1. When traveling from another state (in this case, Ohio) to the Port Authority bus station in New York City, where do you end up, and how do you get your luggage? Does the bus park outside on the street or in a lot, and you wait for the bus driver to take your luggage out from underneath the bus, or what? Also, once you have your luggage, would you then go into the terminal, or, if you're out on the street already, would you just try to get a cab?
2. Is it possible to find a hotel room in Manhattan (I was thinking the Lower East Side, maybe?) for a reasonable price? (By that, I mean, like, $50 to $100 a night.) It's possible that I was looking in the wrong places, but the best I could find was $249/night, and my character needs something a little cheaper. Are there any cheap, even cheap-and-crappy, hotels in Manhattan? Or would my character need to go to Brooklyn or somewhere to find a more affordable place to stay?
3. At a large newspaper, would any reporters have their own offices, or would everyone work at desks in a newsroom? Again, it's possible I've been poking around in the wrong places, but while I've found stuff on reporting and newsrooms in general and how to write for a newspaper, I haven't found anything about what the day-to-day life of a reporter would be like.
Thanks in advance! And if anyone has any websites to recommend dealing with NYC or what it's like to be a reporter, I'd be incredibly grateful for links. :)