There are other places where you can search for records that do not require a subscription.
The Ellis Island site for ship manifests. Just requires you to register and set up a password.
The Steve Morse search site which I've found very helpful locating Ellis Island records.
The Italian Genealogical Group for locating information on Naturalization, Death, and other records in the five boros of New York City--Manhattan, Bronx, Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn) and Queens counties.
The Westchester County NY archives.
And others. We're all willing to help you in any way we can, so just ask when you're ready.