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 magazine 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. Our email is still the best source for news you need, events you’ll love, and features that keep you connected to Brooklyn life. We also produce our own events and host Wedding Crashers, an annual Immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery, Indie Media Camp and Screen Time Social.

Nicole Davis, Publisher and co-founder
When Nicole launched Brooklyn Based in 2007, she had worked primarily as a writer, researcher and reporter for magazines like National Geographic Adventure and as the arts editor of the beloved NYC weekly, The Villager. In the process of running an indie media company, though, she’s added a few other roles to her skill set, like event producer, publicist, and ad sales. She’s lived in Park Slope, Gowanus, Clinton Hill, Dumbo, and Greenpoint, and now lives in Hipsturbia with her husband, daughter, son, dog and two cats. You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can’t keep her away from her work.

Annaliese Griffin, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder
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 tries not to let her love of procedural crime dramas get in the way of her work.

Chrysanthe Tenentes, Partner, Contributing Editor and co-founder
Chrysanthe is a second generation Brooklynite, originally from Vermont, residing in Williamsburg. She has worked 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.


Kate Hooker 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.

David Chiu is a writer who lives in Brooklyn. He has written for AOL Music, Time Out New York, People and New York Magazine.

Alexander Jordan has been living in Boerum Hill since 2009, having relocated from Philadelphia, where he played bass in two (admittedly awful) local bands. Before it was shut down, he was a contributor to the now defunct New York Music News. Alex is a fan of the local Brooklyn music scene, and he will also see pretty much any band that was on the radio in the 90’s.

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.

Casey Acierno’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 husband.

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.