Reflecting on Year One in NYC

It’s been an eventful year since I graduated last summer, made the transition from Cambridge to Bushwick. There’s much more to this story, but I’m hoping this quick retrospective will kickstart this blog back into action.

Work

A year ago was an exciting time for us: some friends and I had made a successful iPhone app together, been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, and received enough money from AT&T to work on mobile apps for schools AND live off of for a year. Times were good.

We worked hard to get our work off the ground, finding our way with AT&T, some of their partner companies, and of course, universities, and ended up deploying the Columbia Business School mobile app last month after a year of hard work. While we didn’t quite take our business to the level we wanted, we ended up with a product we can be proud of.

As our team heads off in different directions, things are getting exciting once again. I’ll have more to tell in a little over a week.

Life

I’m convinced I’m a different person than I was when I arrived in New York City. It took a long time for me to get over how dirty, crowded and expensive it can be, but I’m learning to love it here–there really is no place like it. I’ve particularly enjoyed the live music scene.

Bushwick has been great to me, and I’ll miss it when I leave for Manhattan. I’m consistently amazed at how lucky we got with our apartment–even though our building has been an unexpected (or unwanted) adventure at times, we’re around the corner from the L train, we now have a 24-hour grocery store across the street, and there are restaurants and shops popping up everywhere. We couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the city.

Happy New Year, NYC!

I have lots of goals for the next year: getting a bike and commuting above-ground, getting more involved in the NYC startup scene, and meeting more people, to name a few. It’s definitely going to be a busy year. Oh, and more concerts.

And, once again, I hope to make this blog worth reading!