Re: Graduating NYU - what now?
stay in nyc, i wish i had done the same when i graduated. you will most likely not be employed as a photographer for your first few years out of school, that is a sad fact of the industry. my mentor, an international fashion photographer, told me when i first began working for him, "if you really want to do this, be prepared to fetch a lot of coffee and live out of a suitcase for the first 10 years of your career."
my suggestion is to get a paid job as an assistant, either to a photographer or at one of the photo studios in town. craigslist is a good resource for a lot of these jobs. you may even want to consider working for an agency that reps photographers, which could put you in contact with shooter that you want to work with.
while you work to pay your bills and gain experience, find young designers, musicians, and models that you can shoot. you may make a little money or you may make none at all, but the important thing is that your portfolio is constantly growing and expanding. you may have to take another job too. When I first graduated I was working full time as a paid photographer's assistant and nights at a coffee house. frankly, i loved it! there are no freebies in this business and you have to pay your dues before you can make a name for yourself.