About the Brooklyn Rail


John Berger reading the Brooklyn Rail. Photo by David Levi Strauss.

Lucy Lippard reading the Brooklyn Rail. Photo by Ethan Ryman.

“The Rail is the best publication of its kind in New York—and it keeps getting better.” – Paul Auster

Founded in October 2000 and currently published monthly with a print circulation of 20,000 and an international online monthly readership of over 500,000, the Brooklyn Rail is committed to providing an independent forum for arts, culture, and politics throughout New York City and beyond.

Our journal, in addition to featuring local reporting; criticism of music, dance, film, and theater; and original fiction and poetry, covers contemporary visual art in particular depth. In order to democratize our art coverage, our art section has initiated a rotating editorship, which such luminaries as Robert Storr, Elizabeth Baker, Barbara Rose, Irving Sandler, and Dore Ashton have helmed.

In 2004, the Rail was honored with several awards from the Independent Press Association-NY, and in 2002 and 2003, we proudly received the Utne Independent Press Award for Best Local/Regional Coverage in North America. In addition, the Rail further fulfills its mission by curating art exhibitions, panel discussions, reading series and film screenings that reflect the complexity and inventiveness of the city's artistic and cultural landscape. If you would like to receive occasional updates on our events and other special projects, please join our mailing list. Our programming has been covered by the New York Times, Village Voice, New Yorker, New York Press, New York Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America, Il Giornale Dell’Arte, Flair Magazine, Ha’aretz, WBAI, and WNYC.

“So far as the art scene is concerned, it is the murmur of the city in print.”  - Robert Storr

Our small press, Brooklyn Rail Editions, publishes books of poetry, experimental fiction, prose meditation, artists' writings, and interviews with artists in addition to art and literary criticism.

The Brooklyn Rail, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distributes its journal free of charge, and our devoted staff, editors and contributors work on an entirely voluntary basis. We rely exclusively on the philanthropy of foundations and individual donors to meet our production, operation, and program expenses. If you are interested in supporting us, please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation.

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