“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.
The New York neighborhoods with the highest ratio of single women to single men, ages 20 to 34, are the Upper East Side (0.6 men to every woman), Murray Hill (0.68), the Upper West Side (0.79) and Brownsville, Brooklyn (0.8) according to 2014 data from the American Community Survey compiled by the city’s Economic Development Corporation.
A bar filled with friends may bestow the confidence to initiate a conversation with a stranger, which in turn may lead to the confidence to approach some other stranger, at some other bar, on some other night.“It’s full of people who are like-minded: creative, well-traveled, educated, curious,” she said.“I would say 75 percent of the people are people you’d swipe right on.Then one day, a friend texted her to come to happy hour at Rambling House, an Irish pub in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the Bronx.“The vibe was great — everyone was ready to have a good time and tell you their story,” she recalled. I don’t want an hour-and-a-half obstacle just to grab a coffee.