I’ve never really got on with New York. My experiences have tended to be at the height of summer: 104º, rubbish strewn across the street, noise, smells, too many people, aching feet and a lack of decent air con. Now, though, New York is morphing into a new host of delights. This visit included catching up with fabulous old friends, cosy coffee shops serving excellent coffee, Christmas lights, book shops, brunch and people watching, dusky streets empty of crowds – a world away from the neon Times Square I encountered as a child. New York, I think we could get along fine, you know.