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Natalie Tromer, of Putnam County, seeks refuge from the hot, hazy and humid day at the beach in Long Beach. (July 5, 2013)

Long Island and New York City's top photos of the week

From the picturesque scenes of Long Island to the iconic sites of New York, Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of New York. Here are some of the most compelling photos to appear on Newsday.com this week.

Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State
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Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State Park. (July 6, 2013)

Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State
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Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State Park. (July 6, 2013)

Clifford, a male reticulated giraffe celebrated his seventh
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Clifford, a male reticulated giraffe celebrated his seventh birthday at the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville. (July 6, 2013)

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Natalie Tromer, of Putnam County, seeks refuge from
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Natalie Tromer, of Putnam County, seeks refuge from the hot, hazy and humid day at the beach in Long Beach. (July 5, 2013)

Sean Gillam, 13, finding enjoyment while riding his
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Sean Gillam, 13, finding enjoyment while riding his boogie board from the Hot hazy and humid day at the beach in Long Beach. (July 5, 2013)

Val, a seven-year-old elephant who is part of
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Val, a seven-year-old elephant who is part of the Cole Bros. Circus, gets cooled down on one of the hottest days of the summer so far, at Eisenhower Park. (July 5, 2013).

LONG BEACH, NY. FRIDAY JULY 5, 2013. Long
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LONG BEACH, NY. FRIDAY JULY 5, 2013. Long Beach was crowded today with people trying to beat the day's high temperatures.

Central Mall lifeguards get together on one of
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Central Mall lifeguards get together on one of the few, if not only, days where all of them are there. (July 4 2013)

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The diverse and eccentric croud of beachgoers take
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The diverse and eccentric croud of beachgoers take to Jones Beach for the Fourth of July to soak up the weather. (July 4 2013)

Cole Bros. Circus elephants get hosed down during
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Cole Bros. Circus elephants get hosed down during the heat of the day at Eisenhower Park. From left, Chang, Lulu and Val, the seven-year-old circus elephant (July 5, 2013).

A woman performs the field sobriety test after
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A woman performs the field sobriety test after being pulled over for swerving in her vehicle on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore by Deputy Sheriff Brian Rasiak during his routine midnight D.W.I. enforcement patrol. (July 4, 2013)

Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus
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Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus Playground in the Inwood section of Manhattan as they try to beat the heat. (July 5, 2013)

Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus
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Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus Playground in the Inwood section of Manhattan as they try to beat the heat. (July 5, 2013)

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Children looking for releif rom the heat, run
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Children looking for releif rom the heat, run into the spray of water provided by the Massapequa Fire Department Thursday at the Biltmore Beach Club in Massapequa on thursday. (July 4, 2013)

John Galicka dances with others in a dance
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John Galicka dances with others in a dance called 'Dancing into the Snake' at the July 4th celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage Thursday. (July 4, 2013)

Logan Leocavallo, 1, watches the parade from his
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Logan Leocavallo, 1, watches the parade from his stroller, along with his family (not visible in photo) at the July 4th celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage. (July 4, 2013)

Peter (Wheels) Halecky of Syosset takes a break
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Peter (Wheels) Halecky of Syosset takes a break in front of the score board as the Brooklyn Eckfords' team played the Brooklyn Excelsiors in a throw back game from 1864, during the July 4th celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage. (July 4, 2013)

Alex Rabinowitz cools off with his dog Jax
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Alex Rabinowitz cools off with his dog Jax in their family's backyard pool in Plainview Thursday. (July 4, 2013)

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Sierra Woods, 2, of East Northport, watches the
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Sierra Woods, 2, of East Northport, watches the Massapequa July 4th Parade as it heads down Lakeshore Blvd in Massapequa on Thursday. (July 4, 2013)

For the first time since Superstorm Sandy made
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For the first time since Superstorm Sandy made landfall, visitors, including Sofia Dagvadorj from Indiana, center, tour the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island as it reopens to the public on Thursday on Liberty Island. The Statue of Liberty, titled Liberty Enlightening the World, is located on a 12-acre island in New York Harbor and was a gift from the people of France. (July 04, 2013).

