Long Island and New York City's top photos

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From the picturesque scenes of Long Island to the iconic sights of New York City, Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of the region. Here are some of the most compelling photos.

Children watch as the Town of North Hempstead
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Children watch as the Town of North Hempstead released 15 of its quails into the wild Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Hempstead Harbor Trail in Port Washington. The town is using the birds to combat an expected surge in ticks this summer.

Darla, a Maltese/Pomeranian from Kings Park, takes in
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Darla, a Maltese/Pomeranian from Kings Park, takes in the sun with her human Dyanna Walters by the waters of Stony Brook Harbor on Wednesday afternoon, July 26, 2017.

Demonstrators gather in Times Square on Wednesday, July
(Credit: Jeff Bachner)

Demonstrators gather in Times Square on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people in the U.S. military.

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Attendees display signs during the MTA board meeting
(Credit: Jeff Bachner)

Attendees display signs during the MTA board meeting and public hearing at MTA headquarters in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Peekaboo! This African spurred tortoise was found wandering
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Peekaboo! This African spurred tortoise was found wandering a Massapequa street on Wednesday, July 26. 2017. The 77-pound male was checked by Massapequa Pet Vet, which reported he is in good health.

Dr. Ned Horowitz, left, and assistant Will Tammaro
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Dr. Ned Horowitz, left, and assistant Will Tammaro of Massapequa Pet Vet examined this African spurred tortoise, which was found wandering a Massapequa street on Wednesday, July 26. 2017. The 77-pound male reptile was reportedly in good health.

Raindrops grace the petals of a hibiscus flower
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Raindrops grace the petals of a hibiscus flower in Centereach on Monday, July 24, 2017.

Ruthann Bellacicco, left, and Bunny Chickery, both of
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Ruthann Bellacicco, left, and Bunny Chickery, both of Poughkeepsie, bundle up during a their visit to Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk as daytime temperatures hovered around the high 60s on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

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Michael Altoen, 3, of Manorville, feeds a baby
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Michael Altoen, 3, of Manorville, feeds a baby goat dressed in pajamas at the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville on Saturday, July 22, 2017. The event -- PJs in the Park - Pajama Party with our Kid Goats -- allowed children to get up close and personal with the animals.

Students run track as part of the Suffolk
(Credit: James Carbone)

Students run track as part of the Suffolk County Youth Academy at the Suffolk County Police Academy in Brentwood on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as they run track. The five-day program gives teens interested in law enforcement a sampling of what it takes to become a police officer.

Noah Berrios, 11,left, and Ryan Moore, 12, work
(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Noah Berrios, 11,left, and Ryan Moore, 12, work on robotics during a session in Lynbrook school district's Summer STEAM Academy on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The program introduces students in grades 6-9 to science, technology, engineering, art and math through hands-on exploration. In addition to robotics, students learn video game design, 3-D art design and bridge-building.

Firefighters work to remove a person from an
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Firefighters work to remove a person from an overturned car on Washington Avenue in Oceanside on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Children go for a swing at the Long
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Children go for a swing at the Long Beach boardwalk playground despite the cloudy day on Monday, July 24, 2017.

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Logan Ryan, 20, of Setauket, tries his luck
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Logan Ryan, 20, of Setauket, tries his luck fishing in Melville Mill Pond at Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket on Monday, July 24, 2017.

Shoppers brave the cooler temperatures and rainy weather
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Shoppers brave the cooler temperatures and rainy weather as they walk along Love Lane in Mattituck on Monday, July 24, 2017.

Veteran multi-instrumentalist Premik Russell Tubbs, far left, and
(Credit: James Escher)

Veteran multi-instrumentalist Premik Russell Tubbs, far left, and trumpet player Reggie Pittman, far right, jam with local musicians during the third annual Coltrane Music Festival at Hecksher Park in Huntington on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Playing alongside them are, Natalie Barbieri of East Northport on alto saxophone, Sarah Turkiew of Bethpage on baritone saxophone and George Ariza of Island Park on alto saxophone.

Laila Armstrong, of Oceanside, cools off in the
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Laila Armstrong, of Oceanside, cools off in the sprinkler park at Eisenhower Park on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in East Meadow.

