Frozen in Time: Anthony Bourdain, New York, May 2001

Photographed for issue three of Observer Food Monthly, the chef is all innocence and enthusiasm, on the cusp of life-changing success He sits at a round two-top in Les Halles restaurant on Park Avenue. The wall behind him is white-tiled and there are a couple of shabby little laser-printed notices. It’s obviously somewhere back of […]

R Kelly verdict caps decades of abuse that predominantly targeted Black women and children

Court heard Kelly used fame and power to subject his victims to sexual and physical abuse R Kelly’s conviction on racketeering and sex trafficking charges came after a trial that shocked the US and opened the eyes of a nation to claims of shocking, decades-long abuse that predominantly targeted Black women and children. Jurors in […]

Jonathan Franzen: ‘I just write it like I see it and that gets me in trouble’

Twenty years on from The Corrections, America’s most lauded author is back. But will he put his foot in it again? IT IS 11AM PACIFIC TIME and Jonathan Franzen has just turned on the light. “Special occasion,” he says drily of our video call. A sliver of sunshine dares to creep under the venetian blind […]

Emma Raducanu splits from coach who guided her to shock US Open triumph

‘I need someone who has experience at the high levels’ Raducanu insists she is in no rush to appoint new coach Emma Raducanu has split from the coach who guided her to US Open glory just two weeks ago and is seeking an experienced mentor to take her to the very top. The 18-year-old decided […]

Michael K Williams died from overdose of fentanyl, heroin and other drugs, medical examiner says

Death of actor known for The Wire and Lovecraft Country was ruled an accident Obituary: Michael K Williams The actor Michael K Williams died after overdosing on fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine, the New York chief medical examiner told reporters on Friday. Related: In an age too given to moral certainty, let’s remember The Wire’s […]

Fugees return to New York for their first gig in 15 years … after a three-hour wait

The rap trio kick off their just-announced world tour to an eager audience but fall into old habits of tardiness Dressed in a red frock that flounced as she performed, the rapper, singer and musician Lauryn Hill told the eager but weary crowd: “Respect the miracle. Respect the miracle of this union” three and a […]

Boris on the back foot at the UN – but at least he’s not in London

While Jennifer Arcuri was being quizzed in the UK capital, the PM was messing it up in New York If Boris Johnson had a little more self-awareness he might have reshuffled himself last week. The trip to the United Nations general assembly in New York was supposed to be the fun part of the job. […]

Johnson says he has changed his mind on the climate – but he’s still dragging his feet | Adrienne Buller

Outright denial has been replaced by something that may turn out to be even worse: delay As he flew to New York yesterday to speak to the UN general assembly about the Cop26 climate conference, Boris Johnson was asked to defend old comments made by his newly appointed trade secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Trevelyan had made […]

The duo who created Drag Race: ‘We saw RuPaul in a loincloth and went, “Oh my God!”’

They took RuPaul from obscurity to global fame – inventing The Adam and Joe Show along the way. As Drag Race UK returns to the BBC, we talk to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato More than 20 years before Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato launched RuPaul’s Drag Race under the banner of their World of […]

Boris Johnson to address Amazon’s tax record with Jeff Bezos on US visit

PM is making three-day trip during which he will give speech to UN general assembly and hold talks with Joe Biden at White House Boris Johnson plans to press Amazon boss Jeff Bezos on the tech giant’s tax record when the pair meet face to face in New York on Monday, Downing Street has said. […]

Ding dong, Avon now calling with ‘omni-channel’ cosmetic sales in a digital age

Spurred on by the Covid pandemic, the traditional doorstep retailer is training its ‘reps’ in new techniques Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Avon may soon be calling you into shops and live-streamed shopping events as well as at your front door as the cosmetics and skincare brand moves on from the […]

The woman who lost her personal style and turned to TikTok to find it

With no intention of going viral, Amelia Crook crowdsourced a Queer Eye-style makeover from thousands of strangers, provoking tensions closer to home Amelia Crook did not set out to have an existential crisis. The 43-year-old was simply looking for some tips on how to update her style. She used to spend her days reading Vogue, […]

High court will serve US court papers on Prince Andrew if necessary

Court initially rejected request from Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers in sexual assault civil case filed against royal The high court has agreed to intervene if necessary to serve papers on the Duke of York in the sexual assault civil case filed against him in the US, it has said. The development follows a pre-trial hearing in […]

Russia slams New York’s vaccine requirement for UN general assembly

Russia’s ambassador requests meeting after letter says delegates must provide proof of vaccination to enter debate hall All diplomats attending the UN general assembly in New York next week will have to provide proof of vaccination, the city government has confirmed, prompting an angry response from Russia. Delegates must be vaccinated to enter the debate […]

