On the road to nowhere: has the shine worn off the home workout?

In 2020, in response to Covid, gyms closed and moved online – with massive success. But can we really get fit at home? If Britney can get through 2007, you can get up this hill!” My quads are burning. Sweat soaks into the handlebars. But deep down? I know that Cody Rigsby, my Peloton instructor, […]

After surviving the Depression, the Blitz and the Nazis, writers reflect on the pandemic

Members of a workshop group in Manhattan – average age of 87 – take the long view and provide a welcome dose of perspective Late at night, Peggy Strait sits at her computer and thinks about the dangers of living in New York city during a pandemic. Then she remembers her life in 1937. Continue […]

‘My favourite Christmas abroad’: readers’ travel tips

From meditation in Japan to romance in snowy New York, readers tell the stories of their Christmas travels One Christmas, I went to a zen meditation retreat in Oita, on the southernmost Kyushu island, because I was feeling very burned out. The meditation retreat, as you would imagine, was pretty relaxed and the resident monk […]

The big picture: Santa takes a coffee break, New York, 1962

Leonard McCombe’s photo is part of an American tradition of capturing Saint Nick off-duty By the time the British photographer Leonard McCombe took this picture of an off-duty Santa enjoying a coffee in a Manhattan cafe in 1962, the ritual of capturing department-store Saint Nicks on downtime was a Christmas tradition in itself. Norman Rockwell […]

Scores of US poll workers tested positive for Covid over election period

Analysis shows Covid-19 spread among poll workers in many parts of America – in some cases hampering election results This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. On 5 November, two days after election day, an employee in the Onondaga county, New York, board of […]

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan: ‘You can always find a way forward’

After finding her feet in House of Cards, Rachel Brosnahan made the Marvelous Mrs Maisel all her own. Now she’s playing a 70s gangster’s moll on the run. Not bad for a self-confessed nerd and introvert… During lockdown in New York, Rachel Brosnahan really got into Survivor. Like, really into it. There are 40 seasons […]

‘It can be uncomfortable’: how a New York farmhouse is facing its racist past

In a new exhibition, three artists reckon with the history of slavery at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum with a range of challenging pieces When people think of buildings in Manhattan, chances are they think big and brash, cloud-piercing skyscrapers for tourists to marvel at. But the borough is also home to the far more modest […]

‘The Aids epidemic is not yet over’: inside a project with a vital message

For World Aids Day, a new audio project will play important speeches and clips that catalogue the ongoing fight against HIV/Aids “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Homophobia has got to go!” This was a chant from New York’s ACT-UP demonstration in 1989. Now the audio clip of this protest will echo throughout Greenwich Village in the […]

From wearable blankets to fruit gin: Guardian readers’ DIY Christmas gifts

Want to give your presents a personal touch by making them yourself? Here are 11 ideas for homemade festive offerings I recently made a recipe for Somali chicken stew from In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen. It included a spice mix called xawaash, AKA “the garam masala of Somalia”. I plan to […]

Turkey’s out – this Thanksgiving, we’re having side dishes for dinner

Like many people, I’m planning a reduced celebration. I could despair, but I’ve decided to innovate – bring on Sidesgiving! Few people know this, but the perfect meal was discovered in New York in 2005. It was a frigid night on the Upper West Side and a special occasion. I was turning 13, which meant […]

Will New York’s elite give Ivanka and Jared a warm welcome or the cold shoulder?

It looks as though the knives are out for the one-time power couple as they plan a return to their former city. But there may be some surprises yet In the purgatory of Donald Trump’s unacknowledged election defeat, the knives are out for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump who, like dozens of other lesser-placed Trump […]

How to make the perfect Waldorf salad – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s How to make the perfect…

This classic chopped salad has more variations than you might think – but which is the best version? Named after the Park Avenue hotel where it first saw the light of day, rather than, as Basil Fawlty would have it, “a walnut that’s gone orf”, the Waldorf salad has always carried with it a whiff […]

‘I cried when it was all over’: the actor who brought 120 characters to life

JR is a 700-page satire of capitalism featuring 120 characters who speak in unattributed quotes. It has been called ‘unreadable’. Nick Sullivan, who narrated the new audiobook, reveals how it engulfed his life In the winter of 2009, Nick Sullivan received what would become his most daunting commission. “They sent me this huge cardboard box,” […]

