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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am

Lights, camera, Howard Beach

The Cross Bay Diner played host to customers of a different kind this week.

The FX drama “The Americans” filmed at the Howard Beach eatery on Monday.

The show, which debuted in January, is set in the early 1980s near the end of the Cold War and is the story of two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American couple in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where they struggle to keep their cover under the gaze of their neighbor, an FBI counter-intelligence agent. It stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as the couple and Noah Emmerich as the agent.

Although the media were not permitted on the “closed set,” an FX spokeswoman confirmed that Rhys was in the scene that was filmed in the diner.

The spokeswoman said that this would be the second episode of the new season which will air in early 2014.

South Queens has played host to several film shoots recently, including scenes shot in Forest Park for the show “Boardwalk Empire”; and the films “Tower Heist” and “The Sitter,” the former of which filmed a scene at Woodhaven’s Neir’s Tavern.

— Stephen Geffon

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