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USA: The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

Scavenger hunts, indoor mini golf, tennis clinics, wakesurfing… you name it, this lakeside resort offers it, not to mention a stunning location and spacious rooms. Little surprise it’s been welcoming guests for over a century, says Sunshine Flint

USA: Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York

While this rustic-luxe resort may offer some of the best winter and summer activities around, it’s not all about being outside, says Sunshine Flint. With an in-house cinema, bowling alley, and ice cream parlour, there’s plenty to keep you indoors, too

Sting: an Englishman on New York

Having sold more than 100m albums solo and as part of the Police, Sting still finds inspiration in his adopted US home

On the road with… singer Julia Holter

The LA-based singer and songwriter on her life on tour, from memorable gigs in Warsaw to exploring India’s Varanasi

The world’s most hi-tech hotels

The days when we were wowed by power showers and complimentary Wi-Fi are long gone. Today’s hi-tech hoteliers have upped their tech game with robot concierges, android butlers and ‘smart glass’ showers, says Tamara Hinson

Five of the world’s best city running routes

Whether you’re an athlete or an amateur, it can be hard to know where to exercise when you arrive in a new city. Luckily, the Strava app has that covered. It lets you compete with other runners, share times and photos and tracks your run. We asked its creators to share the app’s most popular runs

Five of the best places in the world for chocolate

Spencer Hyman, CEO of Cocoa Runners, travels the world seeking out the best chocolate by small, independent artisans and has tasted over 6,000 bars. Here, he picks five chocolate hotspots around the world

What does summer look like?

World-beating beaches, sunburnt Brits or the still waters of a fictional lake in Minnesota? From Las Vegas to Willesden Junction, photographers Martin Parr, Mert & Marcus, Nick Knight and more tell us what the season means to them

USA: The Roxy, New York

One of New York’s newest establishments, this hip number has ripped up the hotel rule book and is wowing guests with its collaborative philosophy. Angelina Villa-Clarke checks in with the cool crowd

Six of America’s presidential libraries (and what to see in them)

Barack Obama – who leaves office in January 2017 – will be the latest US leader to build a monument to his presidency and nobody has any doubt that the library in Chicago. But what can you expect to find in the other 13 that that are scattered across the country? Justin Webb outlines his top six – and the artefacts to track down

USA: The Mark, New York

One of New York’s iconic hotels is in the limelight again after opening the most expensive suite in the US. Angelina Villa-Clarke checks in

New York: Viceroy

Despite its Midtown location, this tall, dark and very handsome boutique hotel oozes sleek Downtown style. Anisha Patel falls head over heels

New York: guess the landmark location

How well do you know Manhattan? Take our map quiz and match the landmark to the map

50 states in 52 weeks: road tripping from Newport, Rhode Island to Cape Cod, Massachusetts

You can get a glimpse into America’s colonial and more recent past, plus the natural glories of New England’s shoreline when you travel the coast from Newport, Rhode Island to Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. Sunshine Flint picks the highlights of the route

Interview: US National Park Rangers

High Life speaks to two people involved with the National Park Service

True stories from America’s National Parks

The American government established the National Park Service in 1916 and today there are 411 protected areas across the country. As the scheme celebrates its 100th anniversary next month, Aaron Miller talks to the most influential rangers, scientists and volunteers in the USA

Which American National Park should you visit?

So many awe-inspiring National Parks, so little time... To help you decide which one to start with, High Life enlisted the help of Doug Smith, project leader for the Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone. Here he shares his recommendations

Six of the world’s best Pride celebrations

A riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn 45 years ago prompted a parade to raise awareness of LGBT rights. Since then, dozens of cities worldwide have adopted their own Pride date to celebrate love and lobby for equality. Lucy Thackray picks six of the finest

See New York through the eyes of British photography students

What happens when you ask a group of young photography students to capture one of the most frequently snapped cities in the world? High Life found out on a recent trip to New York

My New York: DJ Gina Turner

A regular on the New York club scene, international DJ Gina Turner curates a New York playlist for High Life and talks meditation and music in the city

Why New York was best in the 1990s, by Candace Bushnell

Before the TV series, the fashion trends and the tours, Sex and the City began life as a newspaper column in 1994. It went on to define Manhattan for the rest of the decade – and made Manolos, cosmpolitans and cupcakes famous worldwide. Here, its creator remembers when you had to actually be there to experience it

Which is better: New York or London?

