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Founder Ned Berke

It is with great excitement that I announce Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean have been acquired by Corner Media, a fellow independent publisher of community news.

This is terrific news for our readers and business partners, as it gives us access to a greater network of resources. This deal enables us to provide deeper and broader coverage of our communities, experiment more with our reporting and technology, and offer our business partners greater reach. As associate publisher and senior editor, I will be working with Corner Media Publisher Liena Zagare and Managing Editor Mary Bakija to increase coverage of civic importance throughout the network and to develop new ways to pay for that coverage.

Corner Media’s team has been in this game just a tad longer than I have. With roots dating back to 2007, Liena & Co. operate the highly engaging Ditmas Park Corner, Park Slope Stoop, Fort Greene Focus, KensingtonBK and South Slope News.

Liena and I have been friends for years, and after putting our heads together over the past few months we came to believe it was a natural, necessary and exciting evolution of both of our networks. Having launched community news sites at similar times, and with like-minded focuses on our neighbors and businesses, we’ve long been an influence on one another. Liena and I share deep commitments to our communities and a passion for nurturing and supporting our mom-and-pop establishments, and it simply made sense to pursue these goals together.

I began this journey into community news publishing more than six years ago. It has, without a doubt, been the most rewarding experience of my life, in which I’ve been able to give back to the community where I was born and raised. I’ve made many friends from our ever-growing pool of readers, sources and business partners, and have been humbled to hear from so many of you about how our stories have helped you, sometimes in the most trying hours. I thank you for that. Many of you have made Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean a part of your daily lives, and I am eternally grateful for your support thus far.

It is with that in mind that I embark on this new leg of that journey. There have been other potential suitors over the years that I have turned down, and I did so because I felt they may not have the same sensitivity for our readers, our vision and our community. But I know that with Liena, Mary and the rest of the Corner Media team, I could not have found better partners with which to share the reins.

You will likely see a number of changes over the coming months. A long overdue (and mobile-friendly) design is in the works. We’re already kicking around ideas for new regular features. We’ll be introducing a number of new local writers on these pages. For our business partners, a host of innovative marketing opportunities across Brooklyn will become available. It’s going to be a great and exciting time in the history of Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean, and we’re energized over all the possibilities on the horizon.

I look forward to your continued support, and, as always, welcome hearing from you as we move forward.

Kind regards,

Ned Berke
Founder, Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean

P.S. - For those interested in keeping tabs on me personally, or about how the sausage is made, follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. In the near future I’ll be posting there about the transition, my personal reflections/rants, and my thoughts on the online news publishing industry.

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The team here at Bensonhurst Bean wishes you a terrific 2014!

Have happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, and thank you for all your support in 2013. See you January 2!

The team at Bensonhurst Bean wishes all of our readers a Merry Christmas.

The greatest gift of all is getting to serve you, our readers and the community, all year long, and we hope we all share in a happy, healthy and prosperous year to come.

While we do love bringing you news, information and commentary from around the neighborhood, even we need a break. So we’re taking Christmas Day off, and will be back on Thursday with our stomachs filled and our minds cleared.

Have a great holiday!

Happy Holidays!


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With Passover beginning tonight at sundown, and Easter this Sunday, all of us here at Bensonhurst Bean want to wish our readers a happy and safe holiday weekend!

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Just a reminder – Bensonhurst Kitchen will be returning from its two week hiatus next Friday. Until then, feel free to check out a few of Colleen’s classics.

The Next Couple Of Days


Due to a sudden family emergency, I will probably not be posting for the next couple of days. Please continue to stay tuned to the Bean for breaking news, or a possible post or two from our team.

See You Tomorrow!


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We wish all of our readers an enjoyable extended New Year’s weekend. Whether you had to work or not, we hope you were able to share some time with family and friends.

We’ll be back to our regular posting schedule tomorrow.

Merry Christmas!


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The entire Bensonhurst Bean team wishes all of our readers a happy and safe Christmas day.

We’ll have a light posting schedule over the next week, so feel free to keep checking in with us for new articles.

Furthermore, if you happen to hear of any breaking news, please e-mail us at jteutonico[at]bensonhurstbean[dot]com.

Merry Christmas!

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Are you one of those people who invest hours or even days into your Christmas lights? Or maybe you prefer to just to take pretty pictures of your neighbor’s decorations?

Either way, Bensonhurst Bean has a sure fire way to share your work with family, friends and strangers from around the globe.

Just send in your photos of holiday lights displays from places like Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, West Gravesend or Bay Ridge and we’ll do the rest.

People travel from all over the world to see our lights, so there’s no reason we can’t outshine a certain other blog that’s doing the same thing.

Please e-mail your photos with “Holiday Lights” in the subject line to jteutonico [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

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My apologies for not posting anything yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to a working Internet connection for most of the day.

Fortunately, you were left in good hands. Our editor, publisher and all around fixer of problems here at the Bean, Ned Berke pitched in to make sure we had a couple of stories up. A big thanks to Ned and also to you, the readers, for putting up with our sh… shenanigans, yeah.

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