Yayyy -- another New Yorker!
Just wanted to say hi and welcome. Alissa's books and DVDs have lots of good information on starting raw. There's also lots of great information and support here on this site. You can also see lots of how-to videos of people preparing raw dishes (from simple to gourmet) on youtube.
Basically how I started was just jumping in and figuring it out as I went along. There's no right or wrong way to do it, just experiment and have fun and enjoy the journey!
You'll find you'll probably need a blender and a food processor to start.
“Strength shows, not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.”
* Lady Merenwen* is Not Currently Fasting with the Fellowship of the Fasters