Top New York News Photos of 2011

From celebrity stunts to political ploys, sporting events, parties, concerts, crimes and corruption, see amazing news photos from across the Empire State.

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A casket containing the body of NYPD Det. Peter Figoski is carried out of a church during his funeral in Babylon. The NYPD veteran and father of four daughters was killed during a botched robbery in Brooklyn.
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Human remains discovered in a marshy area on Oak Beach are positively identified as those of missing Jersey City resident Shannan Gilbert on Dec. 17. The search for Gilbert, who vanished in May 2010, led to the discovery of 10 sets of remains along Ocean Parkway that police deem the work of a serial killer. Authorities say Gilbert's case is unrelated.
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Peter Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran (inset right), was shot and killed Dec. 12 with an illegal semi-automatic weapon (inset left) while responding to a robbery in Brooklyn.
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Sanitation workers pile debris from the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, after police ordered protesters to leave. Police handed out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Occupy Wall Street protesters clash with police near Zuccotti Park after being ordered to leave their longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police handed out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Protester Brent Schmidt of Brooklyn, N.Y., is arrested by police near the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York, early Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police handed out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.
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Dado Firehiwot, of Ethiopia, crosses the finish line first in the women's division at the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.
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Wearing Bermuda shorts and sneakers without socks, homeowner Vinny Frisina looks over a downed tree that collapsed on top of his car during Saturday's October snowstorm in Cortlandt, N.Y., while surveying storm damage on Sunday Oct. 30, 2011. The bizarre storm knocked out power to thousands, caused transit havoc and has been blamed for multiple deaths throughout the tri-state area.
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Relatives of those killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing rejoice at news Libyan dictator Moammar Khaddafy has been killed on Oct. 20, 2011.
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Columbia University students Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, left, and Quitze Valenzuela-Stookey react with other demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests as the announcement that they would not have to leave the park for a cleanup crew was made, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 in New York. The cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending cheers up from a crowd that had feared the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Demonstrator affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests confront New York City police officers as they march on the street in the Wall St. area, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 in New York. The cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending cheers up from a crowd that had feared the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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A New York City police officer shoves a demonstrator affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests as they march through the streets in the Wall St. area, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 in New York. The cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending cheers up from a crowd that had feared the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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New York City police officers arrest a demonstrator affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests after they started marching through the streets near Wall St., Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 in New York. The cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending cheers up from a crowd that had feared the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Police officers try to restore barricades after Occupy Wall Street protesters tried to get past them and march to Wall Street in Oct. 5. Thousands of protesters, including many in union T-shirts, filled lower Manhattan's Foley Square on Wednesday and then marched to Zuccotti Park, where the protesters have been camping since Sept. 17.
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A British woman dies when the helicopter she is in with four other people crashes and sinks into the East River on Tuesday, October 4.
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A most-wanted murderer who has been on the run since he escaped a New Jersey prison and hijacked a plane from Detroit in the 1970s has been caught after an investigation that spanned four states, three continents and four decades. FBI and New Jersey officials tracked hunted killer George Wright to a town outside Lisbon, where Portuguese authorities arrested him Sept. 26. NBC New York was first to report the end of the 41-year-old cold case.
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Matthew Francis, 22, was sentenced Sept. 26 to two years in prison for an anti-gay attack at a bar where a 1969 riot became a defining moment in the gay rights movement.
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Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z announces Sept. 26 that he will be the new face of the Nets marketing campaign to lure fans to Barclays Center. He also said he would open the stadium with several concerts next fall.
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Filmmaker Michael Moore visits the "Occupy Wall Street" protest in Zuccotti Park on Sept. 26. About 80 protesters were arrested over the weekend.
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Freed Americans Josh Fattal, at podium, and Shane Bauer, right, speak about their two-year ordeal in Iranian prison in Manhattan on Sept. 25.
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Willow the Cat, the renowned kitty who was found in Manhattan five years after the disappeared from her Colorado home, is reunited with her original owners on Sept. 23.
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Eight children are abducted from a child services agency in Queens Sept. 19 by their biological mother, who flees with the children and their father. After leading the police on a week-long manhunt, the family is found. The parents are taken into custody and the children, in good condition, are returned to child services.
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: (R-L) U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife Jill Biden attend the "A Concert For Hope" event, hosted by Washington National Cathedral, to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2011 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The United States is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: A rose and U.S. flags stand among a list of victims' names during tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2011 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
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Mets fans Nick Giampietro, of Ridgewood, N.Y., and Sal Candiano of Baldwin, N.Y., right, hold an American flag and sign in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Citi Field in New York.
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City workers move garbage from outside of flooded homes on August 31, 2011 in Wallington, New Jersey. New Jersey was especially hard hit by Hurricane Irene with thousands of residents forced into shelters due to flooded homes and many more still without electricity as rivers and creeks overflowed in the aftermath of the storm. President Barack Obama, who plans to visit Paterson, New Jersey on Sunday, has signed a disaster declaration for five counties in New Jersey, making residents eligible for federal assistance.
