48 hours in ... New York

The wonders of Manhattan offer a wealth of itinerary choices. C&IT focuses on some highlights

Day 1

8am: Start with a great breakfast at the W New York - Downtown, a new branch of the hip hotel chain, located in the middle of the bustling financial district.

9am: Orientation and meetings can take place comfortably in the hotel, which has almost 2,000m2 of space. Its four state-of-the-art studios can be combined in a number of ways to make spaces for up to 144 delegates. Break-out sessions can include mini yoga or cookery lessons via the hotel's Wish Workshop.

12.30pm: Transfer uptown to Firebird for lunch. "It's a space that will get the creative juices flowing," says Ina Lee Selden, president of DMC Manhattan Passport. "It's a stunning turn-of-the-century townhouse, with an outdoor deck and dining rooms."

2.30pm: Lora Green, associate manager at DMC New York Guest, recommends a bus tour of lower Manhattan, saying some of the "most popular sites in New York City are located in the area referred to in local terms as 'downtown'." Highlights include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the site of the former World Trade Center, Ground Zero.

6.30pm: Back to the hotel to freshen up and then out again to Battery Gardens for a formal dinner. At the southernmost corner of Battery Park, the restaurant has panoramic views of New York Harbour, including historic Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty.

Day 2

9.30am: If corporate social responsibility is an important component of the visit, there are various ways of including activities, such as building and donating a bike to inner-city children, to benefit some of the underprivileged communities.

12.30: Sarah Gippin, sales manager at DMC Briggs Inc, suggests a picnic lunch at the new Highline Park. "It was once an elevated rail-road track. It's a mile-and-a-half long swathe of green, with panoramic views of the Hudson river and the city skyline," she says.

2pm: Back down to ground level for a walking tour of Chelsea's art districts. At pre-arranged locations, gallery curators and artists will be present to discuss their work - many of the galleries house exhibitions featuring art ranging from traditional paintings, drawings and sculptures to more dynamic media such as sound, video and light. The day ends at an artist's studio for wine and cheese.

8pm: For a memorable final evening, Karen Shackman, director of DMC Shackman Associates, recommends a truly unique dining experience at Ninja New York. Ninja is a £2.3m, 560m2 recreation of two 18th-century, mountainside Japanese villages, great for a mid-size group that wishes to try something completely different in New York. It features menus presented on a scroll and a dramatic performance during dinner.

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