First New York- Questions

Have already browsed search function and had a few additional questions about First New York. Would love if any of you could give me more info/confirm what I've heard as some info on site seems dated.

1. How many assistant traders per class/how many of those get promoted to trader?
2. During the trial trading period, have heard starting bp is 500k? Can someone confirm?
3. How long is trial trading period/what is considered a good enough percent return to grad to trader?
4. How much classroom work is there during training? Any tests besides Series ones?
5. Assuming good performance, what is max cap given? If they only have $350mm and 200-230 traders, it seems like only $1.5mm per trader, which can't be right.

Best Proprietary Trading Firms - 2010

I know this topic was posted before, but it's been a while and a lot has changed recently. I'm looking to hear primarily from active prop traders and those with first hand knowledge and experience; what are some of the best prop firms out there right now, and why? how has HFT and black box/grey box trading affected these firms' strategies and profitability? What are they now looking for in a new hire? and of course... chicago vs new york vs other: what's the best city for prop trading?