I know you just finished 1L, but do you know if it's harder to get a NY job instead of DC? did everyone who wanted one get one? (or internship)
Though I'm just a rising 2L as well, I can give you feedback from what I've heard from the administration. It's actually harder to get a position in DC than it is in NY, largely because so very many UVA grads trying to penetrate the DC market, so there's far more competition against your peers. Again, I won't have personal experience in the matter until interviews start this August. Also on a general note regarding employment, you are unofficially placed into one of three categories regarding your employment opportunities. According to the literature they handed out this semester, if you're in the top quarter of the class (GPA of 3.5 or higher), you're basically going to have a very strong shot at grabbing interviews with each firm in the Vault 20 (with the sole exception being Wachtell, since I don't believe they interview at UVA). In the second quartile (GPA of 3.3 to 3.5), you're a strong competitor at Vault 100 firms, but it's going to be more hit and miss which particular ones you land interviews with in the fall. And if you're in the lower half of the class, you're basically supposed to apply for interviews with every firm you're interested in.
To the guy who asked about Richmond 1L summer, I know first hand that there were many opportunities in Richmond, a healthy mixture of firm work and public interest work. That being said, many of my peers working in Richmond this summer at not making the big bucks (maybe $10 an hour; obviously the public interest work is not paid, though there are an abundance of grants)... Unless you have superior networking abilities or solid grades, I certainly would not count on getting sizeable pay your first summer regardless of what market you're trying to enter. Many people do, but the majority of people are either not getting paid at all or are working for a low hourly rate.