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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.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sports a personalized
(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sports a personalized Hofstra jersery alongside Gail Prudenti, President of Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Oct. 16, 2017.

A cool evening yields to a colorful, partly
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

A cool evening yields to a colorful, partly cloudy sunset over Manhattan Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Matt Rodriguez from Bayshore, left, and Bernie Mason
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Matt Rodriguez from Bayshore, left, and Bernie Mason from Sayville fish for striped bass at Smith Point Beach on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 on a cool fall day.

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Students of Malori Steinhauser's Home and Careers class
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Students of Malori Steinhauser's Home and Careers class at Herricks Middle School, Emily Joseph, flet and Ayssa Lam, right, both 13, e combining various skills to create stuffed monsters with stories behind their styles working together in groups, students are focusing on themes including respect, responsibility and readiness, as well as aspects of school life such as the library, art and athletics on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Albertson.

Monica Rocafort, 26, has a tear stroll down
(Credit: James Carbone)

Monica Rocafort, 26, has a tear stroll down her eye as she talks about the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico, during an interview at Touro College in Central Islip on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Rocafort is among students who will be attending law school at the college for 8-weeks.

The American Museum of Natural History unveils one
(Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang)

The American Museum of Natural History unveils one of the new halls-€" featured specimens: a sparkling 12-foot-tall amethyst geode, recently acquired from Uruguay, on Oct. 16, 2017, to celebrate the redesign of Hall of Gems and Minerals. It will be on temporary view in the Museum-€"s Grand Gallery through the 2017 holiday season. The museum will undertake a complete redesign of its Hall of Gems and Hall of Minerals to reorganize the 11,000-square-foot space.

Sara Marrero from Riverhead, left, and Emily Sabean
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Sara Marrero from Riverhead, left, and Emily Sabean from Middle Island buddle up on their walk at Smith Point Beach on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 on a cool fall day.

Candidates for Nassau County Executive, Democrat Laura Curran,
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Candidates for Nassau County Executive, Democrat Laura Curran, and Republican Jack Martins during a debate hosted by News12 Long Island on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in Woodbury.

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Mileena Stephens, 2, of East Patchogue, gets a
(Credit: James Carbone)

Mileena Stephens, 2, of East Patchogue, gets a kiss from Ava, a boston terrier, at the Great Pup-Kin Fest as Meredith Festa, of Paws Unite People held the dog at the Four Seasons in Holbrook on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The event featured pet adoptions and dogs in costumes.

Jackson Kennedy, 5, and Charlotte Rizzo, 5, both
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Jackson Kennedy, 5, and Charlotte Rizzo, 5, both from Huntington, dig into their candied apples at the annual apple festival at the Huntington Historical Society, Daniel W. Kissam House, in Huntington, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

Entertainers dancing during the the 2017 Diwali Mela
(Credit: John Roca)

Entertainers dancing during the the 2017 Diwali Mela (Hindu festival of lights) held at E Barclay St, Hicksville Oct 15, 2017

Lilah Saks, 2, from Huntington, searches for the
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Lilah Saks, 2, from Huntington, searches for the perfect pumpkin at the Elwood Pumpkin Farm, in Huntington, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

People walk in the American Cancer Society's Making
(Credit: Ed Betz)

People walk in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach in Wantagh, Oct. 15, 2017.

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Ashley Haeseker of West Babylon and her energetic
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Ashley Haeseker of West Babylon and her energetic Siberian Huskies Shasta and Nanook exercise at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon, Friday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2017.

Wilson and Elvia Mendoza, of Brentwood, pose for
(Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Wilson and Elvia Mendoza, of Brentwood, pose for a photo, taken by, Wilson Montufar, with their sister Emely Mendoza, 3, after being married at City Hall in Argyle Park in Babylon.

Brenda Agudelo, 21, of Islandia, reads by the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Brenda Agudelo, 21, of Islandia, reads by the water with her dog Sammy, on a mild fall Friday afternoon at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon, Oct. 13, 2017.

