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Top photos from around LI, NYC from February 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.

Rafi Barr 7 of the Upper West Side
Credit: Jeff Bachner

Rafi Barr 7 of the Upper West Side doesn't let his missing front teeth stop him from smiling as he drives one of the ice bumper cars at Bryant Park, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.

New York Yankee fans waiting for autographs from
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankee fans waiting for autographs from the playing during spring training in Tampa, FL Sunday Feb. 16, 2020

New York Yankees' pitcher Gerrit Cole leaving the
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankees' pitcher Gerrit Cole leaving the field after signing as many autographs for the young fans after his workout during spring training in Tampa, FL Sunday Feb. 16, 2020

Tom Barry a blacksmith from Riverhead shows visitors
Credit: Randee Daddona

Tom Barry a blacksmith from Riverhead shows visitors how to forge an iron heart at the Village Blacksmith in Greenport on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The Village Blacksmith is run by the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport.

Chantal Marcos 8 of Locust Valley drives one
Credit: Jeff Bachner

Chantal Marcos 8 of Locust Valley drives one of the ice bumper cars at Bryant Park, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.

New York Yankees' pitcher Gerrit Cole signing autographs
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankees' pitcher Gerrit Cole signing autographs for the young fans after his workout during spring training in Tampa, FL Sunday Feb. 16, 2020

New York Mets fans wait for autographs during
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets fans wait for autographs during a spring training workout, Monday Feb. 17, 2020 at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie FL.

Leo Nagasawa, 4, of Port Washington, takes a
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Leo Nagasawa, 4, of Port Washington, takes a scooter ride as his brother Hal, 2, and father Roy, rear, follow behind in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020....

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during a
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during a spring training workout, Monday Feb. 17, 2020 at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie FL.

Former New York Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte signing
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Former New York Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte signing autographs after throwing to batters during batting practice at spring training in Tampa, FL Monday Feb. 17, 2020

New York Mets outfileder Tim Tebow during a
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets outfileder Tim Tebow during a spring training workout, Monday Feb. 17, 2020 at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie FL.

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes signing autographs
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes signing autographs during a spring training workout, Monday Feb. 17, 2020 at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie FL.

Despite the cold, this group of people braved
Credit: James Carbone

Despite the cold, this group of people braved the cold as they joined together for prayer outside the New Village Recreation Center on Wireless Road in Centereach on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.

Zaya Stokes, 3, from Westhampton plays at Iron
Credit: Randee Daddona

Zaya Stokes, 3, from Westhampton plays at Iron Pier Beach in Jamesport on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.

Jean and Marie Filippi, of Hicksville, celebrate 51
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Jean and Marie Filippi, of Hicksville, celebrate 51 years of marriage as Genser Cona Elder Law honors twenty-five special couples who have been together 50 years or more with a complimentary Valentine's dinner to celebrate their long lasting love held at Piccolo Restaurant in Bellmore, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.

New York Yankees' pitcher Luis Severino warming up
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankees' pitcher Luis Severino warming up his arm during spring training in Tampa, FL Friday Feb. 14, 2020

New York Mets fans wait for autographs during
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets fans wait for autographs during a spring training workout, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard runs away
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard runs away with his teammates' jerseys after they warmed up shirtless during a spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The players warmed up without their jerseys to poke fun at Syndergaard who was recently spotted working out shirtless.

Francesca Guddemi, of Port Jefferson, roasts marshmellows with
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Francesca Guddemi, of Port Jefferson, roasts marshmellows with her daughter Viviana, 3, during the Port Jefferson Ice Festival, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso signs autographs
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso signs autographs during a spring training workout, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

A lone seagull flies low across the waters
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

A lone seagull flies low across the waters of Northport Harbor as the reflected sun momentarily breaks through the fog and clouds on the afternoon of February v11, 2020

RETRANS FOR LIGHTER IMAGE--Max Klimavicius, owner of Sardi's
Credit: Craig Ruttle

RETRANS FOR LIGHTER IMAGE--Max Klimavicius, owner of Sardi's in Times Square, feeds chicken to Siba, a Standard Poodle who took the honors for Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show Tuesday, during an appearance at Sardi's Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 that has become an annual traditional event as the winner is fed a prepared meat dish.

New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith shares a
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith shares a laugh with fans as he gets ready to take on batting practice during a spring training workout today, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020 at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, FL.

As an award for raising more than $4,000
Credit: Barry Sloan

As an award for raising more than $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients campaign, students wrap Principal Brian Chamberlin in toilet paper at Harding Avenue Elementary School in Lindenhurst Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.

