Ben Fractenberg

Reporter/Producer @fractenberg bfractenberg@dnainfo.com

Ben Fractenberg is a general assignment reporter for DNAinfo.

Ben left a career in the nonprofit world in 2008 to join the lucrative field of news reporting. After attending the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Ben joined the ranks of DNAinfo, quickly establishing himself as a crime and breaking news reporter.

Ben’s nonprofit work included working for Public Allies, where he helped develop young leaders for a career in public service, and at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, where he ensured fair representations of the LGBT community in the media.

When not immersed in the media world, Ben loves to spend his time exploring New York City. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with his girlfriend, who mostly puts up with his addictions to the news and to arcane music trivia.

Fun Fact: Ben’s first car was a bright orange 1978 Dodge Omni. Needless to say, this did not improve his situation with the ladies in high school.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

July 2, 2015

'Prehistoric' Looking Sturgeon Washes up on Red Hook Rocks

The six-foot fish was spotted by shoppers behind Fairway Market. 

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

July 2, 2015

Flag Burners and 'Pro-American' Protesters Square Off in Fort Greene Park

Dozens of "pro-American" protesters showed up at a flag-burning demonstration Wednesday night.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

July 1, 2015

Brooklyn Manhole Fires Trigger Delays on F and G Trains, MTA Says

F and G train service was disrupted in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon, the MTA said. 

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

July 1, 2015

Anti-Semitic Word in Ad Is Man's Last Name, Not Intended as a Slur

The person who answered the phone number listed on the flier said his last name is spelled "Kike."

Astoria & Long Island City »

June 30, 2015

Former Queens NYPD Officer Convicted of Soliciting Prostitutes, DA Says

Luis Gutierrez tried to solicit two undercover detectives in a Wendy's parking lot in 2013. 

Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

June 29, 2015

Rabbi Struck and Killed Crossing Street in Crown Heights, Officials Say

Rabbi Yekutiel Rapp, 66, was taken to the hospital in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead, police said.

Washington Heights & Inwood »

June 29, 2015

Driver Arrested After Passenger Killed in Washington Heights Crash: Police

The driver allegedly ran several red lights on Amsterdam Avenue when she hit a car on West 157th Street.

Midtown & Theater District »

June 29, 2015

Food Trucks Spice Up Summer Eating in the City

Food trucks dished out maple syrup-infused treats, grilled cheese and Hungarian pizza on Fordham Road.