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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".

Sapphires and steel: The glittering life of global bestseller Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford's blockbusters about the fabulous and wealthy have made her fabulously wealthy. But that's not about to dull her indomitable work ethic...

How We Met: Oliver Sacks & Tobias Picker

Tobias Picker, 56, is an award-winning American composer whose work has been performed by the world's leading orchestras and opera houses. In addition to his symphonic and chamber music, song cycles and concertos , he has written four operas, including 'An American Tragedy' and children's opera 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. He lives in New York

How We Met: Jane Birkin & Lyn Harris

'I wanted it to smell like my brother's hair, my father's pipe, the Metro in the old days'

In pictures: New York Fashion Week

Latest pictures from collections showing at New York Fashion Week.

Queen of the Met reigns at Last Night of the Proms

Renée Fleming will lead Rule, Brittania! at the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow night. It will be a carnival, she tells Jessica Duchen

Frankly, my dear, those dresses have seen better days...

They are not quite gone with the wind, but the dresses that the actress Vivien Leigh wore as Scarlett O'Hara in the Old South movie classic are well on their way to falling apart. Curators at a museum in Texas are appealing for $30,000 (£19,000) to restore them.

Hitchens: 'We're all dying, with me it's accelerated'

Displaying his trademark directness and wit, Christopher Hitchens has opened up about his battle with cancer, reports David Usborne

Let the Great World Spin, By Colum McCann

Colum McCann's novel was described variously as "the first great 9/11 novel", "a pre-9/11 novel" and "a 9/11 allegory" when it was published last year. Its 1974 New York setting (the time and place of the completion of the Twin Towers) and its central event (a piece of performance art: the tightrope walk between the towers by the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit) allude to the atrocity of 9/11. But McCann's novel never explicitly makes the connection: he doesn't need to point it out, and his nod to the reader's intelligence ripples through the book.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Vaudeville Theatre, London

Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue is a bleak and mostly cheerless entertainment. The argument for reviving it in London – apart from the opportunity of seeing Jeff Goldblum and Mercedes Ruehl in their prime and on blistering, sardonic form – must reside in the picture it paints of Manhattan on the skids and falling apart at the seams.

Archie Bland: 'As soon as they get over the threshold, you're toast'

When we heard they were in the building, we knew there was nothing we could do. Because once they're over the threshold, you're toast. You can fumigate the apartment; you can seal up the doors; you can burn all your furniture and wash yourself in bleach. It doesn't matter. In New York City, the legend goes, if the bedbugs get your neighbours, they're almost certainly going to get you.

First Night: The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Vaudeville Theatre, London

Masterclass of comic acting fails to sustain the dramatic energy

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

Gossip Girl franchise grows up

Once your books have become a cultural phenomenon, what do you do next? If you're Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl franchise, the answer is – leave high school behind and graduate to college. Nor is that the only thing she's graduating to. Von Ziegesar's newest novel, Cum Laude, is being marketed not to a teen audience, but to adults.

How We Met: Dr Joe Berke & Matisyahu

'I embarrassed everybody. I fell asleep during Sting, but as soon as Matis started, I woke up'
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