Author: Nicole Brydson

February 18, 2016 / / Community
May 15, 2014 / / Economy
April 15, 2014 / / Community

We all see a lot of content in Brooklyn, about Brooklyn, geared towards this page view perspective – the neighborhood power ranking competition, the divide and conquer POV, the immense amounts of knowledge we carry about the controversy of babies in bars, or cribs at restaurants, of not-researched factoids about fluctuating real estate prices – and not, actually useful knowledge about Brooklyn beyond its press releases about fashionistas and slow organic local whatevers. Those things are great, but they are not Brooklyn, we are all Brooklyn, and we are not all hipsters at fault for the apocalypse as some new media would have you believe.

Read the PostBrooklyn Shrugged: New Media’s Bottomliners

April 11, 2014 / / News

Now that we know soylent green is people and the Supreme Court insists that corporations are people, we should admit that if anything, social media is definitely people.

Read the PostSocial Media is People!!!

April 2, 2014 / / News

The Subjective Objective is a cultural media project that aims to engage artists everywhere to build organic digital media spaces for free self expression unmediated by advertisers. This is the first article in a series based on a solo session I hosted at SXSW 2014 called The Subjective Objective: Building Maker Media.

Read the PostThe Subjective Objective and the Human Hivemind

April 1, 2014 / / Economy

It has been a long time coming, creeping ever closer with each new luxury condo and $100 million townhouse sale, every $17 bowl of ramen, $10 latte and cup of cold-pressed beet-and-kale juice, but now the end is finally upon us: Manhattan is over. Done. Finished. Manhattan as brand has overtaken Manhattan as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: the cultivation of a luxury lifestyle.

Read the PostMANHATTAN IS OVER. If you want it.

February 27, 2014 / / Music

Though Zuzuka Poderosa describes her sound as “South America meets the South of North America” we’d like to think there’s some of the Southside in there too. I asked Zu about her new music, favorite Brooklyn venues, interracial music babies, and what’s up with her in 2014.

Read the PostWhat’s in a Name? That Which We Call Poderosa

February 26, 2014 / / Nightlife

‘Tis the season to start planning for Burning Man as registration opens to prance on the desert playa this August. Read the transcript of what Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Perry Barlow and Burning Man founder Larry Harvey had to say at the 2013 gathering on the past, present and future of making Black Rock City their home.

Read the PostEven if Temporarily, Home is Where the Man Burns

October 18, 2013 / / Economy

I’m just going to say it. What happened at 3rd Ward is a symptom of the capitalist corporate structure’s imposition upon the creative arts economy in Brooklyn over the last decade and change. My perch is unique in this arts economy – which includes entrepreneurial journalistic endeavors such as this site, which I own independently – as sites like mine have all popped up to cover what we see before us, but not all have remained completely advertiser free.

Read the PostThe Mallification of Brooklyn’s Creative Makers

August 15, 2013 / / News