New York

To Katz’s deli, an amazing theme park of Jewish-American food

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Katz’s Delicatessen, established 1888, is a theme park of Jewish-American food, with tribute gift shop, on the lower east side…

‘Untitled (Poor Richard)’, 1971, by Philip Guston

A pilloried president, PC portraits and paintings good enough to eat

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Politics and art can make for an awkward mix. Much more than with religious subjects it seems to matter whether…

The Brooklyn Bridge: a masterpiece of engineering and a unifying symbol after a divisive civil war

The Brooklyn Bridge — an engineering masterpiece and symbol of unity

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Before Brooklyn exceeded it in cool, Manhattanites spoke dismissively of BNTs. These were the Bridge ‘n’ Tunnel folk, the out-of-towners…

Star quality: competition design for the Roman Catholic cathedral, Liverpool, by Denys Lasdun, 1959

The greatest buildings Liverpool never built

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Liverpool has not treated its architects well. Stephen Bayley takes a tour of the bits of the city that were – regrettably – never built

In the digital age, you might expect the paper diary to be dying – not so

10 June 2017 9:00 am

By chance on Saturday morning, I tuned into Radio 4 and heard Professor Clare Brant talking on Saturday Live about…

It’s my final week in the Bagel — and I’m giving it my all

10 June 2017 9:00 am

New York   Main Street is a place, but it’s mostly an idea. It’s where locally owned shops sell stuff…

David Sedaris — doyen of deadpan drollery

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The bestselling humourist and New Yorker essayist David Sedaris is renowned for an almost hypnotic deadpan drollery and maybe especially…

Thrilling new album from queercore garage punk band PWR BTTM

27 May 2017 9:00 am

How about some queercore garage punk? PWR BTTM — the name means something empowering to do with buggery — are…

‘Broadway’, 1954, by Marvin E. Newman

The forgotten photographer whose artistry is finally being celebrated

20 May 2017 9:00 am

New York photographer Marvin E. Newman has had to wait until the age of 89 for his artistry to be recognised. Laura Gascoigne spoke to him

As good a record as this rapidly dying genre deserves: Blondie’s Pollinator reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Ah, Blondie. Those happy days of glorious power pop, chilly disco and rich, fruity vocals — Debbie Harry yearning away…

Anna Wintour’s freak show diminishes a great institution

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Much like the poor, the charity ball has always been with us, but lately it’s turned into a freak. Something…

Tales from the heyday of Studio 54

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago this week, Los Angeles was burning because of Rodney King’s beating at the hands of the fuzz,…

The latest first novels are full of violence, loss and grief

22 April 2017 9:00 am

If you go down to the woods today… That is the starting point for Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, who grew…

The man who destroyed New York

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Things that I once loved — Fifth Avenue & 57th Street, brownstone terraces on hot summer afternoons, cold beer and…

‘Family Scene’, by Kahlil Gibran, c. 1914

Kahlil Gibran: from penniless refugee to universal Prophet

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Kahlil Gibran was 40 years old, a short — he was just 5’3” — dapper man with doleful eyes and…

BBC radio is at its best when it’s at its plainest

18 March 2017 9:00 am

It was the crime story that showed us just how much China has changed since its years of social, political…

Was A.A. Gill just an outrageous show pony?

25 February 2017 9:00 am

When A.A. Gill died last December, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth across the nation. I must admit this…

Three’s a crowd in James Lasdun’s The Fall Guy

18 February 2017 9:00 am

James Lasdun’s latest novel, billed as a psychological thriller, opens in Brooklyn in the summer of 2012. Charlie and his…

Donald Trump’s wrong about the Waverly Inn. That doesn’t make it good

4 February 2017 9:00 am

The Waverly Inn is the house restaurant of Vanity Fair magazine in New York City. It is part-owned by Graydon…

Greyish guacamole and old-tasting beef: welcome to the Trump Grill

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Trump Tower sits between Gucci and Tiffany on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It looks like infant Lego, the…

2016 has been my annus mirabilis

31 December 2016 9:00 am

What a great year this has been, what a good mood I’m in, why, it’s almost like being in love.…

America’s first great cultural export

How Santa Claus ate Father Christmas

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Presents, stockings, the flying sleigh? It all began as a New York practical joke

A quick drink with The Most Seen Human Who Has Ever Lived

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I was drinking in the bar of Manhattan’s Nomad Hotel when in snuck The Most Seen Human Ever To Have…

27 exotic ways with the ashes of your deceased

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Most people who die in Britain are now cremated — more than 70 per cent of them — but there…

Here’s what happened when I was mistaken for Donald Trump

26 November 2016 9:00 am

 New York   If only my wordsmith friend Jeremy Clarke had been with me. What fun he’d have had with…