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 including Wedding Crashers, Brooklyn’s best wedding fair for modern lovers; an annual Immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery; Indie Media Camp for writers, editors and new media publishers as well as Screen Time Social, a day of talks about raising kids in the digital age.

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 such as National Geographic Adventure and as the arts editor of the beloved NYC weekly, The Villager. In the process of running an indie media company, she’s added a number of other roles to her repertoire, from publicist to event producer. 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.

Ashley Mikoletic, Events Manager
Ashley Mikoletic made the move from Cleveland to NYC in 2007 to follow a career in the fashion industry. After a few years on the administrative side of a handbag brand in the Navy Yard, she made the decision to switch gears and found the perfect pairing with events. When she’s not curating Wedding Crashers and other Brooklyn Based happenings, you can find her at a local sports bar (as a long-running Cleveland sports fan), enjoying craft IPA’s, dining out or seeking her next travel plans with her fiancé.


Kate Hooker is a lawyer and aspiring comedy writer who is a relative newcomer to Brooklyn, having fled the East Village 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.

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.