Nick Bryant

Nick Bryant New York correspondent

These are my reflections on life in New York, the unofficial capital of the world

Snowperbole: New Yorkers ask 'Is that it?'

Commuters make their way across the Brooklyn Bridge after a snow storm in New York January 27, 2015.

In the end it was the threat of a monster storm that paralysed New York City, rather than the snowfall itself.

Just five inches were recorded in Central Park, nowhere near the forecast of up to three feet. Warnings, near apocalyptic, that the city faced an extreme weather event of epic and historic proportions, which started with a press conference on Sunday conducted by New York Mayor's Bill de Blasio, now sound alarmist.

Shutting down the subway system, for the first time in its history because of snow, can easily be viewed in retrospect like overkill. So does bringing in a car curfew, which banned non-emergency vehicles from the streets from 23:00 last night.

Walking the empty streets of Manhattan pre-dawn, and seeing the snow, we all found ourselves asking the same question: "Is that it?"

It reminded me of that scene from Crocodile Dundee, when Mick Dundee is confronted by muggers wielding a switchblade. "That's not a knife," he says, pulling out a much scarier weapon. "This is a knife."

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MLK's Selma march captured by Stephen Somerstein's lens

  • 19 January 2015
  • From the section Magazine

Some of the most memorable news imagery of the post-war years came from the struggle for black equality, when photojournalism doubled as iconography.

So shocking were the front page pictures from Birmingham, Alabama, in the spring of 1963 of police German shepherd dogs tearing at the clothes and flesh of young protesters that it roused public support for the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act that dismantled segregation in the south.

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Maine 'thinking locally' on Ebola nurse quarantine

Television cameras stand on the road across from the house of nurse Kaci Hickox in Fort Kent, Maine 30 October 2014

Even without the Halloween decorations adorning many of the houses, the small Maine border town of Fort Kent would have something of a ghostly feel.

There are few people on the streets, and little activity. Early this morning, it was just a few locals arriving in their pick-up trucks at the hardware shop on the main drag in town, and a couple of people dropping by a diner.

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US mid-terms: Will national security decide New Hampshire race?

New Hampshire is a state where the Republican attempts to turn these congressional elections into a referendum on President Barack Obama run up against that stubborn old adage "all politics is local".

A close Senate race pits the first-term incumbent Jeanne Shaheen against Scott Brown, the former senator from neighbouring Massachusetts, who has crossed the state line in a bid to revive his political career.

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Lakhdar Brahimi: UN Syria envoy stepping down

Lakhdar Brahimi has long been one of the UN's most trusted and effective diplomatic troubleshooters, having worked in the past in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But the 80-year-old Algerian has made it known for months he intended to step down from one of world diplomacy's toughest and most thankless jobs.

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Ukraine's Yanukovych asked for troops, Russia tells UN

  • 4 March 2014
  • From the section Europe

Covering the UN on Monday felt like time-travelling back to the days of the Cold War, when America and the Soviet Union used the Security Council not as a forum to resolve problems but as a platform to voice strong rhetoric.

Lending the angry session an even more nostalgic feel, it also featured a prop - a letter from Ukraine's ousted President Yanukovych, brandished by Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, requesting Moscow's intervention to protect the country's Russian-speaking people.

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David Beckham 'living a dream' with MLS franchise in Miami

  • 5 February 2014
  • From the section Football

"Dotted with palm trees and heavily populated with Spanish-speaking residents, Miami is a north American city with a south American feel.

"So despite all the other sports the city has to offer - American football, baseball, basketball - it's a natural home for professional football, or soccer as it's called here. It also casts itself as one of America's glamour cities, which again suits the Beckham brand.

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Michael Bloomberg's contested legacy as New York mayor

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg has overseen the transformation of New York City during his 12 years as mayor. But as he prepares to leave office the billionaire businessman's political legacy is contested.

In a city that favours large and flamboyant personalities, Michael Bloomberg is hardly the sort to light up a room. He is a data-driven technocrat, an entrepreneur with vast personal wealth but lacking comparable charisma.

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JFK anniversary: The myth and reality

  • 22 November 2013
  • From the section Magazine
John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy descend the stairs of Air Force One in Dallas, 22 November 1963

The assassination of John F Kennedy means that we all get to decide how his story should have ended, and thus plot an alternative trajectory for the country he so fleetingly led. The events in Dallas exactly 50 years ago made JFK as much a myth as a man, one of history's most endlessly malleable figures.

He was a politician "cut down in his prime", in the words of the well-worn narrative, whom Americans and others around the world could mould into the president they yearned him to be.

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UN rejects Africa bid to halt Kenya leaders' ICC trials

  • 15 November 2013
  • From the section Africa

The resolution put forward by Rwanda, with the backing of the African Union, complained that the ICC trials were distracting President Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, from responding to September's attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi. They wanted a one-year deferral. But for African nations this vote, which they knew would never pass, had larger meaning - it was also a protest at what they regard as an institutional bias from the International Criminal Court against Africa.

In the end, the resolution mustered the support of seven nations, two short of the nine required, with America, France, and Britain abstaining. It was actually the first time in decades that a resolution had failed in this way. Usually, resolutions fail because they are vetoed by one of the five permanent members. That underscores how symbolic this vote had become.

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About Nick

Before becoming the BBC's New York and United Nations correspondent, Nick was based in Washington, South Asia and Sydney.

In Washington, he covered the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W Bush, while in South Asia he reported from the sharp end of the Bush administration's war on terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He has filed from many of the world's most famous datelines, including the White House, the Kremlin, the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula, Downing Street, Ground Zero and Guantanamo Bay.

He has also reported from many trouble spots, including Afghanistan, Kashmir, Gaza, Sri Lanka, Iran and Rwanda.

A history graduate from Cambridge with a PhD in American politics from Oxford, he is the author of two books, The Bystander: John F Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality, and Confessions from Correspondentland.

He is married to the Australian fashion designer Fleur Wood.

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