From the picturesque scenes of Long Island to the iconic sites of New York, Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of New York. Here are some of the most compelling photos to appear on Newsday.com this week.
Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State
Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State Park. (July 6, 2013) (Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)
Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State
Temperatures reached the 90s at Jones Beach State Park. (July 6, 2013) (Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)
Clifford, a male reticulated giraffe celebrated his seventh
Clifford, a male reticulated giraffe celebrated his seventh birthday at the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville. (July 6, 2013) (Credit: Heather Walsh)

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Natalie Tromer, of Putnam County, seeks refuge from
Natalie Tromer, of Putnam County, seeks refuge from the hot, hazy and humid day at the beach in Long Beach. (July 5, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)
Sean Gillam, 13, finding enjoyment while riding his
Sean Gillam, 13, finding enjoyment while riding his boogie board from the Hot hazy and humid day at the beach in Long Beach. (July 5, 2013) (Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)
Val, a seven-year-old elephant who is part of
Val, a seven-year-old elephant who is part of the Cole Bros. Circus, gets cooled down on one of the hottest days of the summer so far, at Eisenhower Park. (July 5, 2013). (Credit: Newsday Jeffrey Basinger)
LONG BEACH, NY. FRIDAY JULY 5, 2013. Long
LONG BEACH, NY. FRIDAY JULY 5, 2013. Long Beach was crowded today with people trying to beat the day's high temperatures. (Credit: Alejandra Villa)
Central Mall lifeguards get together on one of
Central Mall lifeguards get together on one of the few, if not only, days where all of them are there. (July 4 2013) (Credit: Johnny Milano)

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The diverse and eccentric croud of beachgoers take
The diverse and eccentric croud of beachgoers take to Jones Beach for the Fourth of July to soak up the weather. (July 4 2013) (Credit: Johnny Milano)
Cole Bros. Circus elephants get hosed down during
Cole Bros. Circus elephants get hosed down during the heat of the day at Eisenhower Park. From left, Chang, Lulu and Val, the seven-year-old circus elephant (July 5, 2013). (Credit: Newsday)
A woman performs the field sobriety test after
A woman performs the field sobriety test after being pulled over for swerving in her vehicle on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore by Deputy Sheriff Brian Rasiak during his routine midnight D.W.I. enforcement patrol. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus
Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus Playground in the Inwood section of Manhattan as they try to beat the heat. (July 5, 2013) (Credit: Photo by Craig Ruttle)
Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus
Children run through the sprinklers at Anne Loftus Playground in the Inwood section of Manhattan as they try to beat the heat. (July 5, 2013) (Credit: Photo by Craig Ruttle)

