Finding a meteorite is not an easy thing to do. Finding one just by chance is even harder. You live in NY, not many finds or falls from there. The best chance of finding a meteorite is in an arid climate like the desert SW, Sahara desert, Atacama desert, etc. I know that over the years meteorites have fallen in the Everglades in Florida but they could never be recovered, just like the ocean. The book has a lot of good info for just learning about meteorites. You can YouTube old TV shows of Meteorite Men With Geoffrey Notkin and Steve Arnold. Fun to watch. I spent an afternoon talking with Steve Arnold at his meteorite store in Eureka Springs Arkansas a few years ago.
My wife doesn’t let me go wandering around the desert anymore by myself. So my time is also limited. When I go to Gold Basin in Arizona my main focus is gold prospecting. Great place for stargazing, dark skies. When I get tired of shoveling, picking, and dry washing I pull out the metal detector and search for meteorites in a known strewn field. Most of the time empty handed. It’s harder to find them now than 10 years ago. I also have homemade meteorite canes. Wooden dowel, foam grip, and rare earth magnet attached to the bottom. These work good on dry lake beds where you can also visually find meteorites if your lucky enough.
You never know where a meteorite could be found. A guy wandering around the desert, a farmer plowing a field in Kansas, or a single 20 lb. meteorite that is buried In a field close to your house that’s been there 20,000 years.
Have fun with it, thanks Dave