Dianne Morales: ‘I don’t think New York City is as progressive as we’d like to think’

The former non-profit executive, who would be the city’s first female mayor, goes the furthest of her competitors in wanting to defund the police It’s a blustery day in the New York city neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, where the mayoral candidate Dianne Morales is due to speak to the crowd. By the time she arrives, […]

Why have sperm counts more than halved in the past 40 years? – podcast

Dr Shanna Swan has spent more than 20 years examining how chemicals in plastics are causing our fertility to decline – and what we can do about it Shanna Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York City, talks to Rachel Humphreys about declining fertility […]

End of an era: closure of nuclear plant is pointer for New York’s energy future

The power station on the banks of the Hudson has no place in the state’s plans switch to renewables but critics say in the short term it means lost jobs and increased emissions America’s energy past and future was on display on Friday at Indian Point, a nuclear plant 25 miles north of New York […]

‘We can still bloom and grow after trauma’: the artist sharing survivors’ stories of abuse

Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya has set up an installation that uses anonymous tales of sexual assault and racial violence to promote healing Passersby in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District will see something rather atypical in one of the many storefronts at the moment: a group of old-fashioned lightbulbs standing alongside small internet-connected printers, each unspooling an anonymous newsfeed […]

‘This is it. If we don’t amp up, we’re goners’: the last chance to confront the climate crisis?

When it comes to addressing the climate emergency, there have been hopeful moments before that ultimately led to nothing. Now, hope rises again The Earth’s climate has always been a work in progress. In the 4.5bn years the planet has been spinning around the sun, ice ages have come and gone, interrupted by epochs of […]

The Guardian view on dark skies: we need them

Light pollution is killing insects and birds – and an ancient human connection with the heavenly bodies Severe light pollution in Britain appears to have fallen, according to the CPRE, the countryside charity. Across a week in February, the charity asked volunteers to look up and count the stars they could see. The results suggest […]

New York doormen fired for failing to help assaulted Asian American woman

Two workers watched as Vilma Kari, 65, was attacked Company: emergency and safety protocols were not followed Two employees of a luxury New York City apartment building have been terminated from their jobs after being seen on video failing to aid an Asian American woman who was violently attacked on a sidewalk near the building […]

Shanna Swan: ‘Most couples may have to use assisted reproduction by 2045’

The professor of environmental medicine explains how chemicals in plastics are causing our fertility to decline – and what we can do about it Shanna Swan is a professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York City, studying fertility trends. In 2017 she documented how average sperm […]

David Reynolds’ playlist: 10 songs from my travels

The writer’s journeys, including a slow drive across the US, were accompanied by a selection of jazz, rock and folk greats This slow, romantic ballad was recorded during a famous live concert at the Village Vanguard in New York’s Greenwich Village in June 1961. Hearing it reminds me of the East Village and of New […]

Valerie June: ‘Black women have always been eclectic. We just didn’t make the headlines’

Named by Bob Dylan as a contemporary great, the versatile songwriter straddles folk, R&B, bluegrass, soul and more – and her creative freedom has been hard-fought “I love the way you say that. Girl, I’m about to write that down,” Valerie June says in her charming Tennessee drawl, as I repeat the activist term I […]

New York City prosecutor leading Trump inquiry won’t seek re-election

Cyrus Vance Jr, Manhattan district attorney, said he intends to retire, signaling it is likely a new DA will see Trump case through Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr, the veteran prosecutor overseeing a criminal investigation into the former US president, Donald Trump, announced on Friday that he intends to retire instead of seeking re-election, […]

Donald Trump set to visit New York for first time since leaving White House

Ex-president expected as soon as Sunday night, reports say Trump tells Republicans: stop using name in fundraising Donald Trump could arrive in New York City for his first visit since leaving the White House as soon as Sunday night, according to multiple reports. Related: ‘Talk to me’: Molly Jong-Fast on podcasting in the new abnormal […]

IWOW: I Walk on Water review – freeform meditation on New York’s dispossessed

Khalik Allah chronicles his Harlem encounters in this patience-testing but immersive part-street documentary, part-autobiography I Walk on Water is a hefty documentary project from artist and film-maker Khalik Allah: something that might be called an investigative meditation on the lives of the homeless, the marginal and the dispossessed in Harlem in New York City, and […]

How my Puerto Rican mother became an expert Indian cook

When she used a cream for piña coladas to make a coconut curry, it should have been game over. But her diligence eventually paid off When I was in sixth grade, my history teacher asked our class to bring in food that was reflective of our family’s personal heritage as part of an exercise to […]

The Doorman review – Ruby Rose turns model action hero

When a heist goes wrong, an ex-soldier must mop up the mess – while Jean Reno plays a menacing Frenchman Model-turned-actor Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black, John Wick: Chapter 2), is utterly mesmerising to look at – with her lush lips, perfectly shaped eyebrows and macho tattoos – but so far the jury […]

Art markets: New York bodegas in watercolour – in pictures

“Bodegas play an essential role in the New York City lifestyle and define its landscape,” says illustrator Gabi Lamontagne of the corner stores that she’s been depicting since moving there from Quebec in 2012. “I was attracted to their hand-painted awnings framed with colourful lightbulbs… once in a while, you will find a working cat […]

The race to replace Bill de Blasio: Who will be New York City’s next mayor?

