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Firefighters battled a fire on Jamaica Avenue in Queens on August 22. The four-alarm fire destroyed half a dozen businesses. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal)

Members of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby held a scrimmage at the High Line Rink on August 22. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

A bride in her wedding dress ran from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan in New York Tuesday as a 5.8-magnitude earthquake was felt along the East Coast. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. in Mineral, Va. (Getty Images)

‘Dialog in the Dark’ is a new experiential exhibit at South Street Seaport that allows visitors to experience New York City as they would if visually impaired. Everyone is given a cane to help guide them through a series of galleries that simulate various NYC landmarks. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Matzoh ball soup with fresh dill at the Second Avenue Deli on First Ave. at 75th Street. (Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal)

’Follies’ cast member Suzanne Hylenski wears one of Gregg Barnes’ creations backstage at the Marquis Theater. Mr. Barnes is the costume designer for the 2011 Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Celia Garay climbed the stairwell of her seventh-floor walk-up building in Manhattan on August 18. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

Paul Williams, the president and founder of the Inner City Handball Association, played his favorite sport at the St. John’s Recreation Center in Brooklyn on August 18. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal)

A triple-decker pastrami, corned beef and salami sandwich with Russian dressing is $23 at the Second Avenue Deli. (Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal)

Participants in the 31st India Day Parade cheered and danced as the crowd cheered back on August 21 in Manhattan. The parade route ran from Madison Avenue at 38th Street to Madison and 27th Street. (Julie Platner for the Wall Street Journal)

Eugene Flynn secured his sailboat Thursday at Gateway Marina in Brooklyn. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation of certain low-lying areas in New York City by 5 p.m. Saturday as Hurricane Irene approached. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street)

Sophie Garcia, left, and Ann Nguyen posed for photos at the Dîner En Blanc at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in Manhattan. (Astrid Stawiarz for The Wall Street Journal)

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LOOKING UP: Holden Orr, 6, watched as men weatherproofed his grandfather’s house in Mineral, Va., after the chimney was damaged when an earthquake struck Tuesday. The 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the East Coast from South Carolina to New England. (Sabrina Schaeffer/The Free Lance-Star via Associated Press)

MUD BATH: A boy played in mud near the Ravi River after a downpour on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Mohsin Raza/Reuters)

INSPECTING SHEEP INSPECTING SHEEP: A man inspected sheep at a market in Husum, Germany, Wednesday. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Zuma Press)

STOMP! People faced off against police officers in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday. Thousands of protesters rallied against the arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence declaration. (Sergey Dolzhenko/European Pressphoto Agency)

PUTTING THEIR HEADS TOGETHER PUTTING THEIR HEADS TOGETHER: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greeted a woman during his visit to a school for the blind in Friedberg, Germany, Wednesday. (Alex Domanski/Reuters)

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