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‘The Blacklist’ films in Glendale

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Photo by Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Glendale is making a television cameo yet again, as another series films in the community.

The acclaimed NBC series “The Blacklist,” starring James Spader, filmed three scenes on Cooper Avenue on Monday.

The first two scenes took place near Cooper Avenue between 83rd Street and 80th Street between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The third scene was filming at 82-10 Cooper Ave. from 2 to 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, the production company will be filming a controlled vehicle explosion between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the vicinity of Cooper Avenue and 74th Street.


Manhole explosions rock Forest Hills block

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THE COURIER/Photo by Allen Epstein

Updated Monday, April 20, 9:20 a.m.

Residents on a Forest Hills block lost power much of Saturday after a pair of manholes exploded.

Reportedly, the fiery wake-up call occurred at about 6:30 a.m. along 69th Avenue off Metropolitan Avenue.

No injuries were reported, but two parked vehicles were damaged as flames shot through nearby manholes. Firefighters quickly responded to bring the fires under control.

According to Con Edison, two customers remained without power as of noon Saturday. Service was fully restored later in the day.

An investigation into the blasts is ongoing.


Second body found at East Village explosion site ID’d as Elmhurst man

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The second body found in the debris days after last week’s East Village explosion has been identified as an Elmhurst man who worked in a Sushi restaurant at the location, according to published reports.

The medical examiner’s office positively identified the victim, using DNA analysis, as 27-year-old Moises Ismael Locón Yac, who reportedly lived in Elmhurst with his cousin.

Locón, a Guatemalan immigrant, was working as a busboy at Sushi Park, located on the ground floor of the building at 121 Second Ave., when the explosion occurred on March 26.

The explosion and following fire left 22 people injured, three apartment buildings destroyed and two men missing — Locón and 23-year-old East Harlem resident Nicholas Figueroa.

Authorities discovered two bodies on Sunday, the first about 20 feet from the entrance of Sushi Park and the other 20 feet back from the first, according to FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro.

Photo by Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office

Photo by Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office

Family members of Figueroa identified one of the bodies as their loved one and the second body had to wait for DNA testing to confirm if it was Locón.

Locón, who comes from a family of nine in Guatemala, was working to save money and return to his home country to reunite with his girlfriend, media reports said.

His family plans to bury him in Guatemala, according to NBC New York.

An investigation to determine the cause of the explosion is still ongoing.


Body pulled from East Village explosion site believed to be Queens man

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The family of Moises Ismael Locón Yac, a Guatemalan immigrant and hard-working busboy from Queens, remains in limbo as they await word confirming the identity of one of two bodies found Sunday in the remaining rubble of last week’s East Village explosion.

Locón, who according to published reports lived in Elmhurst with his cousin, was working at the restaurant Sushi Park, which was located on the ground floor of the building at 121 Second Ave. when the explosion occurred Thursday afternoon.

The blast and ensuing fire left 22 people injured, three apartment buildings destroyed and two men missing – 27-year-old Locón and 23-year-old East Harlem resident Nicholas Figueroa.

“I have a pain in my heart – for him and for the other families who don’t know where their loved ones are,” Pablo Yac, Locón’s cousin, told The New York Times the day after the explosion.

Moises Ismael Locón Yac

Moises Ismael Locón Yac

On Sunday, authorities discovered two bodies, the first about 20 feet from the entrance of Sushi Park and the other 20 feet back from the first, according to FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro.

Relatives of Figueroa, who reportedly was at Sushi Park on a lunch date, identified one of the bodies to be that of the recent college graduate.

The second body, which investigators reportedly believe to be that of Locón, would need to be identified using DNA testing, which could take about a week.

“We are sad. Very, very sad. We don’t know yet if that’s him. I just want to know right now,” Alfredo, one of Locón’s brothers, told the New York Post at the family home in Elmhurst on Sunday.

Locón, who comes from a family of nine in Guatemala, was working to save money and return to his home country to reunite with his girlfriend, according to published reports.

Locón’s family plans to bury him in Guatemala pending DNA results, according to NBC New York.

Although the investigation is still ongoing to find out the cause of the March 26 explosion, reports have said that authorities suspect it could have been a gas line illegally tapped in the basement of the Second Avenue building.

Photo via Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice

Photo via Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice


70-year-old dies in possible Kew Gardens explosion

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Updated, Tuesday, January 7, 3:10 p.m.

A man died Monday night in a possible explosion in Kew Gardens that he set off himself, officials and sources said.

Authorities, responding to a report of an explosion, found 70-year-old Alfred Mayo inside of 82-72 Austin St. about 6:30 p.m.with serious injuries to his head and torso, the FDNY and police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, the NYPD said.

Mayo’s death appears to be a suicide after he was killed exploding some kind of pyrotechnic device, a police source said.

The investigation is ongoing and autopsy results are pending, officials said.