New York and London are two of the greatest cities in the world – often compared, but each with their own unique qualities. From rooftop bars to the best views, London-based New Yorker Christasia Wilson discovers the best of both worlds

Why New York was best in the 1970s by Nile Rodgers

Being turned away from Studio 54 gave Nile Rodgers band Chic one of their biggest hits. To mark his spectacular new Fold Festival, held in London in June and New York in August, the legendary performer and producer shares his thoughts on the Big Apple in the 1970s, Cuban street food and Saturday Night Fever’s subtext

I heart NY: The man who fell in love with New York

With just three letters – and one symbol – Milton Glaser’s ‘I heart NY’ logo changed 
this city’s fortunes and became one of the most recognisable emblems ever created. Ahead of the 40th anniversary of its creation, Zach Udko meets the man behind the design

New York Now by James Ramsey

The architect behind the Lowline, the most radical design project in modern New York, on why we need 
to look back to see the way ahead

My New York: Chef Gabrielle Hamilton on NYC’s changing food scene

One of the most influential restaurants in New York history ate every part of the animal and thumbed its nose at fine dining. Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef behind Prune and the author of memoir Blood, Bones & Butter, talks about a culinary revolution that began in 1999

Jonathan Ross film review: Brooklyn

The broadcaster and film critic reviews the latest inflight films. This month: Brooklyn

Why New York was best in the 1980s, by Bret Easton Ellis

Wall Street’s yuppie culture was taken to a grotesque conclusion in American Psycho, but its author remains nostalgic for the scabrous New York of that decade

My New York: Actress Laura Gómez

When she's not starring in hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, New Yorker Laura Gómez spends her time eating at French restaurants, going to yoga classes and checking out musicians on the subway

Dominique Ansel: The best bakeries in New York City

The New York-based French pastry chef is the inventor of the Cronut (part croissant, part doughnut). Here he shares his favourite places for satisfying a sweet tooth in NYC

Global tribes: New York’s senior style mavens

The global groups, trends and subcultures you may not know about. This month, the unlikely but fabulous fashionistas of New York

Five New York bites under $25

You don’t have to empty your wallet for a decent fill in NYC. Peter Meehan, editor and founder of Lucky Peach magazine, rounds up the city’s best cheap eats

My New York: The luxury hotel concierge

Chef concierge Frederick Bigler has been working his magic at The Peninsula New York since 2010. Here he shares his insider secrets for making the most of the Big Apple

My New York: Julia Stiles

Award-winning actress and native New Yorker Julia Stiles grew up in Soho and lives in the East Village. Here she shares her favourite city spots – from the park of her childhood, to the best place to sing Purple Rain

City swap: How to experience New York in London

Want to get a taste of the Big Apple before you visit? London is bursting at the seams with New York style venues allowing you to sample the best of the US – with a British twist. Katie Gatens chooses her favourites

Quiz: What’s your New York personality?

