Long ago were your college days of meeting a new girl in psych class or bumping into Mr. Right at a mixer with your favorite fraternity. As a busy adult in the big city, meeting a new guy or girl that you can trust or who has similar interests can be tricky. Tired of the bar scene? Done with online dating? There are creative ways out there to meet your perfect match in NYC. By Sarah Shaker.
Are you a foodie or passionate for the art gallery scene? Tickets to curated events, provided by deal sites, can introduce you to an in-the-know young crowd, sharing similar interests in food, the arts or just plain boozing. Check out Thrillist’s upcoming “Mets Tix. Lobster Roll. Beer. Go!” to meet a sports fan cutie or Gilt City’s Kelly Clarkson and The Fray concert could connect female music lovers with sensitive guys.
Did you play a sport in college? Or miss your childhood days of dodge ball in your crush’s backyard? Join a league like ZogSports, NYC Social Sports Club or New York Urban Professionals Athletic League (check out our full roundup of intramural leagues here). You may meet an athletic cutie who’s at least looking to make new friends. And don’t forget about those post-game happy hours.
Gym or Fitness Center
Catch the eye of a cutie in spin class? Chat him or her up about a new heart rate monitor, as you are in the market to purchase one (as your heart races up a few speeds mid-convo). Or sign up for an indoor or outdoor bootcamp class for a sweaty, hardcore flirt session.
If you’re not one of those New Yorkers that relies on FreshDirect (or even if you are), don’t count out the grocery store as a great place to meet someone. Shopping at your neighborhood organic store for your favorite coconut water and spot a brooding hipster reaching for the same bottle? Start up a conversation about which brand you prefer. Take it a step further and join the Park Slope Food Coop, or another volunteer-to-shop market, where you can work and shop alongside health conscious cuties.
Volunteer Love animals? Spend a few hours a week helping out at a shelter. Wish you could do more for fellow New Yorkers in need? Spend time at God’s Love We Deliver, cooking or delivering meals to those who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. You may meet someone who shares your beliefs in charity and philanthropy. Check out our roundup of the city’s best options for volunteering for more options.
Coffee Shops Oh the life of freelance writers and film editors – sitting at East Village coffee shops, sipping lattes and staring at their MacBooks. Ask that good looking stranger by the wall to plug in your laptop, as you just can’t seem to reach the wall from your table.
Meetups Interested in social media? Are you a wine connoisseur? There’s a Meetup Group for you (and potentially your future boyfriend or girlfriend). Check out The New York City Karaoke Meetup Group, NYC Fun Run or NY Entrepreneurs Business Network for a range of interests around NYC.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.