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A woman and her baby look out over a flooded street on August 31, 2011 in Wallington, New Jersey.
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A man stands outside his flooded home on August 31, 2011 in Wallington, New Jersey, after Irene dumped record rainfall and flooded the Passaic River.
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NBC reporter Peter Alexander attempts to broadcast from the windswept Coney Island boardwalk in New York as Hurricane Irene became intensified Sunday, Aug. 28 2011 in Coney Island section of New York. Irene made landfall as a Tropical Storm in Coney Island.
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Streets of Long Beach Island, N.J. are flooded after Hurricane Irene moved through the area Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Rivers and creeks surged toward potentially record levels late Sunday as Irene, just the third hurricane to come ashore in New Jersey in the past 200 years, charged to the north and left behind a mess and a sense that the state got off relatively easy.
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The MTA implemented a system-wide shutdown for the first time in history in preparation for the storm.
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Crowds stand on Wall Street after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011.
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Suzanne Beatty comforts her son Quentin Beatty, 7, on a street in TriBeCa after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011 in New York, United States. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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A news ticker in Times Square comments on an earlier earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City.
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The sexual assault case against former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dropped August 23, 2011, primarily because the maid told prosecutors lies unrelated to the case during questioning, which put her integrity as a witness in jeopardy.
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Scattered storms Aug. 15 followed a record rainfall that soaked the tri-state, causing flooding throughout the area. John F. Kennedy Airport reported 7.8 inches Aug. 14, the most ever recorded there in a single day. The National Weather Service said the driving rain broke the previous record of 6.3 inches, set in 1983.
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One of the five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 13 was from the Bronx. Christina Santiago, 29, died after the apparatus fell on the crowd before a Sugarland concert in Indianapolis. Her partner, Alisha Brennon, was severely hurt in the accident.
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Four more deaths from last month's eight-day heat wave have been ruled heat-related, including three people in their 30s. The announcement from the city medical examiner Aug. 12 brings the total of heat wave deaths to 11.
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An animal on a mission to escape from a Queens slaughterhouse on Aug. 10 led butchers on a chase through busy streets before being captured at a nearby college.
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Former New York Governor Hugh Carey died Aug. 8. He was 92.
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Charla Nash, as she looked before being mauled by a friend's chimp in 2009, and in a photo released Aug. 11 following her successful face transplant.
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Singer Gavin DeGraw is released from the hospital Aug. 10 after being assaulted following a night drinking in the East Village.
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Former NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno (center) is sentenced to one year in jail on a misconduct judge on August 8. He and his partner, Franklin Mata, far right, were previously acquitted of rape. Two days later, Mata was sentenced to two months in jail for misconduct.
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Police arrest Jose Hernandez, 18, in connection with nearly a dozen gropings on the Upper East Side and near Central Park, on August 9.
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Newark appoints its first female police chief, Sheilah Coley, Aug. 3.
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Voters in Nassau County overwhelmingly rejected a referendum Monday, August 1 to borrow $400 million for the construction of a new hockey arena and ballpark.
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Newly minted Jet Plaxico Burress pals around with his new Gang Green teammates at practice on Monday, August 1.
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Gov. Chris Christie is taken to the hospital for breathing problems on Thursday, July 28. He is later released.
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Gov. Chris Christie's office that the governor had dinner with Fox News chief Roger Ailes on Sept. 11, 2010.
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A water main break in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx shut down portions of Jerome Avenue on Wednesday, July 27.
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Leibby Kletzky, 8, was walking home alone from camp for the first time on July 11 when he asked a stranger for directions. That man is accused of murdering the young boy, dismembering his body, and hiding some of his remains in his freezer. The tragedy also sparked debate among parents about how young or old a child should be to walk alone.
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Levi Aron is arraigned before Judge William Miller in Brooklyn criminal court Friday, July 15, 2011, in New York. Aron, 35, is charged with luring 8-year-old Leibby Kletzky to his home on Monday, and then smothering him and chopping him up when he learned that a search was under way for the missing child. Detectives found the boy's feet in Aron's freezer.
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The casket carrying Leibby Kletzky, 8, is carried through a crowd of mourners for a funeral service in Brooklyn.
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Federal prosecutors fouled out on July 13 in the perjury trail of former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens when a judge declared a mistrial after the government introduced evidence that had been barred.
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Jeter celebrates at home with teammates Jorge Posada #20, Mariano Rivera #42, Alex Rodriguez #13 and Curtis Granderson #14 after hitting a solo home run in the third inning for career hit 3,000.
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Christian Lopez smiles as he speaks about catching New York Yankees' Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit ball at a press conference after the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, July 9, 2011.
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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, right, poses with Christian Lopez at a news conference after Lopez caught the 3,000 hit by Jeter during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Lopez gave the ball to Jeter.
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A view of the 2011 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks on July 4, 2011 in New York City.
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The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, leaves his Tribeca apartment with his wife after a judge lifted his house arrest July 1.