In a city full of tribes, where Brooklyn hipsters hustle alongside stiletto-clad fashionistas and cwaffee-quaffing old-schoolers, take our quiz to find out where you fit in

Let’s hear it for New York: the city’s best live music venues

The city that brought you Lou Reed, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z has never been short of venues. Whether it’s blockbuster bands or hot new talent you're after, Edmund Vallance suggests eight of the best places to hear live music

Harvey Keitel’s New York

The American actor, famous for his roles in New York classic films, Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, gives us an intimate insight into his New York City

10 quiet places in New York

As her book on peaceful spots in the Big Apple is published, writer and artist Siobhan Wall shares her tips on where to find ten of the most tranquil places to walk, eat and visit in this lively city

Lady Gaga’s New York

As her feverishly anticipated new album ARTPOP is released in the UK, we take a tour of the places in her native New York that Lady Gaga passed through on her road to stardom

Five of the best classic New York brunches

Brunch is a New York institution — the lazy, greedy breakfast that goes on well into your weekend afternoon (and often comes with a glass of bubbly)

Where to shop for kids in New York

Looking for a unique gift for kids this holiday season? From on-trend boutiques to iconic toy stores, shopping editor Tiffany Yannetta tracks down the must-shop places in the city

Suite dreams: Five hotels that guarantee a good night’s sleep

Whether you’re battling insomnia, jet lag or an iPad addiction, these hotels have made it their mission to help you on your journey to the land of nod, says Anisha Patel

Quiz: Can you guess where these Oscar-nominated movies were really filmed?

New Zealand famously filled in for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But which other Oscar-winning movies have used a doppelgänger destination while filming? Take our quiz below

London pride: American place names

Why are the names of American towns often oddly familiar? British journalist Nicholas Lezard finds out

The story of the Bronx

In recent years, the Bronx's status as an outsider district has been threatened by gentrification. Now, as Baz Luhrmann’s new series, The Get Down, explores its past, Zach Udko considers the future of New York City’s northernmost borough

Literary NYC: The New York neighbourhoods that inspired great authors

The city that never sleeps has given us an impressive array of literary classics to rest on our nightstands, says Zach Udko. Here he looks at the neighbourhood settings for some of the wittiest, most complex, and iconic stories the world has ever known

New York: The New York Edition

The New York Edition instantly impressed the city’s glamour set with its buzzing lobby and Jason Atherton restaurant – but you may have a hard time tearing yourself away from its luxuriously cool rooms, as Anisha Patel discovers

Five of the world's best gaming capitals

Do you know your Super Mario from your Sonic the Hedgehog? These days, eGaming is one of the fastest growing sports in the world – creeping onto the international stage. Check out the five best cities in the world to pick up a console

New York: 10 Broadway shows to book for the 2015 holiday season

Broadway has a bumper crop of family friendly shows this Christmas. Regular transatlantic theatre visitor and critic Mark Shenton shares his top ten

Hitting a new high: the rebirth of New York opera

Not long ago, New York’s opera scene was in crisis: one of its major institutions folded and young audiences stayed away. But independent creatives have reinvigorated this classical art form — with experimental stagings everywhere from basements and the Bronx Zoo to performances online — and have won new fans along the way

New York: six strategies for surviving the Thanksgiving sales

Shopping after Thanksgiving is not for the faint-hearted — especially so in New York. But Tiffany Yannetta, editor of shopping website RackedNY, has the perfect battle plan to avoid the mobs of bargain hunters

High Life 500: the way we travel in 2015

For three weeks, readers hashtagged their Instagram photos #highlife500 in a bid to showcase who the modern traveller is, where they’re going and what they’re doing. While not entirely scientific, the results form a curious snapshot of our travelling lives today. James Wallman elaborates

On the run: a global guide to marathons

Travel the globe, catch the sights — and race a marathon. Long-distance tourists are seeing the world 26.2 miles at a time, and exploring the greatest cities and sites from a unique perspective in the space of three or four (or more) hours. Gershon Portnoi reports on the best and most iconic races on the circuit

Time travel: food for thought

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at the debut flight of the Comet 4 before London and New York

Six of the world’s best coffee capitals

A city may have awesome architecture, drool-worthy dinners and lovely locals, but what does that matter if you can’t get a good cup of joe? Executive director of Workshop Coffee Co., James Dickson, has travelled the world in pursuit of the perfect cup. Here he shares the places that really know their beans

