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In 2013, nearly 700,000 people visited Sheepshead Bites more than two million times. We published 1,861 new articles about Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding communities, growing the total archive of this blog to 7,359 posts. You, our readers, submitted somewhere in the vicinity of 45,000 comments.

All I have to say is thank you. Thank you for another terrific year of building the Sheepshead Bites community.

When I started Sheepshead Bites as a hobby nearly six years ago, I never expected it to grow to this size. Fueled by your tips, comments and notes of support, we’ve become the largest repository of online information about Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods.

A much deserved thank you goes out to our business supporters, too. Local institutions like il Fornetto Restaurant and Fillmore Real Estate have provided tremendous support that allows us to do what we do, all day, every (week)day. So make sure to stop by and say thank you to the various businesses you see advertising on this site, because they do it not just to promote themselves, but because they recognize the important role that online news plays in our community.

Thank you as well to the small army of people who help out Sheepshead Bites – writing, reporting, submitting tips and photos and so much more. There are too many to name, but you know who you are, and I cannot express my gratitude enough.

This year has been a very tough one – for us, for you, for the local businesses – as we all continue to rebound from Superstorm Sandy. But to see our neighbors plod along – especially our local businesses – and double down their investment in our community not only gives me hope, but inspiration.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. We’ll see you January 2!

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  • Eric Suffin

    Ned,
    Having lived in New York my entire life, having moved to Brighton Beach two years ago, and having moved my law firm of Brighton Beach recently after about five years of law in Manhattan, I look forward to forming a partnership with Sheepshead Bites in 2014 where I can advertise and market my law firm’s services to a truly local website. Serving the people of Southern Brooklyn could prove very rewarding to me after many years in Nassau County and Manhattan and a great vacation in Israel. Happy new year.

  • RFernandez

    Don’t forget our friends over at Infinite Auto Leasing. They’ve been supporting the site for many, many years.

  • randyice

    as a devout reader of the site. i tell everyone i can about it… always on point and fast with the news…

    as a photographer, i love sending in my shots for you guys.

    and hopefully this year i can get some advertising in also!

  • MrArtTuro

    I’d like to congratulate the staff of Sheepshead Bites. Your success can be attributed to the quality of this excellent endeavor. Thank you and keep up the good work! See you @ Taste of Sheepshead Bay event.