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Top photos from around LI, NYC from December 2020

From 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.

Town of Hempstead Bruce Blakeman gets tested for
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Town of Hempstead Bruce Blakeman gets tested for Covid-19 at the new drive-thru rapid testing site at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020. The Town of Hempstead announced a grant to open the free drive-thru rapid COVID-19 in hopes that the initiative will help protect community from the virusÕs impending second wave.

Fallen Christmas decorations on the lawn of a
Credit: Linda Rosier

Fallen Christmas decorations on the lawn of a home on Dutch Broadway in Elmont on a stormy Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2020.

A man casts his line into Northport Harbor
Credit: Raychel Brightman

A man casts his line into Northport Harbor on Dec. 21, 2020.

Shintaro Nokuchi of Northport fishes off the dock
Credit: Raychel Brightman

Shintaro Nokuchi of Northport fishes off the dock while enjoying the sunset in Northport on Dec. 21, 2020.

Steve Leonardo of East Northport plays music for
Credit: Raychel Brightman

Steve Leonardo of East Northport plays music for those walking through the park in Northport on Dec. 21, 2020.

Breast cancer survivor Brenda Ocasio, right, of Brentwood
Credit: James Carbone

Breast cancer survivor Brenda Ocasio, right, of Brentwood of Bay Shore, receives a bag with a new jacket and Target gift card, outside St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Members of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association delivered the new coats and Target gift cards to members of a cancer survivor support group that meets at the church.

Jim Piszczatowski and his dog, Seaver Shea, go
Credit: David Handschuh

Jim Piszczatowski and his dog, Seaver Shea, go for a rainy Christmas morning stroll in Port Washington on Dec. 25, 2020.

Nurse practitioner Deborah Beauplan, left, and nurse Kristal
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Nurse practitioner Deborah Beauplan, left, and nurse Kristal Vazquez prepare to administer COVID-19 swab tests at Smith Point Park in Shirley earlier this month.

John Demato, Chaplain for the Village of Hempstead,
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

John Demato, Chaplain for the Village of Hempstead, dressed as Santa to give away toys to Levy Escobar, 5, Brian Umana, 11, and Bewall Mancilla, December 23, 2020 in Hempstead, N.Y. Police Officers decorated a municipal police bus in holiday lights and loaded it with toys to be distributed to senior citizens and children throughout the Village of Hempstead, With escalated tension between police and communities nationwide, the Hempstead Police is hoping the Holiday Caravan helps restore and boost trust between residents and the police.

A bicyclist pedals along the boardwalk as faint
Credit: Jeff Bachner

A bicyclist pedals along the boardwalk as faint rays of sunshine peek through dark clouds on a cold, windy afternoon at Long Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Carlos Ramos shovels the sidewalk along West Main
Credit: Barry Sloan

Carlos Ramos shovels the sidewalk along West Main Street in Smithtown Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

Dripping water icing from the roof of a
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Dripping water icing from the roof of a house in Roosevelt after a bitter cold snow storm Friday Dec. 18, 2020

following the season's first snow fall, Riley Poole,
Credit: Newsday/John paraskevas

following the season's first snow fall, Riley Poole, 10, of St. James rides her sled down the hill during a family outing to Veterans Memorial Park in St. James on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

People flocked to the gentile hills of Veterans
Credit: Newsday/John paraskevas

People flocked to the gentile hills of Veterans Memorial Park in St. James on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, to try out their sleds following the season's first snow fall.

Tuna Djemil uses a snow blower to clear
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Tuna Djemil uses a snow blower to clear the front of his home alongside Elwood Rd. in Elwood, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Cars line up at a drive-through COVID-19 testing
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Cars line up at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site set up for Suffolk County employee and their families at Smith Point Park in Shirley on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2020.

Westbury resident Emme Moreno, 7, enjoying the afternoon
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Westbury resident Emme Moreno, 7, enjoying the afternoon with sleigh riding at Eisenhower Memorial Park in East Meadow Saturday Dec. 19, 2020a

Britney Davis of Westhampton takes photos on snow
Credit: John Roca

Britney Davis of Westhampton takes photos on snow covered Rodgers Beach as the Atlantic ocean rages during today's storm. Dec 17, 2020..