The style interview: Jack Pack

Ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album in October (recorded with a 72-piece orchestra, no less) and a knock-out reappearance on this year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, four-piece swing group Jack Pack talk to Lizzy Wilkinson about British style and their own sharp-suited fashion icons

New York: Loews Regency Hotel

This Park Avenue landmark has had a 21st-century makeover, but still packs a punch in the glamour stakes. Just don’t miss its legendary power breakfast, says Anisha Patel

New York: Refinery Hotel

This millinery factory-turned-independent boutique hotel in Manhattan’s Garment District takes cues from its historic past, but still has plenty of modern charm — and a killer rooftop bar, as Anisha Patel discovers

All through the night: 24-hour cities

As London’s Tube prepares to run round-the-clock, author William Boyd reports on the rise of the 21st-century, 24-hour megacities, while High Life’s global stringers set out to find the true nonstop metropolises which never sleep

From dusk ’til dawn: five unexpected things to do after dark

In 2015, cities never sleep. Whether you’re jetlagged or a night owl, here’s guide to some of the more unusual late-night activities to indulge in around the world

Dig deep: underground buildings and cities

In a crowded world, new buildings — and even cities — are increasingly being built underground. Here’s what’s going down

What I pack: the ballet dancer

Cira Robinson is a senior artist at the Ballet Black dance company. Before settling in 
London, Robinson performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem, including at the White House. Here, she reveals her travel essentials

Six New York beauty apothecaries

The world of holistic wellness has never been more fashionable, from green and organic ingredients to hand-blended lotions and potions with enhancing properties. In New York, this has translated in an uptick in the number of beauty boutiques catering to the spiritually minded jet set. Ruby Warrington picks the best

Reborn in the USA: why British music is making waves in America

As British music enjoys its greatest commercial success in the US for decades, 
with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons and Sam Smith dominating the charts, Ian Gittins heads to New York to hear the next generation of Brits making it big

50 states in 52 weeks: a fashionable guide to New York

More than 300 designers will show at New York Fashion Week this month, but that won’t stop the industry’s editors, buyers and scenesters from jamming plenty of cocktail hours, late-night dinners and more than a little shopping into their packed schedules. Lauren Sherman shows you how to make like the fashion crowd on your next trip to the Big Apple

Bruno DiFabio: the art (and science) of pizza making

The six-time World Pizza Championship winner is a legend in the USA, with ten artisan pizzerias across the pond. Now he’s bringing his craft to London with NY Fold. Anisha Patel meets the master pizzaiolo and self-confessed pizza geek to find out what makes a great slice

An insider’s guide to Broadway (and beyond)

Regular transatlantic theatre visitor and critic Mark Shenton shares his top ten tips for getting the best out of your Broadway experience when you’re next in New York

Hotels that help you connect with locals

Craving a deeper connection with your destination? Forget flashy tours, says Hannah Hudson — these hotels will hook you up with the locals for a truly authentic experience

Seven hot holidays deals on our radar

The latest savings and discounts from British Airways Holidays

Eight beaches near NYC (and how to get to them)

The Big Apple is known for its sizzling summers. Luckily for locals (and visitors), there are plenty of sandy shores within close quarters in all of the city’s five boroughs. Elspeth Velten packs her swimmers and takes a day trip to the seaside

Nine luxury hotels where pets are welcome

When it comes to holidays, why should you get all the indulgence? From dog butlers to pooch passports, Hannah Hudson reveals the hotel’s promising to give your furry friend the VIP — that’s Very Important Pet — treatment

Welcome to The Ark: JFK Airport to open a terminal for animals

The trend for taking your four-legged friends on holiday is showing no sign of slowing down, as New York’s JFK reveals plans for the world’s first ever airport terminal for pets

Five ways to ace an NYC summer with kids

When it comes to keeping children entertained in New York, follow these tried-and-tested local favourites, says Big Apple resident (and mother) Vishaka Robinson

