I'm taking my wife to New York for her birthday at the start of December; thus far I have flights booked, and that's it. We arrive at Newark just after 3pm on Friday 2nd, and leave at 4pm on Sunday 4th (from Calgary, so it's a fair amount of flight but not jet-lag's worth). That much, at least, is sorted out.
Next question: what should we see, and where should we stay? I know basically nothing about the geography of New York beyond what I've sort of vaguely got from movies / TV / bikesnobnyc, none of which is very concrete. I know Manhattan's where all the big buildings are, and I guess(?) the sights, but I also know that there are an awful lot of sights to see; how practical is public transport for getting around? Google maps thinks it's an hour from the airport to the Statue of Liberty which gives me a rough starting point, but I'm still pretty fuzzy on the details, and if it's even worth taking the subway -vs- walking, like I'd do in London.
What things are must-sees, given that fairly limited time? There's a lot of museums, there's Broadway for shows, there's going to the different boroughs to see what's there; there's just walking around, we both like to walk places, so would it make more sense to try and see things on foot to save transit complications; you can see a lot of the big name stuff in London on foot, but I don't know if there's an equivalent sort of thing in New York,
And is it worth trying to stay somewhere central or is that just going to be ludicrously expensive? (checking, we'd get _bunk beds_ at the YMCA by Central Park for $goodgrief) Would it be better to stay a bit further out and take transit in the morning to wherever-it-is?
This is a pretty fuzzy set of questions, but beyond "okay, so we're going to New York" I don't have much worked out, and it feels like there's some real-world knowledge about how to get around in New York that I'm completely lacking which would help to narrow things down a bit.