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Y., where she’d spent most of her life.“I thought, ‘This is going to be my golden ticket! Instead, meeting people in person was “near impossible,” she added.
“And I consider myself a social person.”Though not opposed to online dating, she felt out of place in family-friendly Washington Heights and found her forays to Midtown and Lower East Side bars disappointing, the men standoffish.
“I texted my mom and said, ‘I want to move to Woodlawn.’ Within a few weeks I was in a Realtor’s office.”Last May, she did indeed move there, to a one-bedroom co-op she bought. “There are a lot of young people here because it’s a fun place to live. I don’t want to end up coming back at midnight on some train that stalls in the station because of an investigation.”Nancy Slotnick, a dating coach, said that proximity was crucial for many single New Yorkers.
And Woodlawn, a neighborhood filled with one- and two-family houses as well as some brick apartment buildings, has proved unexpectedly welcoming to Ms. I’d like to meet someone not in a bar, but I’m just enjoying my 20s, going on some crazy dates.”In a similarly surprising corollary, a neighborhood with a high percentage of single people doesn’t necessarily translate into a good singles neighborhood. “The first date is going to happen so much more easily if you’re in the same neighborhood,” she said.
When his aging bulldog compelled him to trade his walk-up for an elevator building, he seized on the opportunity and rented a one-bedroom on the Lower East Side, a quick walk to local favorites like Stanton Social or Mr. She later found out that he had come into the cafe where she was an owner just the day before. “When you’re in the same neighborhood you get that chance over and over again.”But Michael J.Zamor’s mother, a nurse, and father, a psychiatrist, emphasized the importance of marrying a man whose education and aspirations were similar to her own.She likes that on dating apps like Soul Swipe, Tinder and Plenty of Fish you can easily find out where someone went to school, what he does for work, and where he lives — which she views as important indicators of compatibility.Rosenfeld, a Stanford University sociology professor who researches how couples meet, said that meeting in the neighborhood, along with meeting through family, friends, co-workers, school and church, had declined since the 1990s, largely because of the rise of online dating.“Neighborhood still matters in lots of ways, at least for people who have a choice of where they live, which is not everybody,” he said.