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

Travel chaos continues in snow hit United States

Stranded passengers turned terminals into open-air hotels as they waited for planes to take off and land on plowed runways after a massive blizzard sucker-punched the northeastern US during one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Dark nights on Broadway

New York theatre is in crisis – with word of mouth so bad that shows are closing even before opening night.

Cosmopolitans, Manolo Blahniks, sex and the bright lights of New York City

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Blue period: Herman Leonard’s portraits of the biggest stars in jazz

The late photographer Herman Leonard captured the greats of the jazz era like no other, recalls his friend Reggie Nadelson

New York: Kermit goes super-size

A high-kicking Kung Fu Panda and a waving Kermit the Frog joined the giant balloon lineup as New York's Thanksgiving Day Parade unfolded yesterday, drawing tens of thousands of spectators to the annual extravaganza on a chilly, overcast morning.

Travel by numbers: Thanksgiving

This Thursday marks the biggest holiday celebrations in the US. Jonny Payne starts the countdown

Album: Gavin Bryars, New York (GB)

Percussion has long played a key role in Gavin Bryars' work, with a quintet of tuned percussion replacing violins in his first opera Medea, from 1984.

Sister, By Rosamund Lupton

Currently topping the Richard & Judy hit parade, Rosamund Lupton's highly charged domestic thriller centres around the close bond between two highly intuitive sisters.

Couples together apart: We're close...just not that close

Boris Johnson and his wife may be part of a growing trend of couples 'living apart but together', reports Virginia Ironside

Retro windows a must-have in New York

Crittall windows are the lastest retro trend to have hit America, and have become this year's must-have for New York's design lovers, says Juan Carretero

AIA Guide to New York City by Norval White, Elliot Willensky and Fran Leadon

In a brief, rapturous section of Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters, an architect shows two women some favourite buildings in New York City. This huge and gloriously entertaining book is like that snippet extended to 1000 pages. It encompasses Allen's selection of the Dakota Apartments on Central Park West ("a prestige address since this part of the City was thought as remote as Dakota Territory"), the Waldorf-Astoria ("grand and sedate art deco"), the Chrysler Building ("stainless steel not only burnished the lance-like spire and cowl... but formed the gargantuan radiator-top gargoyles") and the galleon-like windows of the New York Yacht Club ("a fanciful example of Beaux Arts design, baroque division"), but picks out different plums from the Big Apple. Considering the Woolworth Building, a Gothic tower built between 1910-1913 in lower Manhattan, the American Institute of Architects Guide declares, "only the Seagram and CBS Buildings have the combination of articulate architecture and massing to achieve similar drama." It also maintains that the Brooklyn Bridge is "New York's supreme icon and most wondrous man-made object." The Guide also finds space to praise the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park both architecturally and gastronomically: "One of the best new buildings in recent memory... the best burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes in the City".

Baltacha delight at top 50 spot

Elena Baltacha has broken into the world's top 50 for the first time after reaching the second round of the US Open.

George Pakenham: Man on emissions

Leaving your car's engine running might not seem like a crime. But it is – and an unlikely crusader is taking drivers to task. Sophie Morris hears his story
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