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Revelers celebrate in Manhattan's west village following the passing of the same sex marriage bill by a vote of 33 to 29, Friday, June 24, 2011, in New York. Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that was narrowly passed by state lawmakers Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay rights movement was born.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacts after same sex marriage was legalized after a vote in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Friday, June 24, 2011. The legislative victory, one of many in Cuomo's first term, sparked speculation about a possible presidential run in 2016.
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New York State now joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa and Washington, D.C. in legally recognizing gay marriage.
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In this undated evidence photo released by the Manhattan District Attorney�s Office, a broken pipe intended to supply water to firefighters in case of a fire is seen in the Deutsche Bank building in New York. Three construction supervisors and a company employed to help dismantle the hi-rise that was damaged in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World trade Center, are on trial for manslaughter after two firefighters died in August 2007 while fighting a fire in the structure. Prosecutors maintain that they are responsible for removing the section of pipe and causing the death of the firefighters when they had no water suppress the flames. (AP Photo/Manhattan District Attorney�s Office)
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A man with a black backpack walked into a Long Island pharmacy on June 19, 2011, and killed four people -- two employees and two customers -- before fleeing with 10,000 painkillers.
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David Laffer, a suspect in the shooting deaths of four people at a pharmacy, is escorted out of Suffolk County Police Headquarters on Wednesday.
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Melinda Brady, wife of David Laffer, accused pharmacy shooter, also faces charges.
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Protesters for and against the same-sex marriage bill protest in the halls at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Monday, June 20, 2011. The bill passed the Assembly and is one vote shy of passage in the New York State Senate, analysts say.
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Actress Cynthia Nixon, left, New York Rangers' Sean Avery, center, and Brian Ellner from Campaign for New York Marriage, right, talk with reporters after asking lawmakers to pass legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. The Assembly passed the bill and the Senate was just one vote shy of legalizing the measure.
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Anthony Weiner announces his resignation from Congress during a news conference in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Weiner resigned after a scandal spawned by lewd photos of himself that the New York lawmaker sent online to numerous women.
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Anthony Weiner speaks to the media during a news conference in New York, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Weiner resigned from Congress, saying he cannot continue in office amid the intense controversy surrounding sexually explicit messages he sent online to several women.
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The H&H Bagels store on the Upper West Side announced on June 22 that it is closing its doors.
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A convicted sex offender named Jeffrey Ritter, who had arrests in several states, was arrested June 3 in the brutal sexual assault of an elderly woman on the Upper East Side.
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U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., reacts during a news conference in New York, Monday, June 6, 2011. After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married.
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Andrew Breitbart, who runs BigGovernment.com, speaks to members of the media on June 6 before a press conference held by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), in which Weiner both admitted to having numerous sexual relationships online while married, and apologized to Breitbart, at the Sheraton Hotel on 7th Avenue on June 6, 2011 in New York City. Breitbart, whose publication was one of the first to break the story of Weiner's sexual conduct, was accused of lying.
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Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner leaves a press conference where he confessed that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married at a press conference in the Sheridan Hotel in midtown, Monday, June 6, 2011, in New York.
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Plaxico Burress was released from prison June 6. The former Giants wideout was released from the Oneida Correctional Facility after spending two years jailed on weapons charges. There has been speculation the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Burress will sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. He wore a Phillies cap when he left prison.
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The Knicks announced on June 3 that Donnie Walsh will not return as the team's president. He had spent three years at the helm. The Knicks and Walsh said the decision was mutual.
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Egyptian banker Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar, 74, (center) was arrested May 31 on sexual assault charges for allegedly fondling a maid at a posh Upper East Side hotel. His arrest came just weeks after former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on charges of sexual assault in connection with an attack on a hotel maid at the Sofitel.
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Former Yale University laboratory worker Raymond Clark III was sentenced June 3 to 44 years in prison for killing Yale graduate student Annie Le.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: International Monetary Fund chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is placed in the backseat of a police vehicle outside of a New York City Police Department facility on W 123rd St. It was reported that the International Monetary Fund has named John Lipsky as acting managing director after its chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in connection with the alleged sexual attack of a maid at a Midtown Manhattan hotel.
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After seven days of deliberations, a jury on May 26 acquitted New York City Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata of rape and burglary charges but slapped them with three misdemeanor charges for official misconduct. They were both fired from the force.
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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court, Thursday, May 19, 2011. A judge set bail at $1 million and approved an elaborate arrangement under which the 62-year-old diplomat and banker would be confined to a private apartment in Manhattan and monitored by armed guards.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Anne Sinclair (L), wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and daughter, Camille Strauss-Kahn, leave court following Dominique Strauss-Kahn's grand jury indictment at New York City's State Supreme Court on May 19, 2011.
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A resident of lower Manhattan holds up a sign where former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest May 20, 2011 in New York City. Strauss-Kahn was arrested on May 14 on sexual assault charges stemming for an incident with a maid at a Manhattan hotel. Strauss-Kahn was expected to announce a presidential bid in France in the coming weeks. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
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United Airlines and the MTA were the focus of scrutiny over this ad just blocks from ground zero. The ad, which read "You're going to like where we land" had some New Yorkers saying the sign is insensitive because it is so close to where United Flight 175 struck the south tower on 9/11.
