Hurricane Sandy has left devastation in its wake

New York City tries to come back life amid storm chaos

New York City struggled to return to normal life after superstorm Sandy, managing a partial resumption of mass transit amid a landscape of miles-long traffic jams, widespread blackouts and swarms of marooned residents.

Editorial: Sandy could tip the balance

Given the widespread devastation, it is no surprise that the Obama administration has designated Hurricane Sandy a "major disaster". The "superstorm" – the largest in the Atlantic since records began in 1851 – beat a path nearly 1,000 miles wide across one of the most populous parts of North America, winds of more than 80 miles-per-hour spreading destruction from Massachusetts to the Carolinas.

Hurricane Sandy: Uptown, they described it as 'mostly hype' - but then came flying metal and flooded streets

In his second dispatch from New York, our correspondent describes the changing mood as Hurricane Sandy batters the East Coast of America

Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 1740 UTC, churns off the east coast as it moves north

Gallery: Hurricane Sandy in pictures

Hurricane Sandy has already battered the Caribbean, with winds topping 100mph, killing 66 people. Today it is forecast to make it's way across the east coast of the US.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at the charity dinner

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: A battle of wits – but who’ll have the last laugh?

Obama and Romney return to the campaign trail after light relief at charity dinner

Light up: Reynards

East of the river in New York City

Room service: Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

Page with Mathew Horne in 'Gavin & Stacey'

Gavin and Stacey set for US remake

Will it be 'lush' or leave audiences angrily demanding: 'Oy, what’s occurring?'

John Lennon drawings go on show in New York

Beatles fans can see another artistic side of John Lennon in New York this week.

Britain’s got talent: One Direction have made a lot of fans across the Atlantic

One Direction and The Wanted: If they can make it there...

British boybands One Direction and The Wanted have taken the US – and the pages of The New Yorker – by storm. Tim Walker charts their stateside success

Bob Birch: US bassist who became a mainstay of Elton John's band

"I couldn't ask for a better gig. The music is fantastic, the bass lines are classic, and Elton is a gem..."

Michael Dokes fought heavyweight greats such as Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe

Boxing: Former world champion Dokes dies from liver cancer, aged 54

Former world heavyweight champion Michael Dokes, 54, has died after losing his battle with liver cancer.

Lichtenstein's 'Electric Cord', bought in 1970 for £750 and now said to be worth £4m

Court blocks sale of Lichtenstein work that was reported stolen 40 years ago

A painting by the prominent pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has been discovered more than four decades after it went missing, and has sparked a legal battle to make sure the work, worth £4m, does not disappear again.

Postcard From...New York

Views from abroad

City in a spin as mystery monster washes up on New York riverbank

Appearance of bloated pig-like creature with five toes sparks online frenzy

Actress Katie Holmes who is divorcing Tom Cruise after five-years of marriage

Katie Holmes to star in new Broadway play 'Dead Accounts'

Katie Holmes will be returning to the Broadway stage in her first major project since announcing her divorce from Tom Cruise.

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