Single scenes: Nerd Nite

Where to go and who you can pick up at New York's busiest spots.

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  • Nerd Nite, May 2010

    Nerd Nite, May 2010

  • Nerd Nite, May 2010

    Nerd Nite, May 2010

  • Nerd Nite, May 2010

    Nerd Nite, May 2010

  • Nerd Nite, May 2010

    Nerd Nite, May 2010

  • Nerd Nite, May 2010

    Nerd Nite, May 2010

  • Nerd Nite, May 2010

    Nerd Nite, May 2010

  • Nerd Nite, May 2010

    Nerd Nite, May 2010

Nerd Nite, May 2010

Nerd Nite, May 2010

The scene: If you’ve ever felt compelled to cheer for science—as in, you actually fist-pumped for the Large Hadron Collider—then you belong at Nerd Nite, a gathering of geeks held every second Friday of the month, at Galapagos Art Space (16 Main St at Water St; Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-222-8500, nyc.nerdnite.com). Pairs of friends and large entourages of mixed singles pack in for the event’s trio of 20-minute presentations, during which the focus is on the stage and not on the elligibles in the audience. Don’t get shushed for trying to whisper scientific nothings to your neighbor during the show; your best options for macking are to either cozy up to a clique and share some communal seating on the lower level (if you’re lucky enough to find some), wait until some of the crowd clears out postshow and mingle with the more manageable bunch that remains, or simply register for Nerd Nite Speed Dating on June 11 (6:30pm, $25). After that installment, the event is on hiatus until September 3, so find your smarty-pants summer fling fast.—Shayna Courtney

Percent single: 70%

Most common single type: Straight young yupsters, with some in their forties and fifties

Ease of mingling: The bi-level seating makes for awesome people-watching, but there’s not nearly enough time between presentations to maneuver the crowd and approach the cutie you spotted. Single guy Bruno Navarro said it best