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The MTA quickly replaced the ad after NBC New York questioned the placement of the message. The transit authority also said it was a third party vendor who originally put the ad above the Cortlandt R stop.
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Dharun Ravi, 19, who is accused of secretly recording and playing the sexual tryst online of a Rutgers University roommate who later committed suicide pleaded not guilty to hate crime charges in the case that drew national attention to issues of gay-bashing and bullying.
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The ASPCA said it found no evidence of cruelty or neglect to a dog known for panhandling outside Citi Field. The pup, named Coffee, isn't mistreated nor is she constricted by her costume, experts concluded.
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Elaine Kaufman, namesake of Elaine's, announced that she will be closing the doors to her famed eatery.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) speaks as New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly (L) listens during a press conference about the break-up of a suspected terror plot against New York synagogues on May 12, 2011 in New York City. The pair, who were of Algerian and Moroccan descent, were arrested with the weapons and had expressed a desire to attack areas synagogues. Since the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden over a week ago, New York Cit
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Perched on another's shoulders, Ryan Burtchell, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, center, waves an American flag over the crowd as they respond to the news of Osama Bin Laden's death.
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People celebrate at ground zero after news of the death of Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
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The three young children (from left Lance Pierre, 2; Laianna Pierre, 11 months, Landen Pierre, 5) who drowned when their mother drove her minivan into the Hudson were remembered at a private funeral service on Monday, April 25, 2011.
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Billionaire co- founder of Galleon Group Raj Rajaratnam enters Manhattan federal court, Monday, April 25, 2011, in New York.
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Wearing hats, Christian Freedom, left, and Amy Russell pose for photographers as they take part in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue Sunday April 24, 2011.
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Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, right, reacts as he squeezes between New York Knicks guard Anthony Carter and another player during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2011. The Celtics won 101-89, sweeping the series.
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In this image released by Fox News Sunday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks as he is interviewed by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday on Sunday, April 24, 2011, in Washington. Bloomberg calls real estate tycoon Donald Trump a friend and says "anybody can run for president if you're 35 and an American citizen."
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Kathyann Latchman, 13, second from right, holds up a jelly fish she found during a beach clean-up at Gateway National Recreational Area in New York, on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2011.
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Parking ticket scandal alleges NYPD officers, including high-ranking officials, "fixed" parking violations. Photo taken April 22, 2011 as scandal unfolds.
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Lucas Gabriel, 14, left, a 9th grade student at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, N.J., and Noreen Tomassi, executive director for the Center for Fiction, tour the organization's book collect on Friday, April 22, 2011, in New York. Gabriel donated 10,000 books he collected for distribution to city schools through the center's "Books for NYC Schools" program. "It's incredible the amount of books we were able to get," said Gabriel, who had set a target of 5,000 books, but got twice the amount in a week.
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In this undated evidence photo released by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, a broken pipe intended to supply water to firefighters in case of a fire is seen in the Deutsche Bank building in New York. Three construction supervisors and a company employed to help dismantle the hi-rise that was damaged in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World trade Center, are on trial for manslaughter after two firefighters died in August 2007 while fighting a fire in the structure. Prosecutors maintain that they are responsible for removing the section of pipe and causing the death of the firefighters when they had no water suppress the flames.
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A boat ramp where a woman drove her minivan into the Hudson River is seen in Newburgh, N.Y., Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The woman, who had just been involved in a domestic dispute, loaded her four children into a minivan Tuesday night before letting one out and driving the rest of them into the Hudson River, firefighters said. The woman and three young children were killed.
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Emergency personnel search in the brush with the help of a ladder on a fire truck near Oak Beach.
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Mega Millions lottery winners cut a cake that is a replica of their $319 million winning ticket during a news conference in Schenectady, N.Y., on Thursday, March 31, 2011. From left are Leon Peck, Kristin Baldwin, Mike Barth, New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega, Tracy Sussman, John Kutey, Gabrielle Mahar ad John Hilton. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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Pallbearers carry the casket of former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro into the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer where a funeral mass is being held March 31, 2011 in New York City. Former Democratic congresswoman Ferraro was the first major-party female to run for U.S. vice president.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright departs the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer where a funeral mass was held for former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro March 31, 2011 in New York City. Former Democratic congresswoman Ferraro was the first major-party female to run for U.S. vice president.
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Curtis Granderson #14, Alex Rodriguez #13, Mark Teixeira #25 and Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees celebrate their 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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Lucy Wainwright Roche during the Bridge To Japan: Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Benefit at City Winery on March 31, 2011 in New York City.
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Atmosphere during the "Treme: The Complete First Season" at Best Buy Union Square on March 31, 2011 in New York City.
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A discount bus waits for passengers for a trip to Philadelphia from Manhattan on March 30, 2011 in New York City. After a series of recent accidents, one of which killed15 and injured more than a dozen others on March 12 on the Westchester County-Bronx border, discount bus services have come under intense scrutiny. The popular bus services take passengers on routes to Boston, Washington DC and numerous southern cities for discounted rates. The Department of Transportation (DOT) said it inspected 164 buses following the crash and found violations in 41 cases. A Senate subcommittee will meet this afternoon to consider whether new protections such as seat belts or mandatory driver training are needed in federal law.
