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New York City firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze at 1717 W. Sixth St. in Brooklyn Wednesday. The roof of the building, a commercial furniture operation, fell in. (Peter J. Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


Serkan Ozkaya’s double-size, golden replica of Michelangelo’s David was toted through Manhattan streets on a flatbed trailer Tuesday, as part of its trip from Istanbul via New York to Louisville, Ky. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


A dancer auditioned Sunday in Manhattan for a spot in the Manhattan Youth Ballet’s Summer Intensive workshop. About 80 participants will take part in a three-week workshop in August. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Harriette Rose Katz looked through the Chanel handbags in a walk-in closet in her Upper East Side apartment Monday. Ms. Katz is a well-regarded event planner in New York City. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


The pizza of the day included shrimp as a topping one recent day at Da Mikele on Church Street in Manhattan. (Byron Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


The new Espresso Book Machine at work binding ‘Super Sudoko Variants’ at the Brooklyn Central Library. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Roman Baca, 37, of Astoria, worked with fellow dancers Meaghan Doherty, left, a 25-year-old Upper East Side resident, and Jennifer Cadden, 28, of Hell’s Kitchen, at Dany studios in Manhattan Wednesday. Mr. Baca, a former Marine, will teach dance to children in Erbil and Kirkurk, Iraq, in April. (Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal)


Honorees talked among themselves before the start of the sixth annual ceremony recognizing Brooklyn’s Extraordinary Women by Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes in Downtown Brooklyn Tuesday. This year 33 women were recognized. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

Fashion designer Isabel Toledo, shown here in her Manhattan studio in February, aims to use her own experiences to build a case against the corporate nature of the New York fashion industry, in her book ‘Roots of Style
Fashion designer Isabel Toledo, shown here in her Manhattan studio in February, aims to use her own experiences to build a case against the corporate nature of the New York fashion industry, in her book ‘Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion.’ (Byron Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


Dancer Christopher Klein, 21, right, on the court at a basketball game between St. John’s University and Syracuse at Madison Square Garden. For the last two years, he has been the lone male on the St. John’s dance team. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Friends of the High Line staff member Yvette Weaver helped at the start of the ‘spring cutback’ at the High Line elevated park in Manhattan Tuesday. Volunteers and staffers are trimming back the plants in preparation for spring. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal )


Artist Michael Riedel, left, and Paul Pisoni, director of production at the David Zwirner Gallery, discussed Mr. Riedel’s work as they prepared to install a piece at the gallery’s booth at The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan Tuesday. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal )


From left, Steven Holz, Michael Goldberg, Jonathan Cline and Ira Rothstein at H. Herzfeld Fine Men’s Haberdashery in Midtown. Step into the shop, barely noticeable on a busy East Midtown block, and you enter Old New York. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )


A new exhibition at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, called ‘Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,’ opened Wednesday and runs through June 3. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Sushi chef Akira Nakazana at work in the sushi bar of Lure Fishbar, 142 Mercer St. in Manhattan. (See related article.) (Byron Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


Brian Martin and Emily Riley enjoyed the warm weather in Manhattan’s Central Park Thursday, as temperatures pushed near 70 degrees. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

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New York Times photo­graph­er Libra­do Romer­o has spent the past few weeks staki­ng out New York City ‘roun­d midni­ght. As the city winds down there is a certain tender melancholy in the air, cloaked in shadows and soft light. A group performs at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem at 12:36 a.m. A horse-drawn carriage takes [...]

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Photographer Joel Sternfeld gave a lecture on Wednesday night titled What the High Line Meant and Means to Me. Currently there is still a half-mile section of the structure that has not been turned into a public park, because ownership of the property is still in limbo. The organization Friends of the High Line have been running a series of programs to draw public awareness to their cause, ultimately attempting to gain control of the section so it is not lost to developers. To further support this cause, Sternfeld showed a slide presentation spanning from his childhood in Belle Harbor, Queens to his most recent work, detailing his poetic love affair with the urban environment and the motivation behind his work. Most significantly, his 2001 book Walking the High Line, shot over a year (2000-2001) on the then undeveloped, overgrown rail structure that snakes above the west side of Manhattan. The book also includes a brief history of the High Line itself written by Adam Gopnik, which details the sites progression from a freight train track to its abandonment and its current resurrection as a public park.

Known as an early adopter of color photography, in his lecture Sternfeld showed how critical seasonality and light is to his photos, none of which could be documented without color. Instead of the over saturated images the contemporary eye is used to seeing, he relies on his own studied knowledge of color theory to compose each image. His palette is rooted in the Bauhaus concept of balancing color density, which is one of the most identifying elements of his landscapes and portraits.