Jovanni Gully stretches to reach the ball as
(Credit: David L. Pokress / David L. Pokress)

Jovanni Gully stretches to reach the ball as he played catch with his friend Joe Burriesci in their East Farmingdale neighborhood.

Ezra Prendergast of North Babylon runs soccer drills
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Ezra Prendergast of North Babylon runs soccer drills at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon while keeping in shape for his amateur club team, the Long Island Fusion, on a mild fall Friday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2017.

Joe Rogosich of West Babylon and his 6-month-old
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Joe Rogosich of West Babylon and his 6-month-old English bulldog puppy Wally, take a stroll at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon on a mild fall Friday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2017. Rogosich and his wife recently lost their beloved 10-year-old English Bulldog and Wally had helped them start to heal.

The Rockettes rehearse their classic Tap Number,
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The Rockettes rehearse their classic Tap Number, "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," from The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes at their rehearsal space Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Manhattan.

Sophie, 4, and Grayson Kwon, 2, of East
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Sophie, 4, and Grayson Kwon, 2, of East Williston, search for the perfect pumpkin with mom, Junny, at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner celebrates with teammates
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner celebrates with teammates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS game 5 at Progressive Field, Cleveland, on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017.

Officer Krause and his K-9 dog, Wolf, who
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Officer Krause and his K-9 dog, Wolf, who is being trained in bomb sniffing demonstrate some techniques during a visit with Ruth Squillace's criminal justice class at Shoreham-Wading River High School on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Six members of the Suffolk County K-9 unit gave a lecture and demonstration to students.

Rich Sullivan, of Williston Park, surfcasts in rough
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Rich Sullivan, of Williston Park, surfcasts in rough waters at Field 6, Jones Beach, on Oct. 12, 2017.

The flag is flown at half-staff in front
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

The flag is flown at half-staff in front of Lynbrook Village Hall, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in memory of Mayor William J. Hendrick, who died Wednesday following complications from a heart attack.

Abby Cushing was among BOCES students who learned
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Abby Cushing was among BOCES students who learned about piping at the National Grid Training Center and about what it takes to run a energy company on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Melville.

Holden Bua-Carroll, 8, takes a swing during practice
(Credit: Uli Seit)

Holden Bua-Carroll, 8, takes a swing during practice with his dad, Frank Bua, at Manhasset Valley Park in Manhasset on Oct. 11, 2017.

The rainbow flag, an international symbol of LGBT
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

The rainbow flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, is raised for the first time at Stonewall National Monument on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. The National Park Service recently ceded jurisdiction for the flagpole, which is within the boundaries of federal monument, to New York City.

People walk past an installation of Chinese artist
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

People walk past an installation of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" under the Washington Square Arch in Manhattan on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. The multi-venue exhibition, made of security fencing, is meant to inspire discussion of the global refugee crisis.

First responders examine a vehicle from which an
(Credit: John Roca)

First responders examine a vehicle from which an off-duty Brookhaven firefighter pulled a Holbrook woman seconds before an LIRR train struck the stranded vehicle on Tuesday night, Oct. 10, 2017, near Montauk Highway and Arthur Avenue in Brookhaven.

Janice Esposito, 43, of Holbrook reunites with Peter
(Credit: James Carbone)

Janice Esposito, 43, of Holbrook reunites with Peter DiPinto Sr., an off-duty Brookhaven firefighter, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, a day after DiPinto pulled her seconds before an LIRR train struck her stranded vehicle near Montauk Highway and Arthur Avenue in Brookhaven.

Manhasset goalie Ava Albanese with the scoop during
(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Manhasset goalie Ava Albanese with the scoop during the Nassau High School girls soccer game at Manhasset High School in Manhasset on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Manhasset defeated North Shore 2-1.

Firefighters douse a burning 2001 Toyota Sequoia on
(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Firefighters douse a burning 2001 Toyota Sequoia on the eastbound Northern State Parkway near Exit 34 on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Rufus Williams, 52, of Hempstead, was killed after his Sequoia struck the side of an overpass, State Police said.

