New York

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…

Hillary Clinton has it all wrong on crime

22 October 2016 9:00 am

New York  Antonio Cromartie is one of the numerous professional and amateur athletes in America who now refuse to stand…

In search of New York’s artistic past – and present

15 October 2016 9:00 am

As the Royal Academy hosts the abstract expressionists, John Gimlette heads to New York in search of its painterly haunts

America is about to get its first female president

8 October 2016 9:00 am

New York Back in the Big Bagel once again preparing for the greatest debate ever, one that will decide the…

Majestic, exhilarating and overpowering: Royal Academy’s Abstract Expressionism reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Martin Gayford is dazzled by the scale, majesty and visual power of the Royal Academy’s Abstract Expressionism show

From spiritual transcendence to gender warfare: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater review

17 September 2016 9:00 am

For a regular dancegoer in New York City, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater seasons arrive with the comforting predictability…

Harold Evans on the damage done by Donald Trump

10 September 2016 9:00 am

At weekends in our summerhouse at Quogue on Long Island, we go out to buy the newspapers and paper-cup coffee…

Luxury appeal: Parker Posey as Rad Taylor

Woody Allen’s Café Society is undoubtedly enjoyable – but is it any good?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Woody Allen has made a film nearly every year in the four decades since the release of the award-winning Annie…

In defence of the dinner party

13 August 2016 9:00 am

My wife prefers restaurants. She’s wrong

She came half-dressed and smiling but then disaster struck…

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Shelter Island is nestled in the Long Island Sound, ten minutes by ferry from Sag Harbor and a good 30…

True or false? The Temple of Bel, Palmyra, before and after its destruction at the hands of Islamic State

Why confront the ugly lie of Islamic State with a tacky fake?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Can the beauty of Palmyra be reproduced by data-driven robots? Stephen Bayley on copies, fakes and forgeries