My wife and I (both mid 50s) have just returned from our long anticipated first trip to New York.
We booked the trip some 9 months ago and I have spent at least the past 6 months religiously researching via travel guides and especially TA and this forum and I must say the help that I got from reading everyones advice and experiences was absolutely invaluable. I had notes for Africa and had prepared a day planner itinerary for the 14 days we were going to be in Manhattan but about a week out from our departure date I ditched the itinerary entirely and instead formulated a simple list of places and activities by neighbourhood with no set time frame to do any of it. As it turned out it was one of the best things I ever did because it gave us a flexibility that I am sure made our trip a lot less stressful. The big difficulty in planning your first trip is knowing how long everything takes and how much you can comfortably pack into a day.
As it turned out you can do far more than I imagined in a day but equally you can spend all day doing nothing but taking in the sights and sounds.
So here we go.............I will post our daily activities as replies and try to keep it as brief as I can.