In case you missed the big announcement because of timezones and whatnot: I am moving to New York to take up a new full-time job with Routehappy, a West Village-based startup that does travel search, but by comfort and passenger experience as well as schedule and price.
I'm going to be their Director, Data, starting this Saturday.
I'm incredibly excited, having been consulting for Routehappy since before Christmas. These are awesome people doing an amazing thing — so much so that they've managed to lure me away from my dream job in my beloved Wellington to Manhattan.
I leave Wellington this weekend and arrive in NYC on the 11th, via Melbourne, Auckland, Tokyo Narita and London Heathrow, all of which will see me staying at least one night. If you're around, let me know.
This is the bit where I ask for your help with practicalities! It has been a decade since I lived in NY or the US. I am on the lookout for:
Someone in NYC who is subletting or would like to rent out a spare room for a few months while I find my feet in the city. Ideally on the 1/C/E trains, but pretty much any line would get me close enough.
Recommendations for a bank that deals well with people who have been out of the country for ten years and do not have credit scores, and who like to use the Internet for most interactions with bank people.
Recommendations for a pay-as-you-go iPhone 5 nanoSIM for a lot of data and probably a fair bit of talking, at least initially.
A church choir, probably Anglican, definitely progressive in congregation, ideally with a strong leaning towards late Victorian/early 20th Century music. (Stanford, VW, Darke, Dyson, Stainer, that sort of stuff.)
New Yorker friends up for japes, jollity and fun.
Can you help with any of those? Do you know people who know people? Please share widely -- link them here, hit me up on Twitter (I'm @thatjohn), or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org will find me wherever I am.