A player holds two petanque balls. The game originated in France and resembles Italian bocce ball, but New Yorkers of all nationalities and professions gather in Bryant Park to join in the game. jimd_stock/iStockphoto hide caption

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An opponent of a proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero shouts his opposition during a community board meeting in lower Manhattan in May. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Stacks of books sit ready for thriller aficionados convened in New York for ThrillerFest 2010 — a four-day genre geek-out for writers, aspiring writers, and fans. hide caption

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Nina Pike sits at one of the street pianos and improvises a piece. Margot Adler hide caption

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An auction worker in London stands in front of the Jasper Johns painting 'Flag' at an exhibition of the late Michael Crichton's art collection set up by Christie's auction house. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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