The Secret Guidebook

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Daily life in Brooklyn seems ordinary to us, but Brooklyn Diary elevates it to a work of art and guide book in one. Ten Brooklyn photographers shot twenty-one local artists where they live, work, eat, walk, and shop for this paperback book/journal, curated by Fort Greene textile designer and illustrator Lena Corwin and published this week by the tiny imprint, Lines and Shapes, that she and Maria Vettese founded. In it, the word artist is used broadly to include almost every type of designer– graphic, floral, fashion, housewares–and it offers a peek inside the lives of notable creatives including Sarah Ryhanen, one half of Little Flower School and owner of Red Hook’s flower/soap shop Saipua, Caitlin Mociun, the clothing and jewelry designer behind the Mociun line, and James Gallagher, mixed media artist and instructor at Parsons School of Design (his dining room table, littered with collage materials, is pictured above).

It’s both a voyeuristic look into the spaces they inhabit and the studios where they create their work, and an extensive but unconventional guide to the Brooklyn spots they frequent. The first section offers sweet maps of favorite neighborhood walks by three different artists, like Hikaru Furuhashi. But it’s primarily the photographers, including Sarah Palmer and Youngna Park, who showcase this small sliver of Brooklyn through their colorful, light photos–the sliver of Brooklyn we all see when we think of the borough at its best.

Brooklyn Diary, $32 plus shipping, on sale through Lines and Shapes

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