Eight hidden (but totally worth the search) NYC cocktail bars

The Prohibition era might be long gone, but that doesn’t mean that finding New York City’s best bars is easy. Hidden behind ordinary storefronts, on top of burger shops and behind boring basement doors, these cocktail dens are well worth the search

Three weekend escapes from NYC (that aren’t the Hamptons)

New Yorkers love nothing more than zipping along the Long Island Expressway to the summer playground of the Hamptons. But there are also other hideaways that are just a few hours’ drive in any direction. Lizzy Wilkinson picks three of the best

DJ John Digweed: eight of the best clubbing capitals

The British DJ and record producer gives us his inside track into the world’s coolest partying destinations

New York: W New York Union Square

Rhodri Marsden discovers why trendsetters and tourists alike are drawn to this buzzing, contemporary hotel in Manhattan. Cocktail, anyone?

New York: The Benjamin

A resident sleep expert in the city that never sleeps? Michael Johnson catches up on some serious shut-eye at this innovative Manhattan hotel

Five must-visit new museums and galleries in the USA

With rich histories, superb architecture and impressive art collections, get your cultural fix at these must-see new American museums

British Airways launches Listen Up in New York

British Airways is giving US music fans access to insider information on the rising stars of the British music scene with the launch of its #BAListenUp platform. Ian Gittins gets a backstage pass to the launch in Brooklyn

City hot spot: NoMad, New York

Once a fledgling neighbourhood bridging the gap between Flatiron and Midtown, NoMad (that’s North of Madison Square Park) has risen through the ranks and is now one of the city’s hippest areas. Game-changing residents range from Comme des Garçons’ concept store in Dover Street Market to the world-renowned Pentagram design consultancy. Lizzy Wilkinson shares her favourite haunts

Six seriously useful apps for visiting New York City

From tracking down the best sample sales to suggestions for activities based on the weather, make the most of your time in NYC with these must-have apps

Five late-night happy hour bars in New York

Happy hour in NYC is a magical time, when the pressures of the work week are washed away in a deluge of discounted booze. But the fun doesn’t end at 7pm. Being an egalitarian city, a few venues have launched late-night happy hours to appeal to both industry folk and long-distance drinkers. Nick Savage picks five worth staying up late for

New York: the rise of the living room gig

It’s the new way of seeing gigs that’s giving a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘house music’. Up-and-coming bands are eschewing venues to play intimate shows in people’s apartments. Rhodri Marsden wangles an invite to the music equivalent of a private view

New York: Andaz Wall Street

Mark Jones discovers that this sleek and sophisticated hotel is bringing an unexpected hip vibe to NYC’s Financial District

Seven unmissable new train journeys

A new generation of train journeys — from high-speed to high-end — are creating a revived buzz for the mode of travel. Here are seven that should be on your radar for 2015 and beyond

A photographic tour of New York City

We asked 45 first-year students from Arts University Bournemouth — which has produced some top photographers, including Nick Knight and Wolfgang Tillmans — to snap their highlights on a recent group trip to NYC, flying with British Airways. Here is a selection of the High Life team’s favourite pictures

On the road with... Mark Ronson

The producer and DJ on his musical inspirations, discovering Paris with his wife and chocolate-hurling fans

Five great places to celebrate Chinese New Year

The year of the goat will be ushered in on 19 February 2015, but the worldwide celebrations can last up to eight days. Singapore-born David Yeo, founder and CEO of Aqua Restaurant Group, picks the cities that will host the biggest and best festivities

Six New York food markets where you can lunch with locals

Indoor food halls may not be NYC’s claim to fame, but a renewed interest is changing the way locals eat. Want to browse all of the city’s buzz-worthy bites under one roof? These are your best bets, says local food writer Elspeth Velten

North Fork: Welcome to the Un-Hamptons

One of the historical holiday colonies of the American Northeast, The Hamptons is the super-exclusive province of millionaires and billionaires. While the smart set stay south, the bargain hunters and tastemakers head for the spectacular wetlands of Long Island’s North Fork. But how long can it retain its innocence? Mark Jones pays a visit