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In celebration of Zynga's new chapter in FarmVille - FarmVille English Countryside -- farmers and their herd of sheep parade down Broadway while taking in Wall Street landmarks on March 29, 2011 in New York City.
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Snoop Dogg performs at the Box on March 29, 2011 in New York City.
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Chef Anne Burrell (R) serves dinner at the Food Bank for New York City's Community Kitchen of West Harlem on March 25, 2011 in New York City.
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The UN Security Council holds a consultation meeting on the situation in Libya at United Nations Headquarters March 28, 2011 in New York City The UN Security Council is reviewing the sanctions it imposed on Libya as NATO takes command of military operations against Libyan military.
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HISTORY's launch of the Swamp People "Taste Of The Bayou" food truck in NYC with Louisiana's Cajun Ambassador to the world Chef John Flose on March 28, 2011 in New York City. The new season premieres on March 31st.
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A shirt bearing the name of a victim is held at a ceremony at the site of theTriangle Shirtwaist Factory fire March 25, 2011 in New York City. The ceremony marked the 100 year anniversary of the fire which killed 146 immigrant workers, most of them young women. Workers were locked into the factory during their shifts, preventing escape. New Yorkers watched in horror from below as workers leapt to their deaths from the windows above. Public outcry over the tragedy led to nationwide debate on workers rights and safety regulations and helped pave the way for strong workers unions.
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People attend a ceremony at the site of theTriangle Shirtwaist Factory fire March 25, 2011 in New York City. The ceremony marked the 100 year anniversary of the fire which killed 146 immigrant workers, most of them young women. Workers were locked into the factory during their shifts, preventing escape. New Yorkers watched in horror from below as workers leapt to their deaths from the windows above. Public outcry over the tragedy led to nationwide debate on workers rights and safety regulations and helped pave the way for strong workers unions.
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An Asian woman sits in her clothing stall in Chinatown on March 25, 2011 in New York City. According to the 2010 census count released yesterday, New York City's population reached 8.175 million, lower than the 8.4 million that city officials expected the number to be. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with other city politicians, has challenged the bureau's findings and may take the issue to court. Among the other census findings are that the number of black New Yorkers has declined by 5 percent since 2000 and that the number of Asians increased by 32 percent.
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Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle (C) hugs his mother while wife Nancy San Martin watches after arriving to New York, following his release from captivity in Libya, March 24, 2011 in New York City. Raedle, along with AFP journalists Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, were released after being taken at gunpoint while covering the uprising in Libya. The three journalists were released by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on March 22, 2011.
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The cast of "The Book of Mormon" during the curtain call on the opening night of "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway at Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011 in New York City.
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends a Security Council meeting where the situation in Libya was discussed on March 24, 2011 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The Secretary General gave a report on developments of the no-fly zone over Libya which was adopted by the Security Council adopted last Thursday.
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Celebrity AIDS activist Suzanne Africa Engo tattoos Dame Elizabeth Taylor's name in honor of her contribution to HIV/AIDS on March 23, 2011 in New York City.
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Passengers wait to get onto a discount bus headed to Boston on March 22, 2011 in New York City. After a series of recent accidents, one of which killed15 and injured more than a dozen others on March 12 on the Westchester County-Bronx border, discount bus services have come under intense scrutiny. The popular bus services take passengers on routes to Boston, Washington DC and numerous southern cities for discounted rates. The Department of Transportation (DOT) said it inspected 164 buses over the weekend and found violations in 41 cases .
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Actress Bianca Del Rio attends the Broadway opening night of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical" at the Palace Theatre on March 20, 2011 in New York City.
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Al Sharpton speaks onstage at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The New York Marriott Marquis on March 19, 2011 in New York City.
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A goose swims along the Hudson River in front of the Indian Point nuclear power plant March 18, 2011 in Buchanan, New York. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has calculated that the U.S. nuclear plant with the greatest risk of being struck by an earthquake is Indian Point, located 24 miles north of New York City. The nuclear emergency at Fukushima Dai-ichi has promted renewed concern about Indian Point.
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(L-R) Diana Taylor, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly march in the 250th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011 in New York City.
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: A littel boy (R) marches with bagpipers in the 250th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Emergency personnel investigate the scene of a bus crash on Interstate-95 in the Bronx borough of New York Saturday, March 12, 2011. At least 13 people died when the bus, returning to New York from a casino in Connecticut, flipped onto its side and was sliced in half by the support pole for a large sign.
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Under heightened security, Rep. Peter King opened hearings March 10, 2011, into Islamic radicalization in America, dismissing what he called the "rage and hysteria" over the hearings. The matter of the hearings sparked controversy across the nation and raised concerns about whether they would incite hostility abroad.
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Donald Trump performs onstage at the Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 9, 2011 in New York City.
