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Community space opens at Park51

The organizers of an Islamic community center and mosque in lower Manhattan are opening a temporary space at the site not far from the World Trade Center.

The newly remodeled community space on the ground floor of the building owned by Park51 is scheduled for a grand opening Wednesday. A photo exhibition will be the first public program.

The rest of the Park Place building has yet to be renovated. The developer has said it will be years before the project, envisioned with a mosque, health club and theater, is completed.

The photographs, by artist Danny Goldfield, are of children from around the world now living in New York.

Katerina Lucas, Park51 chief of staff, said she hopes the exhibit will show those opposed to the Islamic center what kind of space it is meant to be.

Taxi advertisers rally against opt-out rules

New York taxi advertisers are protesting the city's decision to allow drivers who own their cabs to veto racy taxi-top ads.

The advertisers gathered Sunday outside the city Taxi and Limousine Commission's offices in lower Manhattan.

The drivers objected to ads for strip clubs and businesses that promote what they deem as objectionable content.

The commission has ruled that if a cabbie owns his car, he's allowed to opt out of ads like those touting gentleman's clubs citywide. Previously, the owner of the taxi medallion, not the car, had a say about the contents of roof ads.

Many taxi owners do not own the medallion.

At least 3 killed in weekend shootings

Three men were killed and two others injured in separate shootings across New York City.

A 27-year-old man was found just after 11 p.m. Saturday on Batchelder Street in Brooklyn with several gunshots to his torso. Police said Avery Kelly was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

Another man was killed and two others wounded in a shooting on Rockaway Avenue in Brooklyn shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. The injured men were hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

In Queens, police said 25-year-old Lucien Lee Brown was killed after being shot several times on 107th Avenue about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Tot, parents reunited after SUV heist

A New York City couple got a scare this weekend when a thief drove off in their SUV with their 2-year-old son still in the backseat.

The theft happened Saturday morning in the Bronx. Police said the child's mother was loading groceries into the vehicle outside a supermarket when a man jumped into the driver's seat and hit the gas.

The thief apparently realized what happened and stopped the car, took the boy out of his car seat and left him in the street, police said.

The boy's father ran up the block to retrieve him as the SUV sped off, police said.

Police were still looking for the SUV over the weekend.

Alexander Hamilton's old home reopened

The former home of founding father Alexander Hamilton has reopened to the public after a four-year closing for rehabilitation that included moving the 209-year-old house from a busy upper Manhattan street to a Harlem park.

The Hamilton Grange National Memorial was rededicated Saturday in St. Nicholas Park, the landmark's site since a 2008 move from Convent Avenue near West 141st Street in the nearby Hamilton Heights neighborhood. The National Park Service said it moved the house to give it a more historically appropriate setting.

After fighting in the American Revolution and helping to create the federal government and then serving as the first U.S. Treasury secretary, Hamilton built the house in 1802 on what was a country estate. He lived there for two years before being killed in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr.

Compiled from wire reports

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