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.
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.
Ridgewood is changing, but the historic stability of the neighborhood makes it different from most communities in the city that are gentrifying, said Henry Cross, a Ridgewood resident and community activist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.