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Mike Coburn #31 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights shoots against Paris Horne #23 of the St.Johns Red Storm during the second round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2011 in New York City.
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Writing is seen on a steel plate on the 55th floor of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero March 9, 2011 in New York City. Construction continues at the Ground Zero site on the signature skyscraper, with workers up to nearly sixty floors of the building's planned 104-story height.
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Head coach Mike Rice of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights gestures from the bench during the game against the St.Johns Red Storm during the second round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2011 in New York City.
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Stars of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade � Spiderman, Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer, Snoopy, Mr. Potato Head and a Turkey attend a rally to keep the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route in Times Square on March 9, 2011 in New York City.
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Dustin the Clown takes part in the Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey "Fully Charged!" juggling display in Times Square on March 9, 2011 in New York City.
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A worker carries rope on a platform near the current top of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero March 9, 2011 in New York City. Construction continues on the signature skyscraper at the site of the September 2001 terror attacks, with workers up to nearly sixty floors of the building's planned 104-story height.
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Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan (R) leads Ash Wednesday mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on March 9, 2011 in New York City. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and involves the placing ashes on the foreheads of Christian believers as a sign of repentance which occurs 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter.
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Actress Melissa Joan Hart (C) poses with Kellogg's characters during National Breakfast Day in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on March 8, 2011 in New York City.
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Actor Thom Allison attends the unveiling of the official cupcake of "Priscilla Queen Of the Desert The Musical" On Broadway at Magnolia Bakery Rockefeller Center on March 8, 2011 in New York City.
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A Manhattan wine bar rated with a Health Department "A" grade is seen March 7, 2011 in New York City. Preliminary results from the initial six months of the city's new restaurant health grading system indicate that restaurants are taking steps to improve their food safety practices. Of restaurants that received an initial "B" grade, 44 percent of them implemented enough improvements to earn an "A" grade on their second inspection.
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Clown Harry Moehler and Book Kennison partake in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Alley take over of Herald Square on March 4, 2011 in New York City.
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An empty parking lot is seen at New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Jets and New York Giants, March 3, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Last minute negotiations between the NFL owners and its players union are being held as the two sides face a midnight deadline to avoid a possible lockout next season.
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A financial professional works behind a computer screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchage at the end of the trading day March 3, 2011 in New York City. Stocks closed up after an unexpected drop in new applications for unemployment benefits and an increase in retail sales.
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Work continues on the World Trade Center site and the 9-11 memorial March 1, 2011 in New York City. Government spending cuts passed by the House would cut grants for antiterrorism work by $22 million at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority assumes responsibility of the One World Trade Center. The Port Authority recently announced that construction on the building had reached the halfway point at the height of the 52nd floor in what will eventually be a 104-story building.
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The side of a gas-electric hybrid taxi cab is seen March 1, 2011 in New York City. The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal in a case that ends mayor Mike Bloomberg's four-year fight to force the yellow-taxi industry in New York to fully replace its 13,000 vehicles with gas-electric hybrids.
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Cal Ripken, Jr. promotes his new book "Hothead" at Borders Columbus Circle on March 1, 2011 in New York City.
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(L-R) Victoria's Secret models Lily Aldridge, Erin Heatherton, Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, and Chanel Iman attend the Victoria's Secret debut of the New "Incredible" Bra at Victoria's Secret, SoHo on March 1, 2011 in New York City.
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The student choir from the New York City/Staten Island School PS 22 performs onstage at the end of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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Geurra Morales holds an actual Oscar award statue during the Meet the Oscar Exhibit at Grand Central Terminal on February 27, 2011 in New York City.
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Demonstrators rally in front of city hall in solidarity with union workers across the country on February 26, 2011 in New York City. Early yesterday morning, Wisconsin's assembly passed a controversial bill that would restrict most government workers from collective bargaining.
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Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh arrive at their wedding reception at The Plaza Hotel on February 25, 2011 in New York City.
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Egyptian demonstrator Amal Khamis (R) has her face painted with a message reading "Free the Mid-East" at a rally supporting anti-government protesters in the Middle East outside United Nations headquarters February 25, 2011 in New York City. The demostrators called for regime change in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and other countries.
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A controversial anti-abortion billboard picturing a young African-American girl with text stating "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb," is seen February 24, 2011 in New York City. The mother of the six-year-old girl in the photograph wants the Texas-based anti-abortion group Life Always to take the billboard down. NBCNewYork first reported the story.
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People walk near One World Trade Center as seen from the World Financial Center February 24, 2011 in New York City. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently announced that construction on the building had reached the halfway point at the height of the 52nd floor in what will eventually be a 104-story building.
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Members of New York City municipal unions brandish signs as they march around City Hall (background) February 24, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of unionized city workers gathered around City Hall to show their solidarity with unionized workers in Wisconsin who are fighting against reduced benefits in state budget battles.
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General view of the Jumbo Screen Oscar display in Times Square on February 24, 2011 in New York City.
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In his debut game as a Knick, Carmelo Anthony #7 shoots the ball over Andrew Bogut #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2011 in New York City.
