That Brooklyn has an abundance of creatively minded and culturally significant residents is not really news—this has long been the case. Now though, the borough feels more than ever like a cultural nexus, wherein once marginalized voices and outsider perspectives are now a major part of our cultural conversation. And so what better time to celebrate some of the many people who are shaping Brooklyn culture today, those people responsible for the words we want to read, the films we want to see, the music we want to hear, the art we want to experience, the spaces we want to inhabit. Everyone on this list creates, directs, or provides a platform for the type of work that continues to make Brooklyn not just culturally relevant, but culturally vital. And we thank them for it.