Empire State Building sues Allen Henson for $1m over topless photoshoot

Court papers say Mr Henson took the pictures for commercial purposes

Kevin Cook, 25, handed his three-year-old phone over to the armed mugger the bemused thief gave it straight back

Disappointed mugger hands outdated flip phone straight back

The choosy Central Park mugger took one look at the three-year-old Windows phone and gave it back to his victim

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Man survives falling in front of New York subway train by ducking down beneath tracks as carriages thunder inches above his head

55-year-old miraculously escapes with only mild bruising to his left hand

Bernie Madoff cried as he revealed fraud, jury told

Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 charges of fraud and is serving a 150-year prison sentence.

World's largest floating vessel - bigger than Empire State Building launches

The world's largest floating vessel 'The Prelude' launches from a dock in South Korea

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Alec Baldwin is to testify against an alleged stalker in New York

Alec Baldwin to testify against alleged stalker in New York court

The actress said she wanted to conceive a 'mini Baldwin' with the actor

Letters: Why people still distrust the press

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The Stature of Liberty was one of the monuments affected by the shutdown

US shutdown: ‘I don’t understand it, there’s no excuse for this is there?’ More bewilderment than disappointment for tourists

For the Hedbergs, a family from Sweden visiting New York, the sign at the head of the path that leads down to the ferries to Liberty Island – home to the Statute of Liberty – was more cause for bewilderment than disappointment.

'They saved my life': Sian Green thanks bystanders for help after New York taxi crash

24-year-old had part of her left leg amputated below the knee

High culture in New York City: The Empire State Building - a landmark that looks like $1bn

The famous skyscraper will form the centrepiece of a real estate investment trust that is being lined up for a listing

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