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General view of atmosphere during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards - "Meet The Oscars" New York at Grand Central Terminal on February 23, 2011 in New York City.
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The New York Stock Exchange is illuminated with Rotary International's pledge to End Polio Now, part of the humanitarian service organization's worldwide public awareness campaign supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the New York Stock Exchange on February 23, 2011 in New York City. Rotary clubs this year selected 20 iconic buildings and landmarks spanning five continents for the annual light displays during the week of Feb. 23, Rotary's 106th anniversary. Since 1988, Rotary has raised more than US $1 billion and has helped to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries, reducing the incidence of polio by more than 99 percent.
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People look on before the start of an auction of the estate of Lena Horne, including an abstract painting by African American artist Charles Alston (L), at Doyle New York February 23, 2011 in New York City. More than 200 lots of fine art, gowns, jewelry, photographs and other items from Lena Horne�s Manhattan home are being auctioned today. Horne began her professional life at 16 as a performer in Harlem�s Cotton Club and became one of the world�s top jazz singers and a prominent civil rights activist.
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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the closing bell February 22, 2011 in New York City. The Dow fell 178 points as the unrest in Libya has sparked fears that Middle Eastern turmoil could affect oil production. Oil topped as high as $98 a barrel earlier in the day.
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United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe gives a press conference about the situation in Libya outside the UN Security Council at the United Nations February 22, 2011 in New York City. The council held an urgent meeting as world attention swung toward the latest Arab state to undergo civil unrest. In a statement earlier today, Moamer Kadhafi refused to stand down as the Libyan leader, stating 'I cannot leave my country, I will die a martyr', following days of unrest and protest across Libya.
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Kimora Lee Simmons poses with students from P.S. 208 at the 3rd Annual Bounty Make A Clean Difference Program at Alain L. Locke Elementary - P.S. 208 on February 18, 2011 in New York City.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers the fiscal year 2012 budget, at City Hall February 17, 2011 in New York City. According to reports, despite a rise in tax revenue, Bloomberg will still seek to eliminate thousands of city teachers to help close a $4.5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes.
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A poodle backstage at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2011 runway show hosted by FIJI Water, official bottled water of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Exit Art on February 17, 2011 in New York City.
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Scottish deerhound Hickory poses for photographs near the trophy after winning best in show during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011 file picture traders work at the New York Stock Exchange. The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange says it has agreed to combine with the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse. The deal announced Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011, will create the world's largest financial exchange owner. Deutsche Boerse shareholders will own 60 percent of the new company. Shareholders of NYSE Euronext Inc. will own the rest. The deal will give NYSE Euronext a larger footprint in the more lucrative business of trading in futures and options contracts. The boards of both exchange owners signed off on the deal, but it must still be approved by shareholders and regulators. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Models walk the runway at the Milly by Michelle Smith Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For IMG)
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Two people walk arm-in-arm in Central Park West near Central Park after an overnight snowstorm January 27, 2011 in New York, United States. Winter-weary New York was struck with 15 inches of new snowfall overnight, closing down the New York public school system and setting a record amount of January snowfall.
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Passengers wait for the AirTrain at John F. Kennedy Airport on January 27, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of flights were canceled and delayed due to a winter storm that dropped up to 19 inches of snow.
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Dragon dancers perform during the 12th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on February 06, 2011 in New York City. The year of the rabbit began on February 3. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
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A man shovels out his car on a snowy street on January 27, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York, United States. New York City, still reeling after the Christmas blizzard, closed public schools and limited public transportation following another heavy snowstorm. As of 2am eastern time, Central Park had received a total for January of 32.3 inches which breaks an 86-year-old record for the month. For much of the northeast this has been one of the snowiest winters in over a decade.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks in Grand Central Terminal at a hearing about high-speed rail networks January 27, 2011 in New York City. Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeec gathered in the historic train station to hear Bloomberg, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and others speak about the feasibility of building high-speed rail lines in the northeastern United States and elsewhere.
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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (L) speaks in Grand Central Terminal while Petra Todorovich (R) of the Business Alliance for Northeast Mobility looks on at a hearing about high-speed rail networks January 27, 2011 in New York City. Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee gathered in the historic train station to hear Rendell, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and others speak about the feasibility of building high-speed rail lines in the northeastern United States and elsewhere.
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Ahmed Ghailani, the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial, was sentenced to life in prison January 25 for his role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
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Victims Megan Waterman (top left) of Maine, Amber Lynn Costello (top right) of North Babylon, Melissa Barthelemy (bottom left) of the Bronx and Maureen Brainard Barnes of Norwich, Conn. A serial killer is blamed for at least four deaths in Suffolk county, district attorney Thomas Spota has confirmed. The bodies of three women who had been dumped on a remote beach were identified January 24 as escorts who posted advertisements for their services on Craigslist.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shakes hands with Martin Luther King III after a speech about gun laws January 24, 2011 at City Hall in New York City. Bloomberg, speaking along with Martin Luther King III, called for existing gun laws on the books to be enforced more rigorously and said that 34 American a day are killed in gun-related incidents.
