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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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Men dove into the Hudson River for the swim portion of the New York City Triathlon on Sunday. More than 3,000 participants raced through a rainy start. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )


Andrew Maziarski, left, a Parks Department intern, cleaned the sculpture of Chester A. Arthur in Madison Square Park Wednesday. Parks Department staff cleaned and waxed historic sculptures as part of the department’s Citywide Monuments Conservation Program. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Artist Agata Oleksiak, also known as Olek, with her large crocheted piece, ‘Keith Meets Arch of Hysteria’ at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Her show opened on August 10th. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal )


Eddie Clendening posed for a portrait outside of the New World Stages theatre on 49th Street. Mr. Clendening plays Elvis Presley in ‘Million Dollar Quartet.’ (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Brandon Belen, 14, hit a punching bag at John’s Boxing Gym on Westchester Avenue in the South Bronx. The gym attracts boxers from 10-year-old amateurs to professionals with multiple titles. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Shukri Islamovic, owner of Euro Club Cafe, encouraged his parrot, Dino, to speak Wednesday in front of his restaurant in City Island, New York. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


The yakitori at Isakaya on Smith in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal)


Sunshine Rivera, 6, paddled with her brother, Gareth, 11, at the Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn. During the summer, the National Park Service provides free kayaks and lessons for anyone who wants to try. (Kevin Hagen for the Wall Street Journal)


Michael Fabian painted the building where Roulette, a nonprofit arts organization, will take residence at 509 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. Roulette’s new performance season begins in September. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


William Corwin set up his chessboard sculpture in the Clocktower Building on Leonard Street, Tuesday, before a chess match between international master Irina Krush and grandmaster Robert Hess. The game, which the artist is calling a living sculpture performance, is part of Mr. Corwin’s residency project at ARTonAIR.org, called ‘Auroch’s Library.’ (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Brown rice salad with beets, purslane, and fresh mettowee cheese at Eat in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal)


Christopher Chan, 10, center, practiced his putting Thursday while receiving instruction from Gregg Gaulocher, the director of CityParks Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn. The center, adjacent to the Dyker Beach Golf Course, has its own six-hole course and is the first free comprehensive golf facility for youth in the nation. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal.)

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A peacock created a minor stir on Fifth Avenue when it escaped from the Central Park Zoo on Tuesday and decided to take up residence on a fifth-floor window ledge at 65th Street. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


A tour group of parents and pre-kindergarten children from TimberRidge Family Center in Armonk, N.Y., sat in the Yankee dugout during an official tour of Yankees stadium in the Bronx Thursday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Sharon Rowe, mother of Jawara Henry, and lawyer Gary Douglas spoke during a press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday. A supervisor at a state-run psychiatric center on Staten Island was charged in the death last year of Mr. Henry, an autistic patient undergoing treatment at the facility. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Shrimp and scallop scampi at the Berkeley Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market in Seaside Park, N.J. ( Bill Denver for The Wall Street Journal)


An NYPD officer hugged his daughter Tuesday during his promotion ceremony at One Police Plaza. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


Jada Bell, left, the eldest daughter of the deceased Sean Bell, drew pictures Monday with friends Shataira Thomas, center, and Ashley Davis at the Sean E. Bell Community Center in Jamaica, Queens. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


High school student Gabriella Mayfield competed in the Teen Masters bowling competition Wednesday in the Vanderbilt Hall at Manhattan’s Grand Central Station. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Robert Darling stood in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing a sandwich board advertising his desire for a wealthy woman to be his wife. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Rob Cooper, the owner of Associated Lightning Rod, gave a demonstration atop the Aire, a new 43-story, 450-foot residential skyscraper at 150 Amsterdam Ave., about how newly installed lighting rods will work. (Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal)


The seaweed salad at Cocoron Soba on 61 Delancey Street in Manhattan. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Workers prepared to move a lift Wednesday as they added finishing touches to a 47-foot M&M piñata in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Ave. The piñata, supposedly the world’s largest, is for a celebration for the one-year anniversary of M&M Pretzel. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


People waited in long lines for the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Thursday. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


The faces of famous figures adorn room keys at the Blue Moon Hotel at 100 Orchard St. in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The quirky eight-story building is for sale. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

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Girls cool off in a pool in the Bronx, fans watch the Women’s World Cup final on a screen in Times Square, a microlibrary lends books in Brooklyn and more in this week’s best photos from across Greater New York.


Sisters Ivelise, left, and Jadalyn Acosta jumped into the ‘Floating Pool Lady,’ a seven-lane public pool on a barge in Barretto Point Park in the Bronx, on Monday to stay cool. (Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal)


Spectators watched the Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan at 44th and Broadway in Times Square on Sunday. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal)


A crane lowered Ladder 3, a fire truck that responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11, into the exhibition space for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Wednesday. The memorial is scheduled to open in time for the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (Andrew Gombert/EPA)


Jose Reyes, the star shortstop for the New York Mets, played in a game for the Mets Class A affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones against the Lowell Spinners in Coney Island Monday. Reyes, who was rehabbing his hamstring, went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. (See related article.) (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


An instructor held up a dragonfly as students Janae Laster, center, and Niyea Simeon, right, watched. The City Parks Foundation’s ‘Green Girls Summer Institute’ took a class of preteen girls to Strack Pond in Forest Park, Queens, Thursday to catch and study insects. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Colin McMullan held a hand-made book at the Corner Library, a microlibrary at the intersection of Leonard and Withers streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (See related article.) (Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal)


Profiteroles at Rouge et Blanc at 48 MacDougal Street in Manhattan. (See related article.) (Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal)


Nicholas Taylor, left, and Michael Holman of the band Gray rehearsed at the New Museum on Monday afternoon before a performance Thursday night. The band, which was founded with legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, makes industrial sound music. (See related article.) (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


An artistic re-imagining of a World War I fighter plane is stationed on the roof of 77 Water Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. (See related article.) (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal )


Costumes hang at the TDF Costume Collection at 601 W. 26th. Street in New York. Many costumes from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows end up here after closing night. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal )


The LongHouse Reserve, a nonprofit museum/sculpture garden, hosted its annual Summer Gala in East Hampton Saturday. Pictured here, chair sculptures. (See related article.) (Mimi Ritzen Crawford for The Wall Street Journal)


Marc Williamson is the store manager at J.J. Hat Center, at 310 Fifth Avenue in New York. (See related article.) (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

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