Ben Fractenberg

Reporter/Producer @fractenberg

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.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

April 24, 2014

This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands

EMA, Pet Shop Boys and The Horrors are all playing New York April 24-30. 

Borough Park & Midwood »

April 23, 2014

VIDEO: Man Throws Molotov Cocktail into Bodega, Burning Worker, Police Say

The man allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail into a Borough Park market early Wednesday. 

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

April 23, 2014

Brother-in-Law of Prince Charles Dies in Gramercy Sidewalk Fall

Mark Shand suffered a head injury after falling on pavement early Wednesday. 

Astoria & Long Island City »

April 23, 2014

Q Train to Run Local Overnight, Cutting Wait Times in Half, MTA Says

Trains will make all local stops between midnight and 6:30 a.m. starting in December. 

Downtown »

April 23, 2014

NYPD Says Twitter Campaign That Backfired Provides 'Open Forum'

The NYPD started the hashtag #myNYPD, which was quickly hijacked to post negative pictures of police.

The Rockaways »

April 21, 2014

Officials Probe 8-Minute Delay in Response to Fire that Killed Siblings

Jai'Launi  Tinglin  and  Aniya  Tinglin were killed in the Far Rockaway fire just before Easter Sunday.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

April 18, 2014

Owner Fatally Shot in His Bushwick Bodega, NYPD Says

Swadh Maged, who had 13 children in Yemen, was killed inside a bodega he co-owned, friends said.

Ditmas Park & Flatbush »

April 17, 2014

Police Identify Person of Interest in Shooting of 13-Year-Old

Police want to question Kareem Potomont, 21, about the shooting of an innocent teen in Flatbush.