Lunar New Year is just beginning and more: Week in Pictures

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These kids at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens will get to pickup the long train of their dragon costume and make a grand entrance to the school's annual assembly welcoming the Lunar New Year.
For 10 years, the eighth-grade class at Highland Elementary School, a private school in Fresh Meadows, makes the trek to the "Today" show plaza in hopes of getting on TV. Last week, they got invited inside to meet Hoda Kotb and the show's other stars.
Tragedy struck in Woodhaven's Forest Park when an 11-year-old boy fell through the ice on the lake and drowned. A friend of the boy who'd been playing with victim is comforted at the scene by police officers and his mother.
At Queens College, a polling place opened for Ecuadorians living in the U.S. to vote in the South American nation's referendum to repeal to term limits for office holders, said to favor the country's current president.
An ancient Catholic ritual, the Blessing of the Throats, is performed by Rev. James Garcia at Blessed Sacrement Church in Jackson Heights using a special, double candle. The rite is intended as a blessing for the sick.
At the Queens Museum, the celebration of the Lunar New Year begins with a dragon dance and a crafts workshop where scores of kids learn the art of calligraphy.
This map of the area around Citi Field — in dark purple — shows the first parcel of land, about six acres or so, that is designated for affordable housing under the city's latest plan to redevelop long-neglected Willets Point area. The light purple area — 17 acres total — is yet to be spoken for.

By most estimates, one in four people living in Queens is of Asian descent. That makes Lunar New Year — the most important holiday in that part of the world — a big deal here. Like Christmas, it is more of a season than a holiday, The day itself is Feb. 16 but the celebration goes on for two weeks. At least. Meanwhile, the city has announced (again) what it plans to do with Willets Point, the neglected parcel of land next to Citi Field; a tragedy in Forest Park; and a surprise at the “Today” show also make up the The Week in Pictures.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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