Brooklyn Torch

image by The Brooklyn Torch Project

image by The Brooklyn Torch Project

I was exploring the bitcoin world and came across Jillian Steinhauer’s article in the Brooklyn Quarterly that explores activism in the arts and alternative currencies. One such local currency is a close to my home – the Brooklyn Torch.

Mary Jeys, artist and founder of the Brooklyn Torch, has been in the process of launching the currency in the Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods. I haven’t seen signs of this currency yet but the idea is intriguing.

“I have hopes that working toward a smaller regional economy will support our understanding of how we interact with each other, and how we use our money as communication.” -Mary Jeys

Odd, in researching bitcoin I’ve discovered my local currency.