An Indy is about to grow in Brooklyn.
After being based in Manhattan since it was launched 13 years ago, The Indypendent is moving across the East River to downtown Brooklyn. New York’s leading radical newspaper will be housed in the Brooklyn Commons at 388 Atlantic Avenue starting January 1, 2014.
“This is a great opportunity for the paper to continue flourishing,” said Alina Mogilyanskaya, The Indypendent’s managing editor and coordinator. “Brooklyn is the place to be,” added Mogilyanskaya, who immigrated to the borough when she was 6 years old.
Located in a former factory space, the Brooklyn Commons has emerged as a key social movement center in New York City during the past couple of years. The Commons has an event space, offices, classrooms and a rooftop garden. It is currently home to WBAI-99.5 FM, the Brecht Forum, the Right to the City Alliance and Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE). The Indypendent will be joined in its new office by its sister publication IndyKids, a newspaper and website for children ages 8-12.
“To have all these organizations that are doing all this good work in one place is very significant,” said Matt Birkhold, the executive director of the Brecht Forum, a cultural and educational center for people working for social justice. “And we’re ecstatic at the prospect of being in close contact with a paper that contributes so much in terms of critical thought and sharing news of happenings around the city.”
Brecht moved from its longtime home in the West Village to the Brooklyn Commons at the beginning of October. Birkhold said the move has brought his organization closer to the social conflicts roiling a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. At the same time, he noted, the Commons is accessible to New Yorkers from across the city due to its proximity to the Atlantic Terminal transit hub and several other nearby subway stations.
“It’s incredible,” Birkhold said. “We are within four blocks of almost every train in the city.”
The Indypendent will host an open house for the paper’s supporters in January on a date still to be determined. It is also looking to host more workshops and public events at the Commons in 2014. “We’re going to publish an excellent newspaper and have a good time doing it,” Mogilyanskaya said. “That’s the way it ought to be.”
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