New York Yankees' GM Brian Cashman talking with
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankees' GM Brian Cashman talking with the media during spring training in Tampa, FL Friday Feb. 14, 2020

A gray and foggy day in Oyster Bay,
Credit: Danielle Silverman

A gray and foggy day in Oyster Bay, Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020. There's a difference between the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a form of depression.

New York Yankees' pitcher Masahiro Tanaka leaving the
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankees' pitcher Masahiro Tanaka leaving the bullpen after his workout during spring training in Tampa, FL Friday Feb. 14, 2020

2nd-grader Sophie Franck, above, and pre-K student Maggie
Credit: Barry Sloan

2nd-grader Sophie Franck, above, and pre-K student Maggie Masone, below, browse the selection of books in the book vending machine at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School in Port Jefferson Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Unveiled Tuesday, the vending machine is intended to encourage and promote literacy for grades pre-K-5. Students will earn "rewards of excellence" tokens in order to retrieve the books they want.

Savannah Stepnewski, 5, of Coram, inspects a hamburger
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Savannah Stepnewski, 5, of Coram, inspects a hamburger ice sculpture during the Port Jefferson Ice Festival, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. DAD-516-946-3136

New York Yankees' pitcher Luis Severino fielding ground
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New York Yankees' pitcher Luis Severino fielding ground ball while workout during spring training in Tampa, FL Saturday Feb. 15, 2020

1st-grader Michael Viviano, left, and 2nd-grader Sophie Franck,
Credit: Barry Sloan

1st-grader Michael Viviano, left, and 2nd-grader Sophie Franck, right, check out the books they received from the book vending machine at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School in Port Jefferson Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Unveiled Tuesday, the vending machine is intended to encourage and promote literacy for grades pre-K-5. Students will earn "rewards of excellence" tokens in order to retrieve the books they want.

New York Yankees' pitcher Luis Severino after warming
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankees' pitcher Luis Severino after warming up his arm during spring training in Tampa, FL Feb. 11, 2020

New York Yankees' pitcher running interval during spring
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Yankees' pitcher running interval during spring training in Tampa, FL Saturday Feb. 15, 2020

Calla Breyer, 3, of Rocky Point, licks an
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Calla Breyer, 3, of Rocky Point, licks an ice sculpture during the Port Jefferson Ice Festival, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Ann- 631-357-0381

Sophia Zeng 9 and her brother Lucas 12
Credit: Jeff Bachner

Sophia Zeng, 9, and her brother Lucas, 12, watch the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown on Feb. 9.

New York Mets releiver Edwin Diaz during a
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz during a spring training workout at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Feb 10.

Spectators watch the Lunar New Year parade on
Credit: Jeff Bachner

Spectators watch the Lunar New Year parade on the streets of Chinatown on Feb. 9.

Colorful Dragons and Lions delight spectators at the
Credit: Jeff Bachner

Colorful dragons and lions delight spectators at the Lunar New Year parade on the streets of Chinatown on  Feb. 9.

A member of the NYPD who was injured
Credit: Charles Eckert

An NYPD officer who was injured during a shooting on Feb. 8 is wheeled out of Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx on Feb. 9.

Members of the New York Police Department and
Credit: Charles Eckert

NYPD officers and others clap as NYPD Lt. Jose Gautreaux, center, is discharged from Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx on Feb. 10. Lt. Gautreaux was shot in the arm when Robert Williams, 45, allegedly opened fire in the 41st Precinct station house the morning after he allegedly shot an NYPD officer who was sitting in a patrol van.

Great Neck Library Trustee Mimi Hu poses for
Credit: Barry Sloan

Great Neck Library trustee Mimi Hu poses for a portrait at the Great Neck Library on Feb. 10.

Kim Taylor, of Baldwin, inside her home, Thursday,
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Kim Taylor, of Baldwin, inside her home, on Feb. 7. Taylor was a speech teacher who worked with Thomas Valva, the boy allegedly killed when his father made him sleep in the cold garage. She taught him his first words: Ball and Go.

Mikael Mesamour conducts research on a topic that
Credit: Shelby Knowles

Mikael Mesamour conducts research on a topic that illustrates African-American life on Long Island on Feb. 6 at Hempstead Middle School.

People take shelter from the rain under umbrellas
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

People take shelter from the rain in Sayville on Feb. 10.

A woman walks her dog across the 9-11
Credit: Barry Sloan

A woman walks her dog across the 9-11 Memorial Bridge in Saddle Rock on Feb. 10.

