Beyond its significance in the worlds of finance, commerce, fashion and media, it is in the imagination of the heart that this city reigns eternal.

On arrival you can bypass the queues to the popular yellow cabs and instead, be greeted by a local chauffeur from Blacklane Limousines, ensuring you arrive in New York in style and without fuss. The chauffeur will drive you straight to the door of your hotel, perhaps in this case, The Standard East Village Hotel, modelled in Italian design with cracked slate jigsawing its way across the floor. Or maybe The Bowery, recreating the aesthetic of the traditional New York apartment, or the sexier Smyth Tribeca, cast in the style of Sixties New York, inspired by Mad Men with leather walls and a suave, imposing masculinity.

Once checked-in, you may take a wander around some of the boutiques of NoLiTa, or hop along the new jewellery shop window in Madison Avenue, and then to pick up your limited edition fashion accessories in the East Village. Maybe you want to catch a game at Madison Square Gardens, or take a quick trip to the Rockefeller Center followed by a dusk stroll through the Botanical Garden.

Next you may head towards Broadway, 'The Great White Way', in time to catch an evening performance in one its forty theatres there. Hungry after the play, you can try out the Crown Restaurant in the Upper East Side, glancing into the world of Gossip Girl; or enjoy the flavours of Italy at Del Posto on 10th Avenue. If in the mood for something more unique, you could try the 'Farmers Feast' at Blue Hill in Greenwich Village, consisting of five courses inspired by that week's harvest, all local produce, promoting a synthesis between sustainable farming and exquisite eating. Or if none of this is quite right, why not attempt to gain entry into one of New York's exclusive dining clubs ...

After you have eaten you have the choice of a variety of cocktails bars. Clover Club, in Brooklyn is set in the retro style of a speakeasy, and offers sumptuous brioche pudding to accompany your drink. Or leave the basement, for the penthouse Upper Elm, where you can lounge by the pool and sip upon a grilled-lime mojito.

The night is still young – indeed, in New York, it always is – so you could slink over to the serene, candled ambiance of A60 in the Sixty Thompson hotel. Here, while browsing the drinks list and munching on light delicacies, you release a contented sigh, and look out over the iconic skyline, and the city that never sleeps.