BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 1, 2015:  Dick Shea takes a solitary dip in the water near the end of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual polar bear plunge on New Years Day. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 1, 2015:  Mike Spinelli of Staten Island sips from a bottle of Chivas Regal after diving into the cold water taking part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual polar bear plunge on New Years Day. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The Ne   ···  
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  Alexander Fitz poses for a portrait next to a tree outside his apartment in East New York. "I told my son one day when he came to New York one day, you have to grow strong like the tree," he says. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 1, 2015: Firefighters survey the area where an explosion and subsequent fire destroyed three buildings in East Village.   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24, 2014:  Erica Garner, one of the daughters of Eric Garner, and his mother Gwen Carr, react to the results of a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by F   ···  
BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 4, 2015: Nine-year-old Brandon Gonzalez salutes as a funeral procession passes by for NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu on 65th Street in Brooklyn. Mr. Liu was killed while on duty in December 2014 in Bedford-Stuyvesant. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson   ···  
BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 4, 2015:  A New York Police Department officer dons a black band across his badge on a rainy morning as officials make preparations for the funeral of NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu outside the Aievoli Funeral Home on 65th Street in Brook   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24, 2014:  The words "Mike Brown" are scrawled across the ground in what appeared to be red dye in Times Square in response to a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24, 2014: Protesters march across the Brooklyn Bridge as they demonstrate in response to a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by Ferguson police officer   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24, 2014:  Protesters demonstrate in Times Square in response to a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. CREDIT: S   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22, 2015: New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves 26 Federal Plaza while being driven to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 1, 2015: A flower is tied to a railing with crime tape near the scene of an explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed three buildings in East Village.   ···  
BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 11, 2015: Paula Livingston, the mother of Joscelyn Evering, a man who was traveling along with Gilbert Drogheo when he was shot and killed, speaks on the phone with her mother at her home in Brooklyn. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New Y   ···  
BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 3, 2015:  A view of a snow-covered Manhattan from the window of The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, a project of The Pratt Institute in Bedford-Stuyvesant. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12, 2014: Lt. Bill Ryan of New York City Fire Department Rescue Company 1 watches television coverage back at the station of his crew's rescue at 1 World Trade Center. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  Raul Ortiz poses for a portrait inside his home in Brownsville. Mr. Ortiz has a history of abusing crack and recently has been working on writing a novel and pursuing art projects. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Ti   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30, 2015: Beyonce listens to music alongside Jay Z as they look through the event space where they launched Tidal in the James Farley Post Office to announce the launch of the Tidal music service.   ···  
LONG ISLAND, NY - APRIL 11, 2015: New York Islanders fans celebrate a goal in the third period during their final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 1, 2015:  A flock of seagulls flies over participants and spectators after diving into the cold water taking part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual polar bear plunge on New Years Day. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26, 2015:  An Elmo character braves a winter snowstorm in Times Square. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 26, 2014:  Amanda Brown, the creator of a film titled 'Black Heirlooms,' poses for a portrait near her apartment in Crown Heights. Ms. Brown's film explores what happens to her family when they must divide her grandmother's estate.   ···  
BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 8, 2015: A young golfer pops out of a hole at the mini golf course at the Jewish Children's Museum on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 2, 2015:   Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson hangs out with his son Kenny before a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors at the Barclay's Center.   ···  
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 6, 2014:  NYPD officers march through Manhattan alongside protesters demonstrating against a grand jury verdict in the death of Eric Garner. CREDIT: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

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