The Long Beach FD was alerted for a
Credit: Jim Staubitser

Officials from Long Beach and six other departments respond to a fire in Atlantic Beach on Feb. 9.

Ivan Loza, 20, of Bay Shore showing off
Credit: Howard Simmons

Ivan Loza, 20, of Bay Shore, shows off his skateboarding moves at Tanner Park in Copiague on Feb. 8.

Bank Windows are refracted through the raindrops collected
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Bank windows are refracted through the raindrops collected on an automobile window forming an outer worldly pattern in Sayville on Feb. 10.

A woman uses an umbrella to shield herself
Credit: Barry Sloan

A woman uses an umbrella to shield herself from the rain while walking down Deer Park Avenue in Babylon on Feb. 10.

Lawrence Kreutzberg of Point Lookout, center, participates in
Credit: Barry Sloan

Lawrence Kreutzberg of Point Lookout, center, participates in a TM360 Functional Fitness with Power Bar class during the American Cancer Society's second annual Long Island Wellness Festival at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Feb. 9.

Tom Fabbri, founder and CEO of Long Island-based
Credit: Barry Sloan

Tom Fabbri, founder and CEO of Long Island-based Total Motion 360, leads a TM360 Functional Fitness with Power Bar class during the American Cancer Society's second annual Long Island Wellness Festival at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Feb. 9.

Tommy Sheehan, winner of 'Survivor' season 39, teaches
Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

Tommy Sheehan, winner of CBS' season 39 of "Survivor," teaches fourth grade students in Floral Park Bellerose school in Floral Park on Feb. 7.

Tommy Sheehan, winner of 'Survivor' season 39, teaches
Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

Tommy Sheehan, winner of CBS' season 39 of "Survivor," teaches fourth grade students in Floral Park Bellerose school in Floral Park on Feb. 7.

Tommy Sheehan, winner of 'Survivor' season 39, teaches
Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

Tommy Sheehan, winner of CBS' season 39 of "Survivor," teaches fourth grade students in Floral Park Bellerose school in Floral Park on Feb. 7.

Justyna Zubko-Valva, cries during a press conference at
Credit: James Carbone

Justyna Zubko-Valva cries during a news conference at Suffolk Court in Riverhead on Feb. 6, where Michael Valva and his fiancee Angela Pollina were indicted in the murder of Thomas Valva, 8.

Justyna Zubko-Valva attends the March for Change honoring
Credit: Shelby Knowles

Justyna Zubko-Valva attends the March for Change honoring the life of her son, Thomas Valva, at Heckscher State Park on Feb. 8.

Justyna Zubko-Valva attends the March for Change honoring
Credit: Shelby Knowles

Justyna Zubko-Valva attends the March for Change honoring the life of her son, Thomas Valva, at Heckscher State Park on Feb. 8.

Kristen Rivenburgh of St. John the Baptist at
Credit: Corey Sipkin

Kristen Rivenburgh, right, of St. John the Baptist gets third place in the girls 55-meter hurdle at the CHSAA High School Track and Field Intersectional Championships on Feb. 8 in Staten Island.

This is the new eastern concourse in Terminal
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The new eastern concourse in Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst on Feb. 6.. Port Authority officials show what's being fixed, the spaces where new structures will rise at LaGuardia Airport.

Kristen Rivenburgh of St. John the Baptist at
Credit: Corey Sipkin

Kristen Rivenburgh, left, of St. John the Baptist, gets third place in the girls 55-meter hurdle at the CHSAA High School Track and Field Intersectional Championships on Feb. 8 in Staten Island.

Double amputee and Suffolk County Police Officer Matias
Credit: Morgan Campbell

Double amputee and Suffolk County Police Officer Matias Ferreira visits the first-ever Momentum Rehabilitation support group for amputees in East Islip on Feb. 6.

Layla Scott and her classmates in Ann Bullis'
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Layla Scott and her classmates in Ann Bullis' third-grade class at Deer Park's John F. Kennedy Intermediate School show their love and respect for the military on Feb. 6 by creating Valentine's Day cards for 104-year-old WWII veteran Bill White of California. White, who served in the Marine Corps, is a Purple Heart recipient.

Ashleigh Dibrico, 3 Ronkonkoma, plays with bubbles at
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Ashleigh Dibrico, 3, of Ronkonkoma, plays with bubbles at the Long Island Children's Museum on Feb. 4 in Garden City.

