Anniversaries bring on reflection. This year St. Nicks Alliance marks its 40th year of service to the North Brooklyn Community, and back on August 1975 they published Volume 1 Number 1 of GREENLINE! In acknowledgement of this landmark year, it was decided to make the masthead into a blast from the past.
This also gives me the opportunity to answer the question, “Why GREENLINE?” The assumptions usually connect the paper to the G train or more colorfully ‘the greenline’, but this would be incorrect. GREENLINE comes from “greenlining” the strategy that St. Nicks Alliance Housing Corporation developed to fight off urban disinvestment or ‘redlining’ in which banks, insurance companies, etc. draw a redline around a district branding it as a bad investment. St. Nicks Alliance continues to be a successful protector and promoter of affordable housing as they endeavor to create opportunity in North Brooklyn.
For the duration of 2015 the GREENLINE masthead will be retro. Be on the lookout for more intriguing nostalgia as we may even pull an article or two from the archive. One of the best ways to see how far you’ve travelled is to look back at the beginning.