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Really, people. Is it that hard to hit the garbage can?

This poor tree was just hanging out on 86th Street and 20th Avenue when someone decided to turn it into a personal trash bin. It was stuffed to the brim with empty water bottles and coffee cups when we visited two weeks ago.


When we checked back today, someone had generously cleaned out the tree. But either they didn’t do a very good job, or more callous jerks wandered by, because now there are  empty coffee cups all over the ground.


Then, on the same corner, there is this lovely junk-filled newspaper stand. At least the trash is free, right?


And the most ridiculous part is that there is an actual trash can 20 feet away!


What’s the deal with folks leaving trash where it doesn’t belong anyway?

Throw out your trash, people. Let’s keep the neighborhood looking pretty.

corner media logoWe’re hiring our first full-time Account Executive to help serve existing advertisers and find new ones. Please check out the job description below, and if you think you’re the right fit for our team, send an introduction email and a resume to Liena Zagare at

Account Executive at Corner Media

Corner Media is looking for an entrepreneurial, experienced, passionate, and committed account executive to help build and professionalize our growing business.

We are Brooklyn’s leading local publisher, focused on hyperlocal journalism with integrity and heart. We are a network of seven sites stretching from Sheepshead Bay to Fort Greene, with deep roots in our communities, a full-time staff, and a mission of building a sustainable model for local media. This position will report to and work closely with the Publisher.

The ideal candidate will have experience and relationships in digital advertising and marketing in Brooklyn, New York, and will genuinely believe in our mission of doing great journalism in the communities we cover. This person will sell both display advertising and sponsored content, with a focus on large local institutions and regional advertisers, and will also work to ensure that campaigns satisfy our clients and stay true to our commitment to our readers. She or he will have a track record of success, knowledge of the market, and an entrepreneurial spirit that will allow her to shape our products, build new relationships, and begin generating revenue quickly.

This job is based in Brooklyn and can work out of our office in Ditmas Park. We offer competitive compensation and commissions, as well as the satisfaction of helping to build a lasting local institution.


  • Prospect for new business, pitch advertisers, and make sales
  • Focus on larger — five- and six-figure — buys, and on shaping products around that scale
  • Create clear and compelling sales material
  • Generate and traffic insertion orders
  • Manage all aspects of relationships with clients
  • Serve as a channel for client feedback to publisher
  • Hit or exceed quarterly sales targets


  • Digital sales or marketing experience
  • Understanding of and relationships in the Brooklyn marketing community
  • Experience negotiating, structuring, and closing complex five-figure insertion orders
  • Genuine passion for hyperlocal media, and ability to explain its importance to potential clients

About Corner Media

Corner Media is founded on the belief that local news can be run as a sustainable business through careful growth, and a relationship of trust with local readers and advertisers. Corner Media offers readers unvarnished news from people who really care about their neighborhoods. Its seven sites —  Park Slope Stoop, South Slope News, Ditmas Park Corner, KensingtonBK, Fort Greene Focus, Sheepshead Bites, and Bensonhurst Bean — have deep reach into key Brooklyn neighborhoods. Corner Media provides advertisers a platform and email and social channels that connect with Brooklyn communities, and offers both sponsored content and display advertising.

Corner Media is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other classification prescribed by applicable law.


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!

"When Worlds Collide" by periwinklekog via Flickr

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!


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!

Photo Credit: renee.hawk via Flickr

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!

23rd Avenue in BENSONHURST

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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