It has been three months since I decided to re-launch this magazine in this compact form. In June, our store on Washington Avenue closed until December 2011 for renovation due to a fire and we opened one in Dumbo this September.
For me, the loss represents opportunity, and a rebirth. The return of this publication to Brooklyn is timely. Changes are going on and the opportunities available to tell the stories in our unique way.
This issue welcomes new writers and columnists Cassandra Bromfield writes fashion features, and Krystal Deville on writes on food Ezinne Adibe talks about Culture and Identity and we debut “the Hotness List” that takes the pulse of Brooklyn each quarter. I have a renamed column – Business Smarts- and will continue to voice our distinctive opinions.
This issue is first transition of what Calabar has to offer. We are urban Brooklyn insiders and focused on sharing what’s going in the neighborhoods of Bed Stuy, Fort Greene, Clinton Hills, Flatbush, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope and we have added Boerum Hill and Dumbo to the mix.
My choice to print the magazine is strategic and sentimental. I am a child of a journalist and print is in my Dna. Print is not dead just transforming. I am a magazine lover. I love the feel of paper and covet magazines. It is strategic because there are people who love reading books and magazines; and we will be out quarterly – October, January, April and July. We will also update our website and do monthly pieces online. Join us to changing Brooklyn and the world.