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

The Company They Kept, Edited by Robert Silvers & Barbara Epstein

"A memoir of a talented friend risks sentimentality," warns Robert Silvers, (editor of The New York Review of Books who edited w ith its co-founder, Barbara Epstein, until her death in 2006) in his preface.

Jeanne-Claude: Artist celebrated with her husband Christo for the pair's large-scale public artworks

Jeanne-Claude was the flamboyant half of the symbiotic artistic partnership known as "Christo and Jeanne-Claude". The couple are widely recognised for their ephemeral projects together, over more than 50 years, involving the large-scale transformation of public places, by wrapping in fabric, surrounding in material or the planting of brightly-coloured objects.

Stay the night: Hotel Le Bleu, Brooklyn

Go over the Brooklyn Bridge for luxury lodgings

Travel Challenge: A winter weekend in New York

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a long winter weekend in New York. Prices are for two people travelling together and include flights departing Heathrow on Thursday 3 December for New York JFK and three nights' room-only accommodation...

Radcliffe left running on empty

Injured Briton trails home in fourth to suffer her first defeat in a big city marathon

Paula chases hat-trick but plays catch-up with Grete

Radcliffe ready for today's big race in Big Apple after being hamstrung by injury

It's easy to keep up with the Jones boy – but then he is 54

GB's finest male marathon man lines up over 26 miles in New York next week

Trail of the unexpected: Birdwatching in Central Park

New York's Central Park has become an urban retreat for twitchers

BBCSO / Belohlavek, Barbican Hall, London<br/>Take the Risk, Purcell Room, London

We could have held a party for the composer's friends, but we just had a bag of M&M's

H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah,Wendi Murdoch, and Indra Nooyi: Maternal mortality needs to be at the top of every world leader&rsquo;s agenda

With the eyes of the world on New York for the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations, we welcomed more than 300 of the world’s most influential women for dinner on Wednesday night. The topic of conversation was an issue that needs to be at the top of every world leader’s agenda – maternal mortality.

Andrew Grice: Cutting Trident

New York. Gordon Brown has set a few hares running by disclosing that he intends to cut the number of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three when the system is upgraded. It has been seen in some quarters as the first major example of the spending cuts needed to reduce the public deficit.

Homeless Gaddafi forced to rough it in embassy quarters

Autograph hunters should try to get close to the red carpet if they want a token to remember from Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, arguably the most talked-about of all the heads of state who are due to arrive in New York for the annual gab-fest that is the UN General Assembly today.

Storm brewing over port expansion

Southampton fumes over Liverpool's bid to scupper its stranglehold on cruise trade

Matthew Norman: Smokers should be praised not banned

They contribute many billions more to the economy than they take in healthcare

No escape in New York for under-fire smokers

1,700 parks and 14 miles of beach may become cigarette-free zones
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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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The evolution of Andy Serkis

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Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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