Meanwhile the Museum of Modern Art, or Mo MA (moma.org), contains an evolving collection of almost 200,000 works of contemporary and modern art from artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko, plus photography, film, design, and performance.Open 10.30am-5.30pm Mondays to Sundays and until 8pm on Fridays; entry .

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Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of ground to cover, from the oldest buildings in the city near the Wall Street financial district to Chinatown, Little Italy, Tribeca and the West Village – all are worth exploring.

Be sure to walk up Fifth Avenue, from the Washington Square Arch at the bottom to the Plaza Hotel at the top.

The Whitney (whitney.org), which recently moved to an impressive modern building in the meatpacking district, focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art.

Open Wednesday to Monday 10.30am-6pm; closed Tuesdays.

Situated on Times Square, it’s a stone’s throw from Broadway and most of the theatres. If you fancy splashing out, The Bowery (theboweryhotel.com) is a chic option situated in the trendy Lower East Side.

Rooms have large windows and stylish communal lounges. The Cornelia Street Café (corneliastreetcafe.com) in the heart of the West Village is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner, offering delicious side dishes such as hummus drizzled with fruity balsamic vinegar.

For , you can head down to the basement after your meal for a night of jazz.

La Esquina (esquinanyc.com) has trendy décor, tasty Mexican food and friendly service.

It has all the classics – a long bar, marble floor and cosy wooden booths. No need to book but get there before the local, after-work crowd arrives. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan and check out the up-and-coming industrial chic architecture of Dumbo and the famous Brooklyn Flea market (brooklynflea.com) on Sundays (April through October).

Then jump on a water taxi two stops north to Williamsburg.

And with Norwegian (norwegian.com) offering flights to New York from three UK airports from as little as £69 one way, there’s even less excuse not to hope across the pond for a visit.