I've been told by those at the firm I worked at that an out-of-state resident should book a hotel room for the NY bar asap as they fill up quickly. Where are my supposed to book the hotel?
Also, how on earth do I do that without bar exam dates?
You won't know your test site for certain until the bar gets closer, but what many people do is go ahead and book a hotel room in Albany if they are out-of-state, or book a hotel room in the City somewhere near the Javits if they are in-state. If you wait until the NY Bar examiners give you a definite test site (which can come as late as June) then you will most certainly find that all the rooms are gone.
So go ahead and book now. You're basically playing the odds that you will likely test at the Javits (if in-state) although you may end up at one of the other sites in Manhattan. If out-of-state you are guaranteed to test in Albany UNLESS you win the laptop lottery, in which case you will have a choice of taking in Javits or a few other locations.
Good luck with that *&^%. Gives me the creeps just thinking about it again.