Black on White

…changes are coming to Citizen Brooklyn and we felt that an almost white canvas with some old typewriter text on it would best represent this moment.

Photo © Icarus Blake

(We decided to leave this cover White) Photo © Icarus Blake

A magazine is very much like a large white canvas. As we prepare an issue, we start throwing colors and black text on it. It looks really messy for a while, with pieces missing and illogical sequences. Back in the old days, editors used to print the articles on small cards and hang them on a large board on the wall as they became available. That’s how the sequence was done: by moving the cards around and then stepping back and looking at the big picture to see if the stories flowed with each other. That is how the idea of our home page came about. One window for every story, with a direct link to it. Hence, we have to create a mini cover for each article. An image that, together with the text excerpt and the title, best represents the content behind it. We place our mini covers over a strong background picture that has something to do with the philosophy of that issue.

This is our Spring issue, and we had originally chosen the very colorful picture you see at the end of this article as a cover. But, changes are coming to Citizen Brooklyn and we felt that an almost white canvas with some old typewriter text on it would best represent this moment. Some of our section names are changing. We are saying good-bye to our Doodle section and evolving it into a poetry section. If you are a reader, you have figured out by now that we love poetry. We felt that only one doodle was not enough to give the best interpretation to some of the poems we publish. Our Eyes section will also change soon. We felt that this intriguing gallery of pictures found on the web was not as successful as it should have been. We will come up with a different formula. Soon we are also launching our own eCommerce platform. We will be selling garments that will reflect the spirit of the magazine. The money from sales will help us finance the publishing of Citizen Brooklyn without having to rely solely on advertising. Enjoy our blank white Spring issue, and thank you for being our readers.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Photo © Icarus Blake

Icarus Blake & Max Power: Editors in Chief
Lora Wiley: Managing Editor
Teo J. Babini: Senior Editor
Greta Pininfarina: Fashion Director
Miko Sala: Art Director
Tiffany Credle: Senior Publishing Editor
Daniel Cardona: Graphic Designer
Luigi Scarcella: Graphic Illustrator
Matt Heidkamp: Editorial Producer and eCommerce Manager
Nancy Cooper: Finance Supervisor
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Contributors to this issue:

Thor Benson/Three-Way Intersection
Thor Benson is a traveling writer currently based in Portland, Oregon. Benson has been featured in literary journals across the country, including: Black Heart Magazine, Empirical Magazine, The Conium Review, FictionBrigade, and more. He is also a freelance journalist for publications like Vice Magazine,, and DailyKos. Benson can be found at a run-down whiskey bar.

Alexsey Kashtelyan /Three-Way Intersection
Alexsey Kashtelyan sprung out of his mother’s womb at the fall of the Soviet Union, and now lives the life of a starving artist in Tucson, Arizona. Please send him food (and drugs.)

Dominick Montalto/A Lesson in Time
Dominick Montalto is a freelance copy editor/proofreader. His educational background is in literature, art history, philosophy, and religion. He is a poet and essayist, with publishing credits in both genres in print and on the web. His literary interest is in the long nineteenth century from the French Revolution through the early Modern novel, with focus on the Gothic, Romanticism, Decadence and Aestheticism, and Orientalism. His religious and philosophical interests lay in mysticism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Giovanni Gastel/A Lesson in Time
Giovanni Gastel is the nephew of Italian director Luchino Visconti. He has transferred the imagery and the mood of the old Milanese noblesse to its photography. He has worked for 30 years at the forefront of fashion photography collaborating with the most important magazines in the world and shooting many mainstream advertising campaigns. He is a master at mixing ‘old’ analog techniques with modern digital photography. He has published numerous books and his work has been featured in museums and art galleries. For more information you can download the app Giovanni Gastel from the Apple Store.

Shay Neary/The Shanghai Express
Shay Neary is a trans-woman college grad living in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. She currently works at RedFarm in Greenwich Village. She is a newbie to NYC and has an obsession with street food and Starbucks.

Mindo Cikanavicius/Hoya: Master of Ceremonies
Mindo Cikanavicius born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1976, lives and works in New York City. Mindo is focused creating story based unexpected moments with touch of cinematic drama, mystery and humor. His work is a blend of ideas, imagination, observations, experiences and emotions into making intriguing constructed reality photographs. Mindo holds a MFA degree in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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