research: I've google'd variations of 'ship fare', 'german immigrants', 'ellis island', 'new york', '19th century america', etc. I've also looked in the community's tags.
specifics of question: Basically, I'm trying to write a fanfic in which three German kids (one girl, two boys) run away from their families to America. I'd really like to know what kind of transportation they could use to get to a port city (train is the most likely bet, and I'd like suggestions on which city I should use; my Google-fu turns up Hamburg, but
Additionally, what kinds of jobs will three teenage German immigrants be able to take in America? They're 15-16 years old, but this is tentative--I might be aging them up to 18, if it's more convenient. All of them are intelligent--they studied Latin and, it seems, precalculus(?) in school--but they're really adverse to the idea of attending school in America. Would they run into trouble on the streets? What kind of semi-cheap housing does 19th-century NYC have?
...Basically, any help on 1890's-era NYC and immigration facts would be greatly welcomed! and if anyone could guess what fandom I'm trying to write for, well~♥