Standing next to a large screen at the 14th Street entrance to the park Sternfeld went through his High Line images, explaining the process of the project he so lovingly undertook. Relying on neutral skies to showcase the beauty of time passing through the seasons, capturing everything from a blooming patch of grape hyacinth amid tall grass to a tiny Christmas tree that sat in a patch of cleared snow. The composition of all the images in Walking the High Line centers on a ‘path’ he followed along the abandoned railway, evidence of a forgotten journey that had been overshadowed by grasses and trees, but could still be traced by less dense patches of flora, or even different types of grass running parallel to the barely visible rails. Sternfeld mused about his childhood in Queens at a time when undeveloped lots were common, where children had the freedom to explore spaces that were unaffected by development, and even pointed out a woman in the crowd that had been his prom date in high school, nodding in agreement. To Sternfeld, the High Line is an extraordinary example of how the urban environment co-exists with both nature and time, moving and shifting along together.

Up-coming programs include gardening workshops, stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and screenings of movies (Some Like it Hot and Strangers on a Train are on the calendar for next two Fridays- both train themed movies). Most of the programs are free and open to the public. A full schedule can be found here.

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Police prepared to enter Arrow Wine & Liquor at 48th Street and Avenue N in Flatlands, Brooklyn, on Wednesday. Two men were taken hostage in an attempted robbery, but were released unharmed. In the end, two suspects surrendered. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal)


Jhonny Arteaga, a player for the soccer team F.C. New York, practiced at Mitchel Field in Uniondale Monday. The team was considered the underdog ahead of its match Tuesday against the Red Bulls in New Jersey, and lost, 2-1. (Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal)


A makeshift memorial stood on the football field at Truman High School in the Bronx after Isayah Muller, a star running-back on the school’s football team, was killed Tuesday. The 19-year-old was stabbed in a dispute just hours after graduating. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, at Sunday’s Gay Pride parade with his girlfriend, in white; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, far left; and openly gay elected officials including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in purple. Friday, Gov. Cuomo signed a law legalizing same-sex marriage. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


The risotto alla pescatore at Zero Otto Nove Manhattan. The new location for the Bronx-based restaurant is 15 W. 21st St. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal )


Workers painted a stretch of Times Square between 44th and 45th Streets on Thursday. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal )


Patrick Carrajat is the lifelong obsessive behind the one-room Elevator Historical Society, which had its grand opening on Wednesday in Long Island City. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Stage hands Bradford Olson, left, and Jarmel Cruz installed armrests inside a replica of the Royal Shakespeare Theater stage in the Park Avenue Armory Wednesday, ahead of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s six-week residency in Manhattan. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


The Perfect Storm, a blend of Jamaican Rum, lime juice, green-tea syrup, ginger syrup, soda and angostura bitters, is a standout at The Drink, 228 Manhattan Ave., in Brooklyn. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Participants at the Society of Illustrators’ Tuesday drawing class this week. At the group’s Tuesday night ‘Sketch Night,’ nude models are on the agenda. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Fifth-grade students at an awards ceremony on Monday at Harlem Day Charter School, which is being taken over by Democracy Prep Public Schools. Only one-third of the class is moving on to middle school. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Actors in an upcoming performance of the Shakespeare play “Henry V,” from left, Andy Paterson, Chance Anderson, Tim Bungeroth, Kevin Orton and Max Waszak rehearsed a fight sequence on Governors Island Tuesday. The show opens July 5th. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Deborah Young, co-founder of the Crown Heights North Association, inside St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, where her group regularly meets. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


The Astoria Pool in the borough of Queens welcomed hundreds of city residents this week. (Timothy Fadek for The Wall Street Journal)


In Washington Heights, Loew’s 175th Street Theatre opened in 1930. It functioned as a cinema until 1969, when it was saved from the wrecking ball by the charismatic televangelist Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, who bought it and converted it into his ‘Palace Cathedral.’ (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Tires for sale were piled high outside a shop just off 126th Street next to Citifield in Queens on Wednesday. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Children said goodbye to friends at P.S. 171 in Long Island City, Queens, Tuesday, the school’s last day of class before summer vacation. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

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Shen Wei Dance Arts rehearses a site-specific dance in the Charles Engelhard Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 31, 2011 in New York City. (Michael Nagle for The Wall Street Journal)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.), waited for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Thursday. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)


A group of young mothers, in an after pregnancy gym session with their children in Central Park. (Francesco Anselmi for The Wall Street Journal)

Jason Bay, #44, and Carlos Beltran, #15, of the New York Mets celebrated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on a base hit by teammate Ruben Tejada Thursday at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Pirates 9-8. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Police officers filed into a church in Newark, N.J., on Thursday for the funeral of William Johnson, the off-duty Newark police officer who was killed in a drive-by shooting last week. Mr. Johnson was standing at the counter of a fast-food restaurant in Newark waiting for a slice of pizza when he was shot along with two other people. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)


The hamburger, photographed at Miss Lily’s at 132 Houston Street in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

