Founded in May 2008, Sheepshead Bites is a local news outlet chronicling the daily experiences of living in Brooklyn’s best neighborhood, Sheepshead Bay. Part community bulletin board, part newspaper – Sheepshead Bites brings you stories about breaking news, meeting coverage, events, businesses and history. We report on your block and every block around you. We tell you about transportation and development issues, as well as the best restaurants to visit, unique stores and upcoming events.
In short, we rock your hyperlocal news world.
As of July 2014, Sheepshead Bites is owned by Corner Media, Inc., a leading publisher of online community news in Brooklyn.
Who We Are
Ned Berke is the Senior Editor and Associate Publisher of Corner Media. He is a lifelong Sheepshead Bay resident. A Rutgers University alum, he has worked in community press, trade publications and international/travel reporting before launching Sheepshead Bites in 2008 and Bensonhurst Bean in 2011. His work has won accolades from New York City news outlets, including being named Best Local Blog in 2010 (The L Magazine) and Best Local Affairs Website in 2011 (CBS), and Ned has been named one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars (2012) in New York City by City & State, a leading outlet for politics and media. (E-mail)
Rachel Silberstein is the editor of Bensonhurst Bean and associate editor of Sheepshead Bites. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, The New York Times, Feet In Two Worlds, Tablet Magazine, and elsewhere on the web. She lives in Bensonhurst with her son and guinea pig. Rachel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Bakija is the Managing Editor of Corner Media, overseeing content of a network of neighborhood news sites that currently includes Ditmas Park Corner, Park Slope Stoop, South Slope News, Kensington BK, Fort Greene Focus, Sheepshead Bites, Bensonhurst Bean. Mary was previously the editor of the Ditmas Park Corner and the Ditmas Park Blog. You can reach her at Mary@cornernewsmedia.com or 347-748-1921.
Liena Zagare is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Corner Media, a network of 7 neighborhood news sites in Brooklyn. Liena has 8 years of experience bringing neighbors news they care about, and helping local businesses succeed.
When you’d like to advertise on any of our sites (Ditmas Park Corner, Park Slope Stoop, South Slope News, Kensington BK, Fort Greene Focus, Sheepshead Bites, Bensonhurst Bean), please reach out to her at Liena@cornernewsmedia.com .
Amber Ceffalio (associate publisher) takes pictures around the city for her blog Sidewalk Photos. She also writes about the ethical dilemmas of American Sign Language interpreters, and occasionally writes about parenting and more for various websites. Amber can be reached at Amber@cornernewsmedia.com.
Sheepshead Bites was named “Best Local Blogger” in L Magazine’s 2010 “Best of Brooklyn and Manhattan” roundup. They praised us for our “endlessly fascinating” reportage of the under-served Sheepshead Bay neighborhood. In 2011, Sheepshead Bites was named by the editors of CBS News as Most Valuable Blog for Local Affairs. In 2012, our publisher, Ned Berke, was included in the prestigious City & State “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” list of noteworthy media and political figures to watch.
Corner Media, Inc, is a member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Local Independent Online News Publishers Association.
We encourage and appreciate comments from our neighbors and readers on our stories. However, those comments must contribute to a neighborly conversation, and in general they cannot be abusive, contain personal attacks, be inflammatory, or be overly profane. We reserve the right to make the decisions about which comments violate these ground rules, and will moderate the comments at our discretion.