Valet parking attendants Tom Crescenzo, 21, of Commack,
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Valet parking attendants Tom Crescenzo, 21, of Commack, Marisa Pagan, 20, of Port Jefferson Station, Andrew Desmond, 17, of Mastic, and Chris Arens, 21, of Commack, at a Port Jefferson parking lot on Wynn Lane, Friday, July 21, 2017. Port Jefferson has instituted a new valet parking system to help deal with the village's chronic parking shortage.

Annie McGriff-Hamilton and Laquana Walker of Freeport, Nicole
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Annie McGriff-Hamilton and Laquana Walker of Freeport, Nicole Redd of Roosevelt, and Stephanie Draine of Hempstead, hold hands in prayer at the end of Hempstead's Life After Loss support group on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Kennedy Park in Hempstead.

Zuzanna, 3, and Mariusz Chwialkowski of Ridgewood, Queens,
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Zuzanna, 3, and Mariusz Chwialkowski of Ridgewood, Queens, cool off in Lake Ronkonkoma on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Mary Melendez holds a photo of her lost
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Mary Melendez holds a photo of her lost bridesmaid dresses on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Garden City.

Jessica Lampert, left, of Commack, with her newborn
(Credit: James Carbone)

Jessica Lampert, left, of Commack, with her newborn baby girl Blake Kay, along with her daughter Avery, 3, at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip as she's joined by her sister Kristin Cronin, of Babylon, with her new baby boy Justin Paul, as she's joined by her other son Thomas, 3, on July 20, 2017.

Lulu Bertinatti, 7, visiting from Orlando, Florida, splashes
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Lulu Bertinatti, 7, visiting from Orlando, Florida, splashes with family and friends at Christopher Morley Park pool in Roslyn Heights, Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Participants applaud the soldier riders as they begin
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Participants applaud the soldier riders as they begin to ride down Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst during the 10th annual Town of Babylon Soldier Ride, Friday, July 21, 2017.

Construction worker Darwin Perez, of Central Islip takes
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Construction worker Darwin Perez, of Central Islip takes a drink of water at a road construction site in Nesconset, July 20, 2017.

Construction worker Steve Klaus of Freeport, wipes away
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Construction worker Steve Klaus of Freeport, wipes away sweat at a road construction site in Nesconset, July 20, 2017.

Uniondale High School-€
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Uniondale High School-€"s show choir "Rhythm of the Knight", will be performing alongside chart topping rock band Foreigner at Jones Beach, rehearse at Uniondale High School on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Uniondale.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene where a
(Credit: James Carbone)

Emergency personnel respond to the scene where a car went into a house at 27 Elwood Rd in Centereach on July 21, 2017. No serious injuries were reported.

Wyatt Wellenreuther, 2, of Nesconset, waves to his
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Wyatt Wellenreuther, 2, of Nesconset, waves to his father John, a Nassau County cop riding the event, while with his mother Carisa, to ride down Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst during the 10th annual Town of Babylon Soldier Ride, Friday, July 21, 2017.

Pilot James O'Donnell of Northport safely landed his
(Credit: James Carbone)

Pilot James O'Donnell of Northport safely landed his single-engine Cessna on the Sunrise Highway near Exit 57 in North Bellport on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, after experiencing an unknown "mechanical issue," Suffolk police said. O'Donnell, who was the only person on board, was not injured.

With the Robert Moses Bridge in the background,
(Credit: Ed Betz)

With the Robert Moses Bridge in the background, a windsurfer stays cool in the Great South Bay near East Islip on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

A woman uses a parasol to fend off
(Credit: Jeff Bachner)

A woman uses a parasol to fend off the sun's rays as she crosses the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, when the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for New York City.

Charles Saavedra, 7, dips his feet in the
(Credit: Jeff Bachner)

Charles Saavedra, 7, dips his feet in the fountain at City Hall Park on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Luisa Diaz poses with a Miss Piggy puppet
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Luisa Diaz poses with a Miss Piggy puppet from 1984 at the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Students at Eastern Suffolk BOCES groom Oliver, a
(Credit: James Carbone)

Students at Eastern Suffolk BOCES groom Oliver, a golden retriever, at the Bixhorn Technical Center in Bellport on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Students attended basic pet care and training at the school's summer program.