Hot list 2015: best for families

Jane Anderson, editor of Family Traveller magazine, picks the best and brightest for the whole brood

Insider's guide: shopping in New York

The New York-based editor of Hint magazine, Lee Carter, picks the city's best cool boutiques, classic shops and where to stop for a break

New York: St Regis Hotel

With an A-list chef, transformed interiors and three star-quality suites to choose from, the new-look St Regis brings together vintage charm and modern style with flair, says Caroline Egan

Justin Rose on the world's best golfing destinations

To celebrate The Masters tournament this week, champion golfer Justin Rose, who is currently ranked sixth in the world, recommends his favourite courses from Scotland to South Africa

Woody Allen’s New York

No film-maker is as synonymous with a city as Woody Allen is with the Big Apple. Thirty-five years after his film 'Manhattan' opened, Viv Groskop traces his footsteps with the films as her guide

Where to find Woody Allen in Manhattan

Viv Groskop lists the best places to visit in New York for a real Woody Allen experience

20 of the world's coolest shops

If Fashion Week wasn't enough to satisfy your couture cravings, Harriet Walker sources the best burgeoning boutiques and full-on empires

14 innovative city design features

What will the super-efficient city of the future look like? Ianthe Butt tracks down some of the world's best urban developments so far

New York: The Ritz-Carlton

Oozing old-school glamour and with unbeatable views of the Big Apple, the Ritz-Carlton is a grand hotel that will make your stay in New York a very special one, says Ianthe Butt

New York: The Surrey

Well-heeled, stylish and with an enviable art collection, The Surrey is the place for five-star luxury in a refined part of town, says Ianthe Butt

New York: Ace Hotel

Hip, happening and with two top restaurants under its roof, New York's design-led Ace Hotel is an exciting place to stay and a great place to socialise, says Ianthe Butt

Splurge in New York, find bargains in London

The pound’s strength against the dollar means shopping in New York is more affordable for Brits – while Americans heading to London will be on the lookout for bargains. Sasha Wilkins has some tips for whichever direction you’re heading…

Five of the world's best cycling cities

The author of My Cool Bike, Chris Haddon, picks five great cities to explore on two wheels

New York’s top shopping neighbourhoods — and where to shop

Forget Fifth Avenue, these designer stores and neighbourhoods are where you'll find the fashionistas, says ‘The Style King‘ blogger Gary Kingsnorth

In Gatsby's footsteps: Long Island's North Shore, New York

Fans of The Great Gatsby can easily travel to the book's setting in New York state. David Usborne takes a look around the North Shore of Long Island

New York: Washington Square Hotel

Unlike a few other iconic New York hotels, The Washington Square thoroughly deserves its legend status. It's clean, cosy and in a great low-key location, says Andrew Hankinson

Five of the best dog-friendly hotels

Five essential getaways for the well-travelled canine. By Lucille Howe

Who invented the Harlem Shake?

Author Jonathan Gill goes back to the roots of this year's frenetic dance craze

New York: The Library Hotel

Small but beautifully formed and in the heart of the city, The Library Hotel is perfect for those with romantic notions of old New York, says Lucy Thackray

In numbers: New York's Gay Pride

With New York's 25th Pride festival taking to the streets this month, we gen up on a few flag-waving statistics

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

Masculine vs feminine hotel style

As hyper-masculine hotel Belgraves establishes itself in London, other hotels around the world are appealing to the female traveller. But should they be choosing sides? By Mark Jones

New York: The Peninsula

For classic New York charm in a prime location, Fifth Avenue's Peninsula hotel is a slice of heaven in the heart of the city, says Lucy Thackray

Hotel trend: pets and resident animals

From cats to llamas, hotels all over the world are catching on to the charm of a furry (or wrinkly) mascot. Ianthe Butt reports

Eight of the world's fastest cities

With speedy takeaway coffees and good escalator etiquette, these cities' pulses beat that bit faster