Fred Dorrer stands in front of his flag-covered
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Fred Dorrer stands in front of his flag-covered lawn as the Massapequa July 4th parade makes its way down Lakeshore Blvd in Massapequa thursday. (July 4, 2013)

Twelve-week old pigs participate in a race at
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Twelve-week old pigs participate in a race at the Long Island Game Farm Wednesday afternoon in Manorville. The races go on until July 9, and resumes again in August. (July 3, 2013)

NYPD Detective Kevin Brennan is hugged by friends
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NYPD Detective Kevin Brennan is hugged by friends and family on the 21st floor hallway of Brooklyn Supreme Court after Luis Ortiz was convicted of multiple charges. Brennan was shot in the head by Ortiz. (July 3, 2013)

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The Electrifying Herman Fasio performs under the big
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The Electrifying Herman Fasio performs under the big top during the opening show of the Cole Bros. Circus at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The circus opened the first of several shows at the park. It advertises as the "world's largest circus under the big top." (July 3, 2013)

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"Petya" hangs by her hair as she flies through the air. The Cole Bros. Circus will perform numerous shows on Long Island through July. (July 3, 2013)

A car, which was filled with fireworks, starts
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A car, which was filled with fireworks, starts to ignite after being blown up by Suffolk County police emergency service officers at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank. The demonstration was to show the dangers of illegal fireworks. (July 2, 2013)

James Jennison Jr., 8, makes contact with the
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James Jennison Jr., 8, makes contact with the ball during batting practice with his dad at Duckpond Drive Park in Wantagh. (July 2, 2013)

Nassau Police dedicate Marine 7 to fallen Det.
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Nassau Police dedicate Marine 7 to fallen Det. Arthur Lopez in Wantagh. (June 29, 2013)

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New York City Police Academy cadets celebrate at
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New York City Police Academy cadets celebrate at the end of their graduation ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A total of 781 cadets graduated (July 2, 2013)

Venomous Portuguese man-of-wars, native to the Pacific and
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Venomous Portuguese man-of-wars, native to the Pacific and Indian oceans, have washed up in the Hamptons. (July 1, 2013)

Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks can't come
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Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks can't come up with a ball hit for a triple by Omar Quintanilla of the New York Mets at Citi Field. (July 1, 2013)

Marlon Byrd, No. 6, of the New York
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Marlon Byrd, No. 6, of the New York Mets, celebrates his ninth-inning game tying run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on July 1, 2013 in Queens. (July 1, 2013)

Visitors walk the beach while enjoying themselves at
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Visitors walk the beach while enjoying themselves at the shore in Fire Island Pines, despite the rainy weather. (July 1, 2013)

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People view the first and second page of
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(Credit: Charles Eckert)

People view the first and second page of an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson's hand, that is temporarily displayed in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room at the New York Public LIbrary in Manhattan. (July 01, 2013)

A woman was taken to a hospital with
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A woman was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries, officials said, after she jumped from a window to flee this house fire on Prospect Street in Amityville. (July 1, 2013)

Workers stock the shelves of what will be
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Workers stock the shelves of what will be Long Island's first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown. The store is set to open July 10. (July 1, 2013)

In the first soap box derby held in
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In the first soap box derby held in Sag Harbor since the late 1950s, Sag Harbor Girl Scout Emily Glass races down High Street. (June 30, 2013)

The 11th Annual Achilles International Five Miler race
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The 11th Annual Achilles International Five Miler race in Central Park is shown. According to the Achilles International nonprofit group, the "race is a celebration of running that brings together athletes with and without disabilities." (June 30, 2013)

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Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner marches in the
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Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner marches in the New York City 44th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March along Fifth Avenue on Sunday in Manhattan. (June 30, 2013)

Jennifer Gotay, 25, visits the site where her
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Jennifer Gotay, 25, visits the site where her sister Carmen Rivera-Gotay was killed in a deadly crash on Walt Whitman Road in Melville. (June 30, 2013)

Participants march in the New York City 44th
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Participants march in the New York City 44th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March along Fifth Avenue Sunday in Manhattan. (June 30, 2013)

Shoppers seek cover from a Monday afternoon downpour
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Shoppers seek cover from a Monday afternoon downpour at the Plainview Centre in Plainview. (July 1, 2013)

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