy can sometimes be ok, but that bad poetry is the worst ever. As an ardent fan of bacon in all its incarnations, Brooklyn makes her very happy, but she maintains a weakness for the Chimichurri trucks on Amsterdam Ave. Her current greatest wishes are to cat-sit for Marc Maron, to write the Great American Novel, and to be less weird.
Jon Reiss lives in Bushwick. He’s the arts editor of Jewcy and a contributor to the following outlets, NY Press, Venus Magazine, Spin Magazine, The Rumpus, Punknews, Impose, Vol.1 Brooklyn and The WG News. He’s currently in the process of publishing his first novel. Find him at jonreiss.tumblr.com.
Jordan Galloway is a culture writer by trade and a flat white aficionado by choice. When she’s not writing or consuming coffee, she can usually be found absconding with newspaper sections from her local coffee shop, plotting her great escape or knitting the world’s longest tangerine scarf.
David Chiu is a writer who lives in Brooklyn. He has written for AOL Music, Time Out New York, People and New York Magazine.