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 Agenda: Autumn Walking Week; Thames Revival weekend; New York; The One Room Hotel

Today: Autumn Walking Week begins on Jersey, with a free programme of countryside, coastal and history walks led by experienced island guides (Jersey.com). And in the capital, The Thames Revival weekend gets underway in St Katherine Docks with classic boats, live music, vintage fashion, Thames crayfish stalls and more (thamesrevival.com).

Jonathan Groff: Rock Hudson for the 21st century

Six years ago he was working as a waiter. Now, thanks to breakthrough roles on Broadway and on television, he's about to make his West End debut

Simon Calder: A Jimi Hendrix experience on the Isle of Wight

The man who pays his way

Britons in New York

Previously unseen portraits by photographer Jason Bell, inspired by the 120,000 British men and women living in New York City, go on display at the National Portrait Gallery next week.

My Life in Travel: Emily Woof, actress

'I love walking in the Lake District'

The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick, By Elizabeth Hardwick

The earlier stories in this collection are wonderful. The power of them isn't evident in any one line but gathers slowly, often sneaking in under cover of irony. The characters – a mix of upper-class intellectuals and down-at-heel bohemians – might present well to each other, but Elizabeth Hardwick is not fooled. Concisely, and without sentiment, she shows the knife twisting in the heart of each tale, and forces her cast to confront it.

Out of the city: New York State's top ten attractions

So many visitors to New York never make it out of Manhattan, let alone out of the five boroughs of the city. While NYC is a vibrant and exciting place to visit, there is so much to see and do in New York State. So, for a taste of this country's real culture and beauty, spread your wings and take some time out from the bright lights.

New Yorkers can't flee city's bed bugs – even in the Hamptons

It used to be the exploding population of rats in New York City that gave everyone the creeps, but today it's a different urban infestation that is gripping the imaginations – not to say sucking the blood – of its residents. The city does sleep occasionally, which is when the bed bugs come out to play – lots and lots of them.

Falling branch kills six-month-old baby

A six-month-old baby was killed yesterday and her mother injured by a falling tree branch at New York's Central Park Zoo.

New York stories: The immigrants' tale

Simone Kane goes off the main museum trail to visit two new spaces celebrating the city's diverse community

Dom Joly: Hell is other people being oh so calm. Omm....

Everyone has a personal vision of hell. I used to think that it was something along the lines of being stuck in a lift with (insert your bête noire here) for an indeterminate period of time while experimental jazz was played on a loop through crackly speakers.

Album: New York Philharmonic, Weill: Die Sieben Todsünden; Berg: Lulu Suite (Teldec/Warner Classics & Jazz)

Weill & Brecht's The Seven Deadly Sins and Alban Berg's Lulu share a fascination with the decay and degradation of the human spirit in a decadent age.

New York man shoots 3 month old son

A young father with a long criminal history, including assault charges, fatally shot his 3-month-old son in front of state troopers yesterday morning, then was shot and critically wounded by officers.

World Trade Centre search finds human remains

New York City officials say a renewed search this year of debris in and around the World Trade Centre site has recovered 72 human remains.

New York is just a concrete jungle. Tell it to the birds

What are the main sights in Manhattan and Washington DC? Rose-breasted grosbeaks and magnolia warblers, of course, says Michael McCarthy
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