Joan Jett: ‘My closest brush with the law? I got arrested on tour. I blame Robert Plant’

The musician on the Runaways, her best friend Kenny Laguna and her job in a cafeteria Born in Pennsylvania, Joan Jett, 62, formed her first band, the Runaways, in 1975. After teaming up with producer Kenny Laguna, she became the frontwoman of the Blackhearts and in 1982 had a huge hit with I Love Rock’nRoll. […]

Holiday searches surge in wake of Covid vaccine trials success

Holidaymakers eye summer beach and Easter ski trips as the first glimmers of a return to international travel appear Monday’s positive news of the success of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trial has given a boost to the struggling travel industry, with tour companies and online travel agents reporting an immediate surge in enquiries and bookings for […]

Counterculture books modelled in clay – in pictures

Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, in the 1990s, Seth Bogart devoured books and made his own ‘zines’ about riot grrrl, punk and queer culture. These countercultural texts helped him through high school and influence his work as an artist and musician today. He paid homage to them in his recent show, Library Fantasy Vol One […]

Illuminated Halloween pumpkins – in pictures

The annual Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, an hour north of New York, features 7,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins. The village was the setting for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, an 1820 story by Washington Irving about a headless horseman who haunts a superstitious schoolteacher Continue reading…

‘Fearlessness and freedom’: winners from the Female in Focus awards – in pictures

From a mother’s last baptism to a burns victim’s painful recovery, these images from female photographers find new ways to tell the stories of our time Female in Focus is at El Barrio’s Artspace, New York, from 2 to 21 November. The winners were announced by 1854 Media Continue reading…

How TikTok is proving beauty is more than skin deep

Social media smarts and a sense of humour are highly profitable for a new breed of ‘skinfluencer’ He grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona before moving to New York to work on a department store makeup counter. Now at just 24, despite having no formal dermatology qualifications, Hyram Yarbro is a skincare guru […]

Nicole Krauss: ‘The idea of manhood is so beleaguered’

The novelist on writing in the voices of men, the benefits of having a dual identity, and lockdown jogging alongside New York’s mayor Nicole Krauss is the author of four novels, including the bestselling The History of Love. She was brought up in the splendid isolation of a Bauhaus masterpiece on Long Island. Her mother […]

American Crisis review: Andrew Cuomo on Covid, Trump … and a job with Joe Biden?

So much as anyone can, the New York governor has had a good pandemic. His book trumpets successes – and settles scores On Thursday, the US reported 65,000 new cases of Covid-19 and Donald Trump falsely told a television town hall 85% of people who wear masks contract the disease. With more than two weeks […]

Emmy the Great: April / 月音 review – a quest for belonging

(Bella Union)The artist’s lush fourth album, written between New York and Hong Kong, is a stirring exploration of different homes There’s both pathos and power in not quite belonging to any one place: born and raised in Hong Kong, Emma-Lee Moss found fame in London before moving to the US in 2014. After Trump’s election, […]

Loved ones of Covid victims appalled by Trump’s ‘don’t be afraid’ tweet

Sister of New York nurse says president’s comments ‘physically hurt’ and implied that those that died were ‘losers’ When Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus last week, Marya Sherron and her parents were gathered in their home state of Michigan to mark what would have been their brother and son’s 49th birthday. Sherron’s brother, […]

Marina Abramović: ‘I’m an artist, not a satanist!’

The world’s most famous performance artist has spent almost 50 years facing down ridicule, death threats and conspiracy theories. Will the pandemic finally defeat her? Every morning, Marina Abramović gets out of bed and puts on a pair of slippers. One reads “fuck” and the other “negativity”. “That is how to start the morning with […]

How did an NYPD officer from Tibet end up accused of spying for China?

Baimadajie Angwang, accused of ‘reporting on activities of Chinese citizens’, targeted a community center in Queens, stoking divisions in the community For staff of the Tibetan community centre in the New York neighbourhood of Woodside, the alarm bells started ringing when a local police officer suggested that they should stop flying the Tibetan flag outside […]