Muscles and methane: how protein became the food industry’s biggest craze

Protein has gone from a niche bodybuilding supplement to a mainstream obsession – and is now added to a huge range of food and drink products. What led to the sudden growth of this multimillion-dollar industry? At the Protein Pick and Mix store in Tunbridge Wells, you can have any snack you like, as long […]

‘Medium is the message’: AOC defends ‘tax the rich’ dress worn to Met Gala

‘The time is now for childcare, healthcare and climate action for all,’ the congresswoman wrote on Instagram When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a white gown with the message “tax the rich” emblazoned in red to the Met Gala, one of New York’s swankiest events, she was sure to ruffle some feathers. Related: The Met Gala 2021: […]

‘It’s the balm we need right now’: how Broadway fought its way back

The long theatre shutdown in New York has taken its toll on the industry but a renewed and reinvigorated outlook towards diversity could have a major impact When Ruben Santiago-Hudson walks on stage at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Tuesday night, the electric charge between actor and audience will spark back to life. Then the […]

New York court to hold pre-trial conference on civil suit filed against Prince Andrew

Attorneys for Virginia Giuffre expected to argue royal has been properly served with documents in alleged sexual assault case A New York court is to hold a pre-trial conference on Monday on the civil suit filed against the Duke of York in the sex assault case against him, with reports suggesting his lawyers will not […]

Raducanu shone in US Open spotlight but she needs time and space to grow

The teenager’s journey has barely started yet she has achieved one of the greatest breakthroughs in sporting history Before Emma Raducanu took her unexpected first small steps into the big time at Wimbledon in July, she was planning her schedule as she finally started her full-time professional career. Her ranking of 366 severely limited the […]

America mourns as leaders and families mark 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Ceremonies in New York, Pennsylvania and at Pentagon mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks• Biden, Harris and Bush urge unity on 9/11 anniversary –follow live Some wept. Some held photos of loved ones At 8.46am, precisely two decades after a passenger plane became a new and deadly weapon here, all fell silent in […]

Biden and Obama to attend memorials marking 20th anniversary of 9/11

President to be joined by predecessor in downtown New York Memorials also planned in Shanksville and at Pentagon The sombre ceremonies that take place in New York, Pennsylvania and on the outskirts of Washington every September 11 to mark the 2001 terrorist attacks will take on an extra significance on Saturday morning, as America commemorates […]

‘I want to show intimacy between men’: how Murray Bartlett became a breakout star at 50

After years in US soaps, he landed the part of Armond in The White Lotus – a ‘dreamy’ role that involved defecating in a suitcase. He discusses making it in middle age, coming out to his parents and losing his front teeth It was in the middle of the pandemic that Murray Bartlett began wondering […]

Emma Raducanu admits she expected an early exit at US Open

British teenager in the US Open semi-finals at first attempt 18-year-old credits her parents for ‘positive attitude’ Emma Raducanu’s searing run from the depths of the US Open qualifying tournament to the highest levels of the sport continued on Wednesday as she defeated Belinda Bencic, the Olympic gold medallist and 11th seed, 6-3, 6-4 to […]

‘Running didn’t even occur to me’: Gulnara Samoilova on photographing 9/11

‘A cop asked me: “How can you take photographs?” I told him: “I have to document this. It’s history”’ I was asleep when the first plane hit. At the time, I lived just four blocks from the World Trade Center, right next to a hospital, a fire station and the HQ of the New York […]

Human Rights Campaign fires president for advising Cuomo over allegations

Largest US LGBTQ rights group said Alphonso David was fired after an investigation by the New York attorney general, Letitia James The Human Rights Campaign has fired its president, Alphonso David, over his involvement in former New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct. Related: Time’s Up chief resigns amid outrage over […]

Tulip, Summit, Mound: can urban properties really be ‘experiences’? | India Block

In cities like London and New York, developers are having to draw people back to the areas they priced them out of What do a fake hill, a giant light-up ball, gondola rides 300 metres in the air, staircases to nowhere, a park perched over a river and a glass elevator stuck on the side […]

Climate impact of a transatlantic flight could cost global economy $3,000

Economic cost of climate crisis has cut 37% from global GDP this century, say researchers A return flight from the UK to New York could cost the global economy more than $3,000 (£2,170) in the long run, owing to the effects of the climate crisis, according to a report. Researchers examined the economic cost of […]

Biden to visit New York and New Jersey reeling from deadly storms

Bipartisan voices vow to upgrade aging US infrastructure network that is deteriorating even as storms are strengthening Joe Biden will visit New York and New Jersey on Tuesday as the states reel from last week’s deadly storms and lawmakers urged for fresh spending on stronger infrastructure to combat the climate crisis. Shaken by haunting images […]