Ellis - I went with both of my sisters (16 & 23), nephew (11 months) and mom. My mom had been there before, and sis#1 had been there for a day before. The other thing I must do next time is the museums and library. I am a geek. My big thing was Strawberry Fields in Central Park, and the UN even if we didn't get to go on the tour. I really wanted to see the NY Stock Exchange, but it hasn't reopened to tourists yet.
Good luck with getting that apartment ready.
Lidian - I loved my 2 hours of alone time I took. The rest of the fam went to Yankee Stadium, I went to Central Park. It was wonderful
I hope you get some much needed time, now you are home.