The new mayor will inherit a city reeling from Covid, high unemployment, surging gun violence and an exodus of residents On New Year’s Day 2014, the New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, entered office promising to end the “tale of two cities” with a progressive agenda that he said would address the economic and […]

The year of Karen: how a meme changed the way Americans talked about racism

The image of a white woman calling police on Black people put the lie to the myth of racial innocence There was no direct connection between the “Central Park Karen” incident in New York City and the police killing of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, beyond the coincidence of timing. Time in the pandemic […]

GODLIS: 20 years of street photography – in pictures

The veteran street photographer GODLIS has been capturing the anarchy and humour of everyday life in New York City since the 1970s. A new book, Godlis Streets, published by Reel Art Press, is dedicated to his work over two decades. Here he reminisces on some of his classic shots Continue reading…

The limbo period after election day in New York: anxiety, uncertainty and empty streets

Photographers Jordan Gale and George Etheredge documented a historic election night and the morning after in the city, from an empty Times Square to Brooklyn to a pro-Trump neighborhood in Staten Island New York City prepared for the final act of the most consequential election in a generation on Tuesday. There was reason to worry. […]

My mum’s 3,000 miles away, and I miss her. When will I see her again?

I was used to living in a different country from my family. But the pandemic has made us realise we might not be together for years I miss my mother. She lives in Glasgow, and I live in New York City. Before our respective cities got locked down, this distance was business as usual for […]

‘To fail but still mostly be safe’: Lynn Steger Strong wrestles with precarity and privilege

In her book Want, Strong hones in on these two themes – a life built on privilege but teetering on privation In the last few years, Lynn Steger Strong has built a wide audience with her compelling essays – including a series for the Guardian – about the precarity that can coexist with privilege in […]

Party and protest: the radical history of gay liberation, Stonewall and Pride

A police raid on a gay bar in New York led to the birth of the Pride movement half a century ago – but the fight for LGBTQ+ rights goes back much further than that. By Huw Lemmey In early July 1969, a US soldier stationed in Long Bình, Vietnam, opened his army newspaper and […]

Working out in a city under quarantine – in pictures

Over the past six weeks, New Yorkers have been exercising in unexpected ways amid the pandemic. With gyms closed and social distancing in place, how are city-dwellers staying active? Bess Adler photographed 10 unusual pandemic-inspired exercises she has come across in New York City – and this is the result Coronavirus – latest US updates […]

Profit over people, cost over care: America’s broken healthcare exposed by virus

There were 27.9 million people without health insurance in 2018, and record-high unemployment will increase that figure by millions With over 21,00 people dead and more than a 547,000 infected with the coronavirus in the US the last question on a person’s mind should be how they will pay for life-saving treatment. But as the […]

New York City coronavirus death toll jumps past 10,000 in revised count

Soaring death toll has been fueled by adding 3,778 people who weren’t tested for Covid-19 but are presumed to have died from it New York City has revised its Covid-19 death toll sharply upwards to more than 10,000 people, with the city now firmly established as being at the heart of the global coronavirus crisis. […]

From Warhol to Basquiat: behind a revealing set of artist portraits

Through the 1980s, Jeannette Montgomery Barron captured artists at home, showcased in an intimate online exhibition In 1978, Jeannette Montgomery Barron was like any other twentysomething who moved to New York City with big dreams. After scoring an apartment in midtown, she spent her time closer to the vibrancy of downtown, becoming a photographer who […]

A house in the country: how the pandemic exposes ‘secret money’

I am among the lucky few with a place to stay outside New York City. My privilege is a reminder of a skewed society Coronavirus – live US updates Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage There’s been plenty of conversation about all the ways this pandemic has laid bare the brokenness of our […]

Why coronavirus burials are just the latest chapter in New York’s plague history

New York City’s intertwining of parks and mass burial sites continues as the coronavirus death toll rises and victims are buried on Hart Island Coronavirus – live US updates Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage As the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in New York City continues to rise, grisly drone footage […]