A peregrine falcon perched on a beam at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York Harbor Wednesday while another falcon soared through the air nearby. The bridge is home to a pair of the birds and their chicks. (Patrick Cashin/Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Members of the ROMEOWs (Retired Older Men Eating Out on Wednesdays) ate at Winly’s Restaurant in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Wednesday. The ROMEOWs graduated together from Brooklyn College in the 1950s and still meet for dinner every Wednesday as a social ritual. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

A woman lounged with her book on Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain in Manhattan Wednesday. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Second-graders in a French-speaking class at P.S. 58 in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn wrote stories and read books in class Wednesday. (Julie Platner for The Wall Street Journal)

The setting sun shone down Manhattan’s 42nd Street late Monday in the biannual event known as ”Manhattanhenge,” when the setting sun aligns itself with the city’s east-west grid and shines down all gridded streets at the same time. (Shen Hong/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

Members of the LAVA troupe rehearsed at their studio on Bergen Street Wednesday a June 2 performance at the FLEA theater. Founded in 2000 by Sarah East Johnson, LAVA develops original works that integrate athleticism, intellectual rigor, social commentary, and relationship exploration. (Julie Platner for the Wall Street Journal)


The miso cured salmon, photographed at Niko located at 170 Mercer St. in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Virginia state police investigated a bus that went off Interstate 95 in Bowling Green, Va., early Tuesday morning, en route to New York City’s Chinatown Four people were killed and several others injured. The driver faces a reckless driving charge and police say fatigue was a factor. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Associated Press)


A rat modeled the latest styles in a fashion show Tuesday at the first-ever Fancy Rat Convention, being held this week in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Rats in the fashion show wore everything from denim jumpers to wedding dresses. (Tom Callan/Caters News/Zuma Press)

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A dog shows off her acrobatic skills in Madison Square, a pilot soars over Long Island, and more in the week’s best photos from across Greater New York.


Georgia acrobatically retrieved tennis balls thrown by her owner Ronny Deaza in Madison Square Park on an overcast Monday. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


Lt. Col. John Klatt of the Air National Guard flew his AirGuard Extra 300L in formation over Long Island’s South Shore Tuesday in preparation for this weekend’s New York Air Show, which will be held at Jones Beach. (Benjamin Norman for The Wall Street Journal)


The scene where a marine was hit by a car and killed while crossing 12th Avenue at 48th Street during Fleet Week. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


The STREB Extreme Action Company performed at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building on Gansevoort Street in Lower Manhattan Tuesday. The 200,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in 2015. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Angela, left, and Carmine Marino, ages 2 and 4, played at Orchard Park Beach in the Bronx Friday afternoon, one day before the season’s official opening for New York City beaches. The Bronx Parks and Recreation Commission marked the 75th anniversary of the Bronx Riviera Friday. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


On Governor’s Island, ‘Figoulu’, is part of the exhibition ‘Mark Di Suvero at Governor’s Island.’ (Jacopo Quaranta for The Wall Street Journal)


Waxy Monkey Frogs perched on a branch in their enclosure at the American Museum of Natural History. The museum previewed a new exhibit called ‘Frogs: A Chorus of Colors’ Thursday. The exhibit features over 200 frogs and interactive educational displays. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Performers with Cirque du Soleil presented a segment called ‘Banquine’ at a preview for their latest show, ‘Zarkana,’ at New York’s Radio City Music Hall Tuesday. The show will run June 9-Oct. 8. (Mike Segar/Reuters)


Monitor Galalau and Monitor Quebrada at P.S. 142, where the New York Capoeira Brasil group staged its annual event. The five-day gathering ends in a ‘batizado,’ or christening, in which new members are initiated into capoira. (Barbara Saric for The Wall Street Journal)


Sailors stood on the deck of the USS New York as it passed the Statue of Liberty Wednesday to mark the start of the city’s Fleet Week celebrations, which run through Memorial Day. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


A delivery man brought balloons and a inflatable shark to the house where former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held under house arrest in Lower Manhattan Friday. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


Police officer Ken Moreno, center, and co-defendant Franklin Mata, right, spoke to the media outside Manhattan criminal court. Messrs. Moreno and Mata were acquitted of rape, but convicted of official misconduct. (Louis Lanzano/Associated Press)


‘Splotch 15’ is one of several large sculptures unveiled Tuesday in City Hall Park as part of a retrospective of the work of American artist Sol LeWitt. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


Tony Godino of Bedford, N.Y., left, paid his respects with a handful of dirt at the end of a ceremony Wednesday to rebury the mysterious 19th-century regional wanderer known as The Leatherman. His remains were moved from a roadside grave to more peaceful surroundings. (Craig Ruttle/Associated Press)


The New York Transit Museum’s antique train near the 167th St. Station in the Bronx, part of a nostalgia ride aboard antique IRT ‘Lo-V’ cars built between 1916 and 1925. (Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal)

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