Queens Morning Roundup

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Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South wind 6 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Cowboys & Aliens at Rockaway Beach

Enjoy films, sand, waves and salty air at the same time in Rockaway Beach. The free movie starts at sundown (approx. 9 p.m.). Click here for more info or submit an event of your own

Prosecutors decline to prosecute cop accused of assaulting a Queens Supreme Court Justice

Prosecutors said Wednesday they will not charge a cop accused of assaulting a Queens Supreme Court Justice during a homeless man’s arrest in Jackson Heights. Justice Thomas Raffaele, 69, says he was hit with a chop to the throat in June by an officer who thought he was part of a rowdy crowd and that a police sergeant then refused to take his complaint. Read more: Daily News

Mets shut Santana down with back inflammationJohan Santana can start contemplating 2013

The Mets left-hander is not expected to pitch again this season, after the team on Wednesday placed him on the disabled list with an inflammation of the lower back. The decision to shut down Santana came after Mets brass received the results of an MRI exam taken on Tuesday. Read more: NY Post

Obama fundraises with help of his NBA friends

President Barack Obama is comparing the presidential contest to the fourth quarter of a basketball game. Obama is fundraising in New York with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars. He tells a small group of donors gathered at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the campaign is like a hoops contest in the final minutes. Read more: NY Post

Explosive firsthand account on raid that killed Osama bin Laden coming from member of Navy SEAL team

A member of the U.S. Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden has written a firsthand account of the operation, triggering more questions about the possible public release of classified information involving the historic assault of the terror leader’s compound in Pakistan. Read more: Daily News

LL Cool J takes down burglar in his LA home

LL Cool J put his “NCIS: Los Angeles” training to good use against a burglar in his L.A. home early Wednesday morning. The 42-year-old rapper turned TV military cop left the would be robber with a broken nose and jaw in what police sources described to the LA Times as a”knock-down, drag-out” fight and detained him for police. Read more: Daily News

Two errors cited as cause for Second Ave. subway explosion

The mid-day explosion along the Second Avenue Subway zone might have been caused by two serious errors by the contractor, the MTA said today. Officials said that the blast appeared to be the result of too much explosives in one area. Read more: NY Post

Year after Irene, Rockaway Beach repairs press on

Efforts to repair some of the damage from Hurricane Irene are still under way nearly a year later, including the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report. Workers were out on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk Wednesday repairing a portion damaged almost a year ago, and has some residents wondering why it’s been taking so long. Read more: NY1

This Morning’s Headlines

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Queens jurors lead city in no-shows

Looks like Queens needs a boroughwide civics class. More than one-third, or 35 percent, of Queens residents ignore their jury-duty notices — the highest in the five boroughs. “We’re dealing with thousands of people, and we just don’t have the staff,” said Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, who acts as the commissioner of jurors. In fact, Pheffer, a former assemblywoman, said the office stopped bothering to impose fines as it upgrades its jury-selection system. Read More: New York Post

Queens deli destroyed by early morning fire, explosion

A Queens deli was destroyed by an overnight fire — and an explosion at the store could be felt two blocks away. The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. at the corner of Hempstead Avenue and 220th Street. Firefighters used ladder trucks to spray the building, as the fire was too strong to fight from the inside. The business, Deli Grocery & Grill, is relatively new — only about two months old. No injuries were reported, and there’s no word on the cause of the fire. Read More: New York Post


Deliberations To Begin This Week In Queens Terror Trial

A jury could start deliberations as early as Monday in the case of a Queens man accused of plotting to blow up the city’s subways. Adis Medunjanin is accused of conspiring with admitted terrorist Najibullah Zazi to detonate suicide bombs on Manhattan subway lines in 2009. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against the United States and receiving terrorist training from al-Qaida. Medunjanin faces life in prison if convicted on conspiracy and terror charges. Read More: NY1


Hundreds Of Union Job Applicants Camp Out In Woodside

Hundreds of applicants vying for a job with the ironworkers’ union waited outside the union’s office in Woodside, Queens for nearly a week, leaving some neighbors upset about the camp-out. Read More: NY1

Historic Forest Park Greenhouse gets $3.8 million upgrade, replacing century-old structures with high-tech ones

The historic Forest Park Greenhouse, which grows plants and flowers that liven up concrete stretches in Queens and Brooklyn, is moving beyond its early 20th century roots. A section of the greenhouse has just undergone a $3.8 million reconstruction that will increase its capacity and make it more environmentally-friendly. The first stage of the renovation focused on two of the houses that were built in 1905 and designed by greenhouse experts of the time, Lord and Burnham. Read More: Daily News


1 WTC to vault past Empire State Building today and become tallest tower in city

ONE WORLD Trade Center is set to eclipse the Empire State Building as New York’s tallest building Monday afternoon, officials said. As long as the weather cooperates, the tower will surpass the 1,250-foot Empire State Building at 2 p.m. on its way to a final height of 1,776 feet. “It’s wonderful,” Mayor Bloomberg said Sunday. “It’s taken a long time. This is probably the most complex construction site in any place ever. I think what we’ve shown is that democracy works.” Read More: Daily News

Explosion kills man in his home

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A man described as emotionally disturbed was killed in an at-home explosion in South Ozone Park.

Police found 50-year-old Theodore Ellinghaus unconscious in his 111th Avenue home on Monday, January 23 at around 9:30 a.m.

According to Kenneth Zorn, Community Affairs officer for the 106th Precinct, police found no other explosives and could not identify the exact type of explosive detonated. However, several published reports say the blast came from fireworks, which reportedly tore through the victim’s fingers and ripped through his stomach.

Zorn said officers then evacuated the immediate area — including Ellinghaus’ home and the entire block in each direction — until the NYPD’s Bomb Squad and Arson & Explosion Squad arrived.

Though bomb squad officials determined that Ellinghaus had no terrorist ties, it is still not clear whether or not he was trying to commit suicide or harm others.

There were no other reported injuries.