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Milton Rogovin: Photographer who chronicled the lives of working people and impoverished Americans

Milton Rogovin, blacklisted during the McCarthy era, was an optometrist who went on to become one of America's best-known social documentary photographers. For more than 50 years, his award-winning photographs chronicled and championed the rights of the disenfranchised, the working class and the underprivileged. He called these people "the forgotten ones".

Duke of York to cut ties with Epstein

The Duke of York is to cut his ties with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein following ongoing controversy about their friendship.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Why do sparrows thrive in America but not here?

Last spring I spent some time in the US looking at birds in Washington DC and New York City. That's not such an improbable idea as it may seem, for both metropolises harbour parks with wonderful wild bird populations, especially in May, when I was there: Washington has Rock Creek Park, a 2,000-acre stretch of natural forest to the north of the city centre, while New York's Central Park is an 800-acre green glade in the forest of skyscrapers.

New York, as captured by the human camera

To say Stephen Wiltshire has an eye for detail is something of an understatement. While most of us would struggle to draw a single building accurately from memory, he can put an entire cityscape on paper after viewing it for just a few minutes.

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Sloane Crosley: 'Suddenly it’s become socially acceptable to talk, at length, about the weather. Enough, I say'

Chivalry isn't dead here in New York – it's just very cold. Yesterday I tried to hail a taxi, slipped on the ice, and scraped my hands on the pavement. A man nearby took one glance at me, opened the door of the cab and got in. I can't say I blame him – it was the first available taxi I had seen in 15 minutes.

Harriet Walker: 'New York is the pretty girl at school'

Turns out that Billy Joel wasn't wrong: there is such a thing as a New York state of mind, as I discovered when I was there last week on holiday. My boyfriend and I met up with some expat friends and some natives, in part because we wanted to see them, butalso so we could feel slightly superior to all the other tourists we saw shivering in Central Park buggies and taking pictures of office blocks with their cameras pointing to the sky.

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New York, I Love You (15)

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Most celebrated apartment block in Manhattan accused of racism

A beastly brouhaha has erupted at the Dakota Building, arguably the snootiest and most self-regarding apartment building in all of Manhattan, after one of its long-time residents filed a lawsuit this week accusing its managing board of straying beyond the bounds of familiar snobbery into outright racial discrimination.

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Woman who 'stole baby' due in court

A woman who raised a child stolen 23 years ago from a hospital in New York is in custody and due to face kidnapping charges.

Eric Cantona joins New York Cosmos

Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona has joined the New York Cosmos as their new director of soccer.

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