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Children looking for releif rom the heat, run
Children looking for releif rom the heat, run into the spray of water provided by the Massapequa Fire Department Thursday at the Biltmore Beach Club in Massapequa on thursday. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)
John Galicka dances with others in a dance
John Galicka dances with others in a dance called 'Dancing into the Snake' at the July 4th celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage Thursday. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)
Logan Leocavallo, 1, watches the parade from his
Logan Leocavallo, 1, watches the parade from his stroller, along with his family (not visible in photo) at the July 4th celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)
Peter (Wheels) Halecky of Syosset takes a break
Peter (Wheels) Halecky of Syosset takes a break in front of the score board as the Brooklyn Eckfords' team played the Brooklyn Excelsiors in a throw back game from 1864, during the July 4th celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)
Alex Rabinowitz cools off with his dog Jax
Alex Rabinowitz cools off with his dog Jax in their family's backyard pool in Plainview Thursday. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Barry Sloan)
Sierra Woods, 2, of East Northport, watches the
Sierra Woods, 2, of East Northport, watches the Massapequa July 4th Parade as it heads down Lakeshore Blvd in Massapequa on Thursday. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)
For the first time since Superstorm Sandy made
For the first time since Superstorm Sandy made landfall, visitors, including Sofia Dagvadorj from Indiana, center, tour the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island as it reopens to the public on Thursday on Liberty Island. The Statue of Liberty, titled Liberty Enlightening the World, is located on a 12-acre island in New York Harbor and was a gift from the people of France. (July 04, 2013). (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Fred Dorrer stands in front of his flag-covered
Fred Dorrer stands in front of his flag-covered lawn as the Massapequa July 4th parade makes its way down Lakeshore Blvd in Massapequa thursday. (July 4, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)
Twelve-week old pigs participate in a race at
Twelve-week old pigs participate in a race at the Long Island Game Farm Wednesday afternoon in Manorville. The races go on until July 9, and resumes again in August. (July 3, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)
NYPD Detective Kevin Brennan is hugged by friends
NYPD Detective Kevin Brennan is hugged by friends and family on the 21st floor hallway of Brooklyn Supreme Court after Luis Ortiz was convicted of multiple charges. Brennan was shot in the head by Ortiz. (July 3, 2013) (Credit: Charles Eckert)
The Electrifying Herman Fasio performs under the big
The Electrifying Herman Fasio performs under the big top during the opening show of the Cole Bros. Circus at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The circus opened the first of several shows at the park. It advertises as the "world's largest circus under the big top." (July 3, 2013) (Credit: Chuck Fadely)
"Petya" hangs by her hair as she flies through the air. The Cole Bros. Circus will perform numerous shows on Long Island through July. (July 3, 2013) (Credit: Chuck Fadely)
A car, which was filled with fireworks, starts
A car, which was filled with fireworks, starts to ignite after being blown up by Suffolk County police emergency service officers at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank. The demonstration was to show the dangers of illegal fireworks. (July 2, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)
James Jennison Jr., 8, makes contact with the
James Jennison Jr., 8, makes contact with the ball during batting practice with his dad at Duckpond Drive Park in Wantagh. (July 2, 2013) (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein )
Nassau Police dedicate Marine 7 to fallen Det.
Nassau Police dedicate Marine 7 to fallen Det. Arthur Lopez in Wantagh. (June 29, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)
New York City Police Academy cadets celebrate at
New York City Police Academy cadets celebrate at the end of their graduation ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A total of 781 cadets graduated (July 2, 2013) (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Venomous Portuguese man-of-wars, native to the Pacific and
Venomous Portuguese man-of-wars, native to the Pacific and Indian oceans, have washed up in the Hamptons. (July 1, 2013) (Credit: Doug Kuntz)
Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks can't come
Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks can't come up with a ball hit for a triple by Omar Quintanilla of the New York Mets at Citi Field. (July 1, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)
Marlon Byrd, No. 6, of the New York
Marlon Byrd, No. 6, of the New York Mets, celebrates his ninth-inning game tying run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on July 1, 2013 in Queens. (July 1, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)
Visitors walk the beach while enjoying themselves at
Visitors walk the beach while enjoying themselves at the shore in Fire Island Pines, despite the rainy weather. (July 1, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
People view the first and second page of
People view the first and second page of an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson's hand, that is temporarily displayed in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room at the New York Public LIbrary in Manhattan. (July 01, 2013) (Credit: Charles Eckert)
A woman was taken to a hospital with
A woman was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries, officials said, after she jumped from a window to flee this house fire on Prospect Street in Amityville. (July 1, 2013) (Credit: Paul Mazza)
Workers stock the shelves of what will be
Workers stock the shelves of what will be Long Island's first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown. The store is set to open July 10. (July 1, 2013) (Credit: Barry Sloan)
In the first soap box derby held in
In the first soap box derby held in Sag Harbor since the late 1950s, Sag Harbor Girl Scout Emily Glass races down High Street. (June 30, 2013) (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
The 11th Annual Achilles International Five Miler race
The 11th Annual Achilles International Five Miler race in Central Park is shown. According to the Achilles International nonprofit group, the "race is a celebration of running that brings together athletes with and without disabilities." (June 30, 2013) (Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)
Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner marches in the
Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner marches in the New York City 44th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March along Fifth Avenue on Sunday in Manhattan. (June 30, 2013) (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Jennifer Gotay, 25, visits the site where her
Jennifer Gotay, 25, visits the site where her sister Carmen Rivera-Gotay was killed in a deadly crash on Walt Whitman Road in Melville. (June 30, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)
Participants march in the New York City 44th
Participants march in the New York City 44th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March along Fifth Avenue Sunday in Manhattan. (June 30, 2013) (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Shoppers seek cover from a Monday afternoon downpour
Shoppers seek cover from a Monday afternoon downpour at the Plainview Centre in Plainview. (July 1, 2013) (Credit: Barry Sloan)