Teensy is a new teen zine that celebrates South Brooklyn businesses
Great piece from Brooklyn Magazine that highlights Teensy, a new teen zine based in South Bk, and developed and executed by area teenagers. Gotta love and respect the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity on display here.
The slick and colorful Teensy is a multi-section magazine that features interviews, profiles and features of small businesses and community groups throughout South Brooklyn. Neubert, 17, and a cohort of friends developed Teensy to support local businesses that had been affected by the pandemic.
“It came from a place of seeing specific businesses and local shops in my neighborhood closing,” she says. “I wanted to be something that would either inspire neighborhood pride and at the same time help drum up support for these small businesses.”
While readers (and journalists) have been bemoaning the death of print media for as long as the Teensy staff has been alive, Emse settled on creating a print magazine because she wanted to work directly with her community.
“Blogging and podcasts are more impersonal, I feel. There’s this nostalgic quality about my neighborhood that still honors print, especially in the older generation,” she says. “There’s a lot of creative people in Brooklyn, whether that be in a field of art, like photography, or illustration, or painting. All of that can come together in a magazine in a really cool way that kind of encompasses everyone’s individual niche or area of expertise.”
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