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Shaun Suisham #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers kicks a successful kick against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Jets lost 24-19, marking their second straight AFC Championship Game loss and the death of their dreams for the Super Bowl.
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Willie Mays, center, talks with students at PS 46 in Harlem, next to the site of the former Polo Grounds, where the new York Giants played before moving to San Francisco in 1958, on Jan. 21, 2011 in New York City. The Giants hadn't won the World Series since 1954.
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A worker uses a small bucket loader to clear a cul-de-sac in downtown January 21, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Another snowstorm struck New York City overnight, but road-clearing crews were out in force and the city only experienced minimal disruptions.
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Hundreds of relatives, friends and even strangers gather to honor slain Lakewood, N.J., police officer Christopher Matlosz in a candlelight vigil. Matlosz is reportedly the first Ocean County police officer killed in the line of duty.
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New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke attends the 25th annual Brooklyn tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 17, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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Musical group, The Persuasions, perform during the 25th annual Brooklyn tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 17, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates with fans after the Jets defeated the Patriots 28 to 21 in their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Mark Sanchez makes history as the first NFL quarterback to defeat Colts QB Peyton Manning and Patriots QB Tom Brady in back-to-back playoff matchups.
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Disney Characters attend a special skating experience with Princess Wishes and children from The Sunshine Kids at Citi Pond in Bryant Park on January 14, 2011 in New York City.
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The Queen Mary 2 cruise ship is seen near a fireworks display January 13, 2011 in New York City. Three large ocean liners - the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth - met at the foot of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor after dark January 13 and watched a fireworks display visibile from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.
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Marchers participate in the Haiti Solidarity March and Call to Action event on January 12, 2011 in New York City. The march, which started in Time Square and ended outside the U.N. also involved a stop at the Haitian Consulate where six men and four women being arrested.
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A fan of the New York Jets holds up a Jets Jersey which reads "Super Bowl 45" against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16.
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A man walks down the middle of West 4th Street on January 12, 2011 in New York City. The second major snowstorm of the season to hit New York City began yesterday in the last hours of the evening.
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A school bus makes its way down a snowy road in a Brooklyn neighborhood following a storm January 12, 2011 in New York City. A winter storm again struck snow-weary New York and much of the Northeast, though city efforts to clear the snow were increased and public schools stayed open.
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Phyllis Schenk (inset) from New Jersey was among the six slain the alleged assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona on January 8, 2011.
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Christopher Tierney attends a performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" at Foxwoods Theatre on January 7, 2011 in New York City.
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In this photo provided by NBC Universal, homeless man Ted Williams appears on NBC's "Today" show, in New York, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Williams, who was living in a tent near a highway in Columbus, Ohio, just days ago, was in New York for an emotional reunion with his 90-year-old mother, media appearances, and to do some commercial voiceover work. On the "Today" show, he described his previous 48 hours as "outrageous."
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A construction worker looks over Ground Zero and the lower Manhattan skyline from the eastern face of 1 World Trade Center January 6, 2011 in New York City. The tower has reached 52 floors, roughly halfway to its final height. Workers are adding nearly a floor a week to the building which will be the tallest in New York when it is completed in 2013.
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The Statue of Liberty is seen as a ferry passes at sunset January 5, 2011 in New York City. In 2010, New York City drew a record 48.7 million visitors, making the city the number one U.S. tourist destination for the second year in a row.
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PeTA volunteer Dana Silvester takes part in the "Bare Skin, Don't Wear Skin" PeTA protest at The Rink at Rockefeller Center on January 5, 2011 in New York City.
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Parishioners may have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving Holy Communion at a Catholic church on Long Island than previously thought, health officials warned January 5.
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Cathleen Black (L), the new chancellor of the New York City school system, visits a fifth grade classroom during a tour of PS 262 on January 3, 2011in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The former chairwoman of Hearst Magazines spent her first day as chancellor visiting five schools in all five New York City boroughs.
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Head coach Rex Ryan and Nick Folk #2 of the New York Jets celebrate with fans after they defeated the Buffalo Bills 38 to 7 at New Meadowlands Stadium on January 2, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets finished the season 11-5 for the fourth time in franchise history and head to the playoffs for the second year in a row.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at his inauguration in the War Room at the state Capitol on January 1, 2011 in Albany, New York. In attendance were Governor Cuomo's girlfriend Sandra Lee, his daughters Michaela, Mariah and Cara and his parents former Governor Mario M. Cuomo and Matilda Cuomo.
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A woman celebrates after participating in the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day swim at Coney Island on January 1, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club claims itself as the oldest winter bathing organization in the U.S. and attracts hundreds to the beach for the annual swim in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Giants won the game 17-14 but missed the playoffs.
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Confetti flies through the air in Times Square just after the annual ball drop January 01, 2011 in New York City. This year a 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball descended a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2011.
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A view of the atmosphere during New Year's Eve 2011 with Carson Daly at Times Square on December 31, 2010 in New York City.
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: A model walks the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 583 Park Avenue on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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