As Queens grows, so does the number of building fires in 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Riyad Hasan

The number of structural fires in Queens surged last year by 7.7 percent, well above the average increase for the entire city, as firefighters responded to reports of 5,170 burning buildings in 2014, new statistics compiled by the Uniformed Firefighters Association show.

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Tech-based laundry, dry cleaning company to expand services into Queens


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Images courtesy of WashClub NYC

WashClub NYC, a tech-based laundry and dry cleaning company offering on-demand pickup and delivery, has announced it plans to make its way to Queens within the first few months of 2015.

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New bills proposed by state Sen. Avella would address abandoned homes


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The Zombie Property Act would force lenders to maintain abandoned homes in New York and the act is part of a series of bills that are part of the policy agenda for Avella and his cohort of the Independent Democratic Conference. The group unveiled their 15-point agenda Invest New York earlier this week and one of the bills seeks to ease the burden abandoned homes could have on neighborhoods.

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Ridgewood rents skyrocketing since end of recession


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Charts and photos courtesy of StreetEasy.com

Rents in Ridgewood last year nearly doubled since 2009, according to data compiled by real estate website StreetEasy.com at the request of The Courier, as more luxury rental buildings moved down the L and M train lines from Bushwick and Williamsburg.

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Pre-K to replace coin arcade game warehouse in Richmond Hill


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Kalmon Dolgin Associates

The School Construction Authority signed a 10-year lease for a one-story Richmond Hill building and plans to create space for a pre-kindergarten at the site, which was formerly a warehouse for arcade vending machine supplier Bay Coin Distributors.

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Ridgewood magician competes on ‘Worst Cooks in America’


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Food Network

Michael “Six” Muldoon, 26, is a contestant on “Worst Cooks in America,” which kicked off its sixth season on Jan. 4. The show takes 14 abysmal home cooks and divides them into two teams — one led by returning Chef Anne Burrell and the second by first-time opponent Chef Tyler Florence.

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Funeral, wake for fallen NYPD officer held in Glendale as the world watched


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

The eyes of the nation were on Glendale this weekend as its streets were lined with more than 20,000 police officers in uniform for the wake and funeral of slain police officer Rafael Ramos, who was gunned down with his partner while on duty in Brooklyn on Dec. 20.

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Glendale man arrested after allegedly talking about killing cops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A Glendale man has been arrested on weapons charges after he was overheard saying that the officers murdered in last weekend’s shooting should have been white and he wanted to kill cops, authorities said.

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Wake and funeral for slain cop in Glendale to shut down local streets


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photo by Dominick Totino Photography

Glendale will become a sea of blue on Friday and Saturday when more than 10,000 police officers are expected to attend the wake and funeral service for slain Officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on Myrtle Avenue.

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Councilwoman steers $5.7M in city funding to upgrade Frank Principe Park in Maspeth


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The baseball fields are plagued with drainage issues and the track is nothing more than a slab of asphalt. But that will soon change due to funding allocated to Frank Principe Park by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

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