Two of my characters (a girl age 14 & an elderly man) are homeless & just made their way to New York City. It's been years since I've been there and I've only visited, so I could use some help. -- They've been spending most of their time in Manhattan. Are there a fair amount of homeless people in Manhattan? -- They've been street performing (dancing and drumming) for change. Are there a lot of panhandlers/street performers like this in NYC/Manhattan? -- The year is 1996. I've read that panhandling was outlawed in, like, '92, but then the judgment was repealed and was legal again although some cops still hassle panhandlers (tell them to "move along" or something). Does this sound accurate? -- They're not living in a homeless shelter, but I'd like to have them get meals from them on occasion. Anything anyone can tell me about NYC homeless shelters would be great. Are they huge, small? Safe, violent? -- Could they sleep on the E train all night while it goes back and forth from Jamaica Center to the World Trade Center stops (this is how it looks on the transit map)? My bad if these questions are terribly ignorant. Thank you.