News A man walks along a snow covered Cass Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the US northeast on Thursday and Friday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds

A second storm is set to hit the region over the next few days that could be even worse, just as the clean up begins

Ex-governor of New York Eliot Spitzer bows out as CNN anchor

Eliot Spitzer, the Wall Street-baiting former governor of New York, whose political ambitions ended in a prostitute scandal, has had his new career as a television anchor cut short after less than a year.

Album: Various Artists, Watch the Closing Doors (Year Zero)

Kris Needs, curator of the excellent Dirty Water punk-attitude compilation, here turns his attention to New York's "musical melting pot", with a projected five-volume series of double-disc sets, this first covering the years 1945-59.

New York gay couple can finally marry after 60 years

After waiting for more than six decades, the groom can be forgiven a touch of last-minute nerves as he prepares to stand at the altar and solemnly utter his vows.

Governors Island: The city's secret garden

Once a military base, Governors Island now serves as a summer retreat for daytrippers from Manhattan. Kunal Dutta takes a trip across the Hudson

Make the Manhattan transfer

City Slicker - New York: Beat the summer sun to the streets of New York. Kate Simon offers ideas for new and returning visitors

My Life In Travel: Alek Wek, model

'The travelling process is all in the anticipation'

My life in travel: Fay Ripley, actress and cookery writer

'Sydney has the best food in the world'

Sloane Crosley: 'If you should see a thin rivulet of liquid trickling down concrete in Central Park, stay away. That’s not water'

Last week I was in a taxicab in Seattle, headed into town from the airport. Suddenly the car in front of mine came to a stop. My driver cursed. He explained to me that the drawbridge was going up and it almost never goes up at "this hour". I do not hail from a land of drawbridges – despite living on an island in New York, there's a real dearth of water that's not hanging around in concave pavement or springing forth from a fire hydrant. (If you should see a thin rivulet of liquid trickling down concrete in Central Park, stay away. That's not water.) Thus, a drawbridge is a novelty for me. Not only did I not mind waiting – an unusual mental state for me in the back seat of a taxi – but I craned my neck to look at the boat in question.

New York woman set fire to daughter in ritual

A woman in New York has admitted setting fire to her young daughter during a voodoo ritual, scarring her body, prosecutors said.

Police say New York may have two serial killers

Police in Long Island who earlier this spring rang the alarm about a possible serial killer preying on prostitutes and dumping their remains along lonely stretches of a beachside road now believe they are looking at the gruesome work of at least two murderers or possibly more.

Travel Challenge: A weekend in the Big Apple

Each week we invite three competing travel companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-night trip to New York between 20 and 22 May. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together.

Grete Waitz: 'First Lady of the Marathon', who won nine times in New York and twice in London

Early on a Sunday morning on Staten Island in October 1978, a volunteer on a yellow NYC bus collecting kit bags from runners about to compete in the New York Marathon was handed a bundle from a slight, nervous-looking blonde. He looked down and saw that her race number, 1173, had only been scrawled in pen, a late addition to the field.

Between The Covers: 17/04/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

New York steps up serial killer hunt after more remains found

More body parts have been discovered among scrub and bushes along a windblown stretch of beachfront road on southern Long Island, injecting further urgency into efforts by police to break what appears to be one of the grizzliest serial killer cases seen in the New York City region for decades.

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The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on