Body found wrapped in tarp behind building

JAMAICA, Queens — Police are investigating after the body of a man was discovered behind a Queens business early Friday morning, the NYPD said.

Authorities said officers responded around 6:50 a.m. after a call for an unconscious person behind 180-08 Liberty Ave. in the Jamaica section of the borough.

According to Google Maps, the location is GWG Wheels tire-repair shop and showroom.

Responding officers discovered the unidentified, unresponsive man, lying on the ground and wrapped in a tarp, police said.

EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

According to the NYPD, the man was wearing just underwear and a T-shirt when a worker discovered him.

Police sources told PIX11 the shirt was found up around his face, but it was not clear if it was intentionally put there or moved up during a possible moving of the body.

There were no known or obvious gunshot wounds, police sources said.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death as the investigation remains ongoing, police said.

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Power outage across Upper Manhattan early Friday

MANHATTAN — New Yorkers across Upper Manhattan reported widespread power outages early Friday morning. Service seemed to return for most less than an hour later.

Multiple Con Edison customers reported losing power around 5:15 a.m., with the outages reaching from the East 60s on the Upper East Side and up into the Harlem area on Manhattan’s West Side.

Affected areas were the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights and Central Harlem.

“We are investigating a problem on our transmission system that caused three networks in Manhattan to lose their electric supply at about 5:13 a.m. this morning,” Con Ed said in a statement.

“The supply has been restored to those nteworks on the Upper West Side, Harlem and the Upper East Side,” the utility company said.

Videos from PIX11’s James Ford in Harlem showed blocks of almost total darkness in the Harlem area during the outages.

Video from PIX11 digital producer Kristine Garcia, shot near East 72nd and Third Avenue, showed much of the Upper East Side in the dark during the short-lived blackout.

Con Ed’s outage map jumped from just 67 customers in Manhattan without power at 5 a.m. to nearly 70,000 at around 5:45 a.m.

Then, around 5:45 a.m., many residents in the effected areas reported their power coming back on.

By 6:30 a.m., the number of Manhattan Con Ed customers affected by outages had dropped significantly to 551.

The outages resulted in delays across multiple Manhattan subway lines, according to the MTA.

No. 1, 2 and 3 trains have resumed regular service but with “significant delays,” while customers were advised to expect longer waits for the A, C and E trains in both directions.

N, Q and R train lines were also delayed in both directions due to the widespread loss of power.

The cause of the sudden outages is not known at this time.



Biker captures photos of couple getting married

BROOKLYN — A beautiful wedding photo has gone viral after a woman captured a couple getting married on the Brooklyn Bridge Sunday.

Nevona Friedman happened to be on the bridge and snapped a few photos. She then tweeted a photo, asking for the public for help on finding the newlyweds.

To her surprise, Friedman’s efforts helped her get in touch with the couple.

Friedman spoke to PIX11 about what made her decide to stop and take pictures. PIX11 also spoke to the couple, Nikolina Kovalenko and Stefan Ponova, about why they decided to have a small ceremony on the bridge and how they felt when they found out pictures were actually taken.



Toddler, 3 others burned from illegal fireworks

HIGHBRIDGE, the Bronx — A 3-year-old child was injured by fireworks in the Bronx as the city continues a crackdown on illegal fireworks, police said.

It happened just after midnight in the vicinity of Anderson Avenue and West 167 Street in Highbridge.

The toddler and his parents were watching illegal fireworks from their apartment window when the child was inadvertently struck by a firework, according to police.

The shell blew apart, cutting the boys left arm badly enough that he needed stitches, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said. The boy also suffered first- and second-degree burns.

Warning: Some viewers may find the following video disturbing or upsetting.

No arrests have been made.

A new multi-agency task force was established to lead a crackdown on illegal fireworks as complaints in New York City continue to skyrocket.

The task force aims to disrupt the supply chain with sting operations targeting suppliers, distributors and possessors of “large quantities” of illegal fireworks, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

New Yorkers filed 11,535 complaints with 311 about illegal fireworks between Jan. 1 and June 21, according to the NYPD.

Anyone who hears fireworks outside their home should call 311 unless there is a real danger to someone’s life, the mayor said.