Issue No. 1 opens with Alison Rodriguez offering her humor, wit, and honesty in "Over the River and Through the Woods," where she writes about her family's trek through the New York City rental market, and their move from Weehawken, New Jersey to Park Slope. We won't say whether she saw a StreetEasy ad on the subway that pointed her toward Park Slope.
Isaac Myers III profiles a photographer and dear friend, Robert Englebright, who has helped hundreds of homeowners show off their digs to potential buyers, with photographs of their houses and apartments taken in the very best light. One evening this past December, he filled us in on what he's been up to over the last three decades, and also shared a bit about what he's experienced within the commercial photography field, and how its changed since he first found an interest in taking pictures.
Andrew Jimenez reviews Michael Woodsworth's The Battle for Bed-Stuy, a treatise length look into how the Lyndon B. Johnson Era’s War on Poverty affected the historic neighborhood. Jimenez's review, "Bed-Stuy as a Model for Social-Democratic Reform in the United States," draws comparisons between how the neighborhood's grassroots movements of the 1950s and 1960s mirror some of the efforts of the Occupy Movement. Was that really six years ago?
Ben Janse's short story, "Abscond!" might lead you to jump into your car, or hop on a train, or go by bike, or flee by foot, whatever it takes to escape the noises and chaos of this city, even if you can only get away for a few moments.
Sean Damlos-Mitchell's poems, "Ext / Int." and "Int. / Ext." invite questions regarding what's on the inside, and what's on the outside of our hearts and minds, and apartments, and also whether there's any difference between the three.
Issue No. 1 closes with two poems by Jason Koo, the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets, and the gentleman whose work inspired the creation and launch of Curlew Quarterly.
Photographs and portraits by Emily Fishman and Alexandra Bildsoe knit the pieces together, and carry throughout the journal; giving the pages an intimate and inviting look and feel.
Issue No. 1 includes interviews with Alison; Robert; Andrew, Sean, and Ben; and Jason. We went into their apartments, saw how they‘re living, and learned a bit about their careers, writing and working processes, and what they make of this place that we call New York, New York.