Arts & Culture

The Brooklynites

A complex and quixotic urban animal found ranging across southeast New York City, the Brooklynite has obtained a sort of mythological status, representing the "you tawkin’ to me?" attitude for which the city is world-renowned. For over three years, writer … Read More

By / September 19, 2008

A complex and quixotic urban animal found ranging across southeast New
York City, the Brooklynite has obtained a sort of mythological status,
representing the "you tawkin’ to me?" attitude for which the city is
world-renowned. For over three years, writer Anthony LaSala and
photographer Seth Kushner trekked tirelessly across the borough,
documenting these charismatic characters in THE BROOKLYNITES, a
collection of images, interviews, and essays.

Kushner and LaSala, native Brooklynites themselves, sought out the
famous and the nameless, current residents and former inhabitants,
providing a profoundly comprehensive portrait of both the metropolis
and its denizens. Featuring the likes of Paul Auster, Spike Lee, Steve
Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Sufjan Stevens, John Turturro, Casey Spooner,
Steve Schirripa, Matisyahu, and Jonathan Lethem-as well as local
heroes-THE BROOKLYNITES features figures from the widely diverse
neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough: Brooklyn Heights,
Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Boerum Hill, Brighton
Beach, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill,
Coney Island, DUMBO, Dyker Heights, East New York, Flatbush, Flatlands,
Fort Greene, Gowanus, Gravesend, Greenpoint, Manhattan Beach, Marine
Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Red Hook,
Sheepshead Bay, Sunset Park, and Williamsburg.

With a population of 2.5 million people, Brooklyn is one of
the most celebrated locales in all the world. Its landmarks (The
Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwood Cemetery), renowned neighborhoods (Coney
Island, Park Slope), history (The Brooklyn Dodgers) and institutions
(Brooklyn Academy of Music, Prospect Park) are recognized in every
corner of the globe while its stories and legends have been recounted
in hundreds of famous novels (A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, MOTHERLESS
BROOKLYN, LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN), television shows (The Cosby Show),
theater productions (BKLYN the musical) and films (Saturday Night
Fever, Crooklyn). THE BROOKLYNITES gives readers an all-inclusive tour
of the "home to everyone from everywhere": Brooklyn, New York.

The Brooklynites can be purchased at Powerhouse Books.