Remember Saul Steinberg’s 1976 New Yorker cover, “View of the world from 9th Avenue“? In case you don’t, it shows 9th Ave, 10th Ave, the Hudson River and beyond it, a big block of land covering the rest of the country. That illustration defined the way New Yorkers saw Manhattan in relation to the rest of the world. But it wasn’t just about Steinberg’s vision. Steinberg was illustrating the way New Yorkers already viewed themselves and their city. Now, Brooklyn Poster illustrates the world from Brooklyn’s perspective.
Over the course of several months, BlankSlate created an illustration that defines Brooklyn’s image of itself. They wanted to pay homage to the New Yorker cover and poke a bit of fun at it. From Brooklyn’s perspective, the tiny island of Manhattan is pushed off to the side, overshadowed by a borough as dynamic and diverse as it is large in size and population.
When it comes to Brooklyn itself, many details are there. Looking closely, you can see the things that make Brooklyn tick. Part of the design process was figuring out what to include. There are the landmarks, like Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Gardens, McCarren Park, the Domino Sugar Factory and Coney Island. There are the people on the streets, riding bikes, in the windows of apartment buildings and on boats. The illustration is not an accurate map, but rather a representative depiction, a creative take on the way Brooklynites see their borough.
In the end, people can be proud to display the Brooklyn Poster in their homes and offices. The team behind Brooklyn Poster knows how much people are already excited about Brooklyn’s thriving lifestyle, arts and culture, and wants to add to that conversation with a line of merchandise that’s not just designed and printed in Brooklyn, but is also about Brooklyn.
BlankSlate already knows a lot about Brooklyn as they help advertisers connect with audiences through the largest network of websites in Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Flea, Brownstoner, Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Brooklyn Magazine, The L Magazine, Untapped Cities and Dumbo NYC. The team is always watching new developments and looking towards Brooklyn’s future.
For now, the poster is available as a 24″ x 36″ offset print, as an 18″ x 24″ high quality giclée, and as a limited edition 24″ x 36″ giclée. Follow Brooklyn Poster on Facebook and Twitter @BrooklynPoster to keep up with new developments and get updates on new merchandise, including a line of notecards, t-shirts, tote bags, iPhone and iPad cases, and more.