Merrick Firefighter Marc Hendrickson conducts demonstrations in front
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Merrick Firefighter Marc Hendrickson conducts demonstrations in front of a first-grade class as students at Chatterton School in the Merrick School District get a firsthand look at what goes into being a volunteer firefighter when Merrick Fire Department volunteers visit their school on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Merrick.

Merrick Firefighter Tom DiBlasi on a stretcher in
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Merrick Firefighter Tom DiBlasi on a stretcher in front of a first-grade class as students at Chatterton School in the Merrick School District get a firsthand look at what goes into being a volunteer firefighter when Merrick Fire Department volunteers visit their school on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 in Merrick.

Westley Connelly, 1, of West Hempstead, plays on
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Westley Connelly, 1, of West Hempstead, plays on grandma Lydia Connelly of Queens, as the pair enjoy summer-like temperatures at Jones Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

It was a crowded day at Jones Beach,
(Credit: Newsday / Theresa Henschel)

It was a crowded day at Jones Beach, Field 6, with summer-like temperatures on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

A makeshift memorial at the scene of a
(Credit: James Carbone)

A makeshift memorial at the scene of a deadly crash in front of 455 N. Wellwood Ave. in Lindenhurst, seen Monday, Oct. 10, 2017. The one-car accident on Sunday had left two people dead and two seriously injured.

Suffolk County police emergency officers rescue a deer
(Credit: James Carbone)

Suffolk County police emergency officers rescue a deer whose antlers got stuck on a swing in a backyard playground on Belleview Avenue in Center Moriches on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. The resident called police around 10 a.m. after spotting the deer.

Suffolk County police emergency officers rescue a deer
(Credit: James Carbone)

Suffolk County police emergency officers rescue a deer whose antlers got stuck on a swing in a backyard playground on Belleview Avenue in Center Moriches on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. The resident called police around 10 a.m. after spotting the deer.

The carcass of a dolphin that washed up
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The carcass of a dolphin that washed up at Main Beach in East Hampton, Oct. 10, 2017. This is at least the third that has washed up on nearby beaches in recent days.

A man walks through rain puddles on Monday,
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

A man walks through rain puddles on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Stehli Beach in Bayville, in the Town of Oyster Bay.

Participants march along Fifth Avenue during the 73rd
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Participants march along Fifth Avenue during the 73rd Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. The parade commemorates the explorations of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Volunteer Katie McEntee unloads a crated dog as
(Credit: John Roca)

Volunteer Katie McEntee unloads a crated dog as some 30 dogs rescued from Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria arrive on a Grumman G-3 jet at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

Participants dance in the 53rd annual Hispanic Day
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Participants dance in the 53rd annual Hispanic Day Parade in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. The parade celebrates the people and traditions of all Latin American countries.

The rain didn't dampen a farm visit for
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The rain didn't dampen a farm visit for 4-year-old Jeilah Jones, of Central Islip, to Sound Shore Market and Farms in Riverhead on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Mackenzie Wangenstein, 3, from Medford plays in the
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Mackenzie Wangenstein, 3, from Medford plays in the sand at Kalers Pond Park on a warm autumn day in Center Moriches, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.

Sergio Reguero and his children, from left, Aaron,
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Sergio Reguero and his children, from left, Aaron, Camila and Jonathan enjoying today's high temperatures in their backyard pool in Baldwin, Friday Oct 6, 2017.

Students from Longwood Junior High School participate in
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Students from Longwood Junior High School participate in a hands-on science project in the bay near the Smith Point Wilderness Visitors Center as part of A Day in The Life of Fire Island, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Here, students count the minnows caught during trawling as part of the biological sampling lesson.

T'Azha Sullivan, 17, and a fellow student Sulay
(Credit: Mansura Khanam)

T'Azha Sullivan, 17, and a fellow student Sulay Lageyre from Bay Shore High School handle aquatic samples on Sept. 29, 2017 at Fire Island Lighthouse.

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