Othman Lel-Lheib, left, and Kenny Rodriguez, right, and
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Othman Lel-Lheib, left, and Kenny Rodriguez in Ann Bullis' third-grade class at Deer Park's John F. Kennedy Intermediate School show their love and respect for the military on Feb. 6 by creating Valentine's Day cards for 104-year-old WWII veteran Bill White of California. White, who served in the Marine Corps, is a Purple Heart recipient.

Mia Bode, center, and her classmates in Ann
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Mia Bode, center, and her classmates in Ann Bullis' third-grade class at Deer Park's John F. Kennedy Intermediate School show their love and respect for the military on Feb. 6 by creating Valentine's Day cards for 104-year-old WWII veteran Bill White of California. White, who served in the Marine Corps, is a Purple Heart recipient.

With no snow in sight, Paul Walsh of
Credit: Barry Sloan

Although there is no snow in sight, Paul Walsh of Nesconset roller skis at Heckscher State Park in East Islip on Feb. 5.

Marina Mentzel, founder of Huntington-based urSwim, poses for
Credit: Barry Sloan

Marina Mentzel, founder of Huntington-based urSwim, at a private indoor pool in Bellport on Feb. 5.

Juniors Anthony Fasano, 17, left, and Jake DelRosario,
Credit: Barry Sloan

Juniors Anthony Fasano, 17, left, and Jake DelRosario, 16, work on their storm drain design, "We Otter Keep our Water Clean," at Smithtown High School West on Feb. 5.

A large American flag wall mural in Centereach
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

A large American flag wall mural in Centereach is refracted through raindrops on an automobile window on Feb. 5.

Juniors Anthony Fasano, 17, right, and Jake DelRosario,
Credit: Barry Sloan

Juniors Anthony Fasano, 17, right, and Jake DelRosario, 16, work on their storm drain design, "We Otter Keep our Water Clean," at Smithtown High School West on Feb. 5.

Mural of Kobe and Gianna Bryant near Barclays
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

A mural of Kobe and Gianna Bryant near Barclays Center in Brooklyn that was painted by Long Island-based artist and Lakers fan, Efren Andaluz.

Holly Gordon at her home in Bay Shore
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Holly Gordon at her home in Bay Shore got the first notice from PSEG WorryFree telling her of the potential "thousands" in costs she faced if her underground water line burst.

Suffolk County police officer Avital Donnenfeld, greets the
Credit: James Carbone

Suffolk County police officer Avital Donnenfeld greets the Hoffman family -- Jason and Theresa Hoffman and their two children Nicholas, 12, left, and Ian, 6 -- at the First Precinct in West Babylon on Feb. 4, where the officer was honored for rescuing the family from their burning home on Dec. 31. Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone, is seen at left.

Grace Tribble, of Garden City, has a HydraFacial
Credit: Linda Rosier

Grace Tribble, of Garden City, has a hydra facial with medical aesthetician Nicole Habermann at Truth + Beauty in Roslyn Heights on Feb. 3.

Johan Acosta, 5 of Lisa Zizzo Kindergarten class
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Johan Acosta, 5, of Lisa Zizzo Kindergarten class from Dryden Street School, plays in the Thomas the Tank Engine fantasy land at the Long Island Children's Museum on Jan. 16 in Garden City.

John Bertucelli, Westbury, plays fetch with his Goldendoodle
Credit: Howard Schnapp

John Bertucelli, of Westbury, plays fetch with his goldendoodle Ralph at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Feb. 4.

"Quigley" the groundhog from STAR Foundation in Middle
Credit: Randee Daddona

"Quigley" the groundhog during his visit to the Quogue Fire Department on Feb. 2, makes his prediction that we will have an early spring.

Harvier Hunter and his girlfriend Rose Estrada, take
Credit: James Carbone

Harvier Hunter and his girlfriend, Rose Estrada, at Ronkonkoma Beach on Feb. 3, a mild winter day when temperatures in the 50s was predicted.

Donna Calderon and her husband Xavier Calderon of
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Donna Calderon and her husband, Xavier Calderon, of Seaford, enjoy a midwinter picnic on Feb. 3 at Jones Beach inside their new transparent tent which makes it feel like spring inside. 

Romario Campbell, of East Hampton, left, and Oscar
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Romario Campbell, left, and Oscar Parraga, both of East Hampton, play pool at The Clubhouse in East Hampton on Feb. 1.

A large turnout for Holtsville Hal at the
Credit: James Carbone

Holtsville Hal at the Holtsville Ecology site on Feb. 2 saw his shadow, which means we will have six more weeks of winter.

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