Grace Okon, 13, a student at Eastern Suffolk
(Credit: James Carbone)

Grace Okon, 13, a student at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, brushes her dog Lucy's teeth at the Bixhorn Technical Center in Bellport on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Students attended basic pet care and training at the school's summer program.

Junior lifeguards Trey Sofield, left, of Long Beach
(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Junior lifeguards Trey Sofield, left, of Long Beach and Dylan Macejko of Ronkonkoma appear undeterred by high temperatures as they compete at Jones Beach on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Anthony Patti, 13, of Merrick attempts to score
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Anthony Patti, 13, of Merrick attempts to score on Erin Ye, 12, of Huntington during a Quidditch tournament held at the USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts in Wheatly Heights on Monday, July 17, 2017. Quidditch is a team sport that has been adapted from the fictional world of the "Harry Potter" series.

Eric Powers, a biologist from Smithtown, holds a
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Eric Powers, a biologist from Smithtown, holds a quail in a pen on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Caleb Smith State Park in Smithtown, where he has been raising a bevy of the tick-eating game birds for the Town of North Hempstead. Now that the quail have matured, North Hempstead will release three dozen of them next week as an eco-friendly way of combating an abnormally high tick population expected this summer.

No one was injured when a large tree
(Credit: James Carbone)

No one was injured when a large tree fell, blocking a portion of Hudson Avenue in Lake Grove about 10:15 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017. But this worker is left to figure out the best and safest way to clear the tree from the road -- and its branches away from utility lines.

Rod Stewart performs at Northwell Health at Jones
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Rod Stewart performs at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

From left, Jonathan Keyes of the Suffolk County
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

From left, Jonathan Keyes of the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Tate's Bake Shop founder Kathleen King bike through Southampton Village on Monday, July 10, 2017. Bellone and Schneiderman highlighted the benefits of a proposed county bike-sharing program.

Keira Wille, left, and Hannah Murray, both 9,
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Keira Wille, left, and Hannah Murray, both 9, urge passing motorists to stop at their lemonade stand in Centerport on Monday, July 10, 2017. The young entrepreneurs also sold bags of homemade slime, a play substance popular with children.

Nanette McNulty, rear center, BeReadyLI outreach coordinator, and
(Credit: John Roca)

Nanette McNulty, rear center, BeReadyLI outreach coordinator, and Pat Michels of National Grid/United Way-Long Island conduct a "BeReadyLI Children's Workshop" for youths at the Great South Bay YMCA in Bay Shore on July 12, 2017. The workshop shows youths how to be prepared and stay safe in an emergency such as hurricanes, heat waves and lighting.

Peyton Gladysz, 7, participates in a tractor pull
(Credit: Newsday / Alex Horvath)

Peyton Gladysz, 7, participates in a tractor pull competition with her father, Andrew Gladysz, in a 1951 John Deere diesel tractor on Sunday, June 25, 2017, during the the Long Island Antique Power Association's 25th anniversary celebration.

People cool off on watercrafts off Hampton Bays
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

People cool off on watercrafts off Hampton Bays on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

Long Beach surfer Isaiah Bird does a handstand
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Long Beach surfer Isaiah Bird does a handstand off Atlantic Beach on Tuesday, JUly 11, 2017, during Surf for All's opening of its first Adaptive Surf Program. According to Surf for All's website, the program aims to provide surfing opportunities to youths aged 8 to 18 with disabilities.

Caroline Rothstein, 3, cools off at the water
(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Caroline Rothstein, 3, cools off at the water park at Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Paula Turkel of Merrick had her choice of
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Paula Turkel of Merrick had her choice of seats on this express bus to Manhattan on Monday, July 10, 2017, as LIRR riders tried to avoid Penn Station on the first day of Amtrak's track repairs at the busy hub.

Boaters come into the harbor in Huntington on
(Credit: Newsday / Alex Horvath)

Boaters come into the harbor in Huntington on Monday July 10, 2017.

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