New York: The Carlyle

If you're going to New York for glamour, gloss and cracking views, all in the plushest of surroundings, look no further than The Carlyle, says Lucy Thackray

Facehunter: five of the world's most stylish cities

Street style blogger Yvan Rodic, aka Facehunter, picks his five favourite cities for great fashion and style

New York: Mandarin Oriental hotel

Towering over the streets of Manhattan and with stunning views of the river and park, the Mandarin Oriental is just what staying in a New York hotel should be, says Andrew Hankinson

New York: W New York - Downtown

In a part of town you might not normally associate with luxury hotels, the wonderful W is a breath of fresh air in a great location, says Andrew Hankinson

Futuristic vs retro hotels

Some hotels tap into the nostalgia of decades past, while others are racing towards the future of hospitality

Off-season travel: New York during Thanksgiving

As part of an off-season travel special, David Usborne enjoys the quiet of New York during Thanksgiving

New York's Comedy Cellar

Heard the one about the rookie comedian making his stand-up debut at the funniest place on Earth? Andrew Hankinson takes to the mic at New York's renowned Comedy Cellar

New York apartment rentals: living like a local in Brooklyn

Is renting the most relaxed way to discover a new area on your travels? Jane Dunford goes native and rents an apartment in Brooklyn

New York City: Gild Hall

In the heart of New York's financial district, Gild Hall is a cosy oasis of calm and luxury — the perfect place to unwind during a busy stay in the city that never sleeps, says Cherry Healey

On the road with... Marianne Faithfull

The legendary rock chick and singer talks surprising destinations and clean living on tour

The trend: carousels

Fairground carousels are turning (heads) in New York and New Orleans as well as being the subject of a musical revival

Christmas cheers: five of the best city bars around the world

Celebrate the festive season with a yuletide tipple or a New Year toast. But where? Jane Dunford ‘researches' the best bars

Three cities with changing skylines

The highs and lows of London, Seoul and New York's striking buildings

New York: The NoMad Hotel

A chic blend of French styling and all American luxury, Manhattan's NoMad Hotel makes for a wonderfully fashionable NY base, says Aoife O'Riordain

Five of the best bars for a martini

Every bartender who picks up a shaker regards the making of a martini as a badge of professional honour. Equally, drinks critic Tom Sandham has dedicated much of his career to sampling them. Here he picks five of his favourite bars to drink the James Bond of cocktails

Five of the best hotel CDs

So many hotels have a soundtrack, but some are infinitely better than others. Mark Jones listens in on the best CDs in the genre

Ask the pilot: First Officer Kate Laidler

British Airways pilots have had some memorable flights — and passengers. 
This month, First Officer Kate Laidler on flying celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal

Bob Dylan's New York

It's 50 years since Bob Dylan's generation-rousing folk music first kicked up a storm in Greenwich Village. Guided by veterans of the New York counterculture, Rob Crossan retraces Dylan's steps to see if that revolutionary spirit remains

New York: Harlem

New York's hottest district has a vibrant cultural scene and original walking tours. Chris Coplans walks the neighbourhood

Luxury for less: NYC

It's the world capital of extravagance. But for the savvy traveller, it is possible to enjoy five-star New York at two-star prices. In the first of a new series on affordable luxury, Mark Jones takes Manhattan

USA: Woodstock 40 years on

Back in 1969, its festival drew half a million, but 40 years on it’s far more than a mecca for die-hard hippies. Well, sort of, says Sunshine Flint

New York: Manhattan versus Brooklyn

Brooklyn is fighting for Manhattan’s crown as New York’s coolest haunt. Battle lines are drawn in a head-to-head showdown of trendy restaurants, bars, shops and more. Resident Rachael Shapiro compares their considerable merits

John Simpson: Letter from America

From the comfort of his sleeper seat, our correspondent remembers the first time he went to New York and travelled to California on a Greyhound bus