The snowy streets of Greenpont, Brookyln as the
Credit: Corey Sipkin

The snowy streets of Greenpont, Brookyln as the nor'easter moves through the region, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Snow falls as seen in Transmitter Park in
Credit: Corey Sipkin

Snow falls as seen in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as the nor'easter moved through the region, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Port Jefferson resident Chris Kelley uses a snow
Credit: Morgan Campbell/Morgan Campbell

Port Jefferson resident Chris Kelley uses a snow blower in her front yard on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Selim Reyes, 5, from Mattituck helps his dad
Credit: Randee Daddona

Selim Reyes, 5, from Mattituck helps his dad Rogelio clear a path after the snowstorm in Mattituck on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Paul Zucconi uses a snow blower to clear
Credit: Barry Sloan

Paul Zucconi uses a snow blower to clear his driveway as this dog, Stryker, chases after the snow on Mobrey Lane in Smithtown Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Aaron Perretta shovels the driveway of his home
Credit: Barry Sloan

Aaron Perretta shovels the driveway of his home on Shirley Court in Commack Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Miguel Angel works on clearing the sidewalk outside
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Miguel Angel works on clearing the sidewalk outside St. Agnes Cathedral on Thursday, Dec, 17, 2020 in Rockville Centre...

10 year-old Cameron Danzillo, and her friend Bridgid
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

10 year-old Cameron Danzillo, and her friend Bridgid Reilly, 10 of Wantagh sledding down a hill at Cedar Park in Wantagh, Thursday Dec. 17, 2020.

A plow clears snow from the roadway on
Credit: Randee Daddona

A plow clears snow from the roadway on Main Street in Greenport on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 during the first nor'easter of the season.

People shovel snow and ice on Main Street
Credit: Randee Daddona

People shovel snow and ice on Main Street in Greenport Dec. 17, 2020 during the first nor'easter of the season.

Jorge Escobar, clean the sidewalk and play at
Credit: Pablo Corradi

Jorge Escobar, clean the sidewalk and play at the front of the Sanctuary, the store he works at on South Street in Oyster Bay. Thursday December 17, 2020. Oyster Bay, NY

A pedestrian travels on foot through Huntington after
Credit: JOHNNY MILANO

A pedestrian travels on foot through Huntington after the first major snow storm of the year, Dec. 17, 2020.

Elodie Meehan, 4, of Brightwaters, skates on ice
Credit: James Carbone

Elodie Meehan, 4, of Brightwaters, skates on ice at Brightwaters Lake as her parents Kate and Doug look on, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020.

Doug Byrne, of Hauppauge, prepares to lower his
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Doug Byrne, of Hauppauge, prepares to lower his mask so nurse Kristal Vazquez could administer a COVID-19 swab test at a drive-thru testing site set up for Suffolk County employee and their families at Smith Point Park in Shirley on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2020.

For Louis Felix, 56, of Patchogue, Friday's mild
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

For Louis Felix, 56, of Patchogue, Friday's mild weather help put some pep in his step as he did a 10-minute workout on the cardio walker machine at Shorefront Park in Patchogue on Dec. 11. Felix, who recently had bypass surgery, tries to work out at least six days a week on the park's various exercise machines.

MakomNY members, L-R: Jesse Mair, 14, and his
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

MakomNY members, left to right, Jesse Mair, 14, and his mom Wendy Mair of Syosset, add candles to the top of the "Giant Can Can Menorah" in the driveway of Rabbi Deborah Bravo on Dec. 13 in Woodbury. The food is from generous donations of more than a thousand items from the community which will be donated to a local food bank.

Paul Webber, of Sayville, takes a quick break
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Paul Webber, of Sayville, takes a quick break from a walk with his Schnoodle Heidi, along Main Street in Sayville on Dec. 11. The mild weather brought the two outside. "It's good for the both of us," Webber said.

Members of the engineering department putting together a
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Members of the engineering department put together a menorah while Rabbi Hillel Fox watches in front of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on Dec. 9.

Ken Stier, left, Chris Stier, Joanne Stier, Serenity
Credit: Morgan Campbell

Ken Stier, left, Chris Stier, Joanne Stier, Serenity Stier, 14, Ashley Stier, Thomas Taravella, and Storm Stier, 6, in front of holiday display at the Stier family home in St James on Dec. 11.

A man weathering the cold snowy weather while
Credit: Newsday

A man weathers the cold snowy weather while running on Shore Road in Port Washington on Dec. 9.

Bundled up for the cold, two women walk
Credit: Barry Sloan

Bundled up for the cold, two women walk along the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park on Dec. 7.

A seagull is pictured through a traffic drum
Credit: Barry Sloan

A seagull is pictured through a traffic drum at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park on Dec. 7.

Stan and Jordana Levine's home on Highland Ave
Credit: Newsday/William Perlman

Stan and Jordana Levine's home on Highland Avenue Dec. 11. The outside of the Levine home is entirely covered by Hanukkah decorations for the Festival of Lights.

Marsha Elowsky poses with a carved wooden potrait
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Marsha Elowsky holds a carved wooden portrait of her late husband, Joseph, and the menorah he made. Joseph recently died of COVID-19 after nearly 64 years of marriage,

Fans of the late musician John Lennon gather
Credit: Corey Sipkin

Fans of John Lennon gather at Strawberry Fields in Central Park on Dec. 8, the anniversary of his fatal shooting, in Manhattan.

Bridgett Whiteside of Port Washington gets a kiss
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Bridgett Whiteside of Port Washington gets a kiss from Red, a friendly dog (not her dog) at the Christopher Morley Dog Park in Roslyn on Dec. 8.

The Laredo Brazos lift boat operating in the
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

The Laredo Brazos lift boat operating in the waters off the coast of Smith Point Park in Shirley on the evening of Dec. 1.

Suzzanne Serino, manager at Duryea's Flower Shop, assembles
Credit: Johnny Milano

Suzzanne Serino, manager at Duryea's Flower Shop, assembles wreaths at Otto's Sea Grill in Freeport on Dec. 3, where Duryea's Flower Shop has set up temporary space after the storefront had a fire several weeks ago.

Scenes from today's annual
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Scenes from the annual "Dropping of the Roses" Pearl Harbor Anniversary Memorial Ceremony at The American Airpower Museum on Dec. 7, the 79th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy Fleet based at Pearl Harbor.

Joe Giordano of St. James fishes in the
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Joe Giordano of St. James fishes in the serene waters off of Cordwood Park in St. James on the afternoon of Dec. 3.

Photos of the light displays at the Smith
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Photos of the light displays at the Smith Point Holiday Light Show, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. The drive-thru celebration is displayed at Smith Point Park in Shirley on Dec. 1.

Vivienne Munnelly 5 of West Hempstead gets an
Credit: Jeff Bachner

Vivienne Munnelly, 5, of West Hempstead gets an assist from her dad, Sean, as she rides her bike on a path in Hempstead Lake State Park on Dec. 6.

Bishop Wilbert Ingram of West Hempstead gets tested
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Bishop Wilbert Ingram of West Hempstead gets tested for COVID-19 at the new drive-thru rapid testing site at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside on Dec. 1. The Town of Hempstead announced a grant to open the free drive-thru rapid COVID-19 test in hopes that the initiative will help protect community from the virus's impending second wave.

Dr. William C. Gehrhardt, medical director at the
Credit: Barry Sloan

Dr. William C. Gehrhardt, medical director at the Dolan Family Health Center, administers a COVID-19 test at the center in Greenlawn Dec. 1. Free COVID-19 testing is currently being provided by Northwell Health, Suffolk County and the Town of Huntington.

A firefighter keeps an eye on a fire
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

A firefighter keeps an eye on a fire intentionally set to demonstrate how quickly a dry Christmas tree could ignite. It took this fire at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Old Bethpage on Dec. 1 approximately 90 seconds to engulf the entire mock room and all its contents, including furniture. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran joined county fire officials to offer tips for a safe holiday season, stressing the importance of hydrating natural trees and checking for damaged lights and electrical cords.

People use umbrellas to shield themselves from the
Credit: Barry Sloan

People line up in the rain to get inside the City MD in Commack Dec. 14.

People use umbrellas to shield themselves from the
Credit: Barry Sloan

People wait in the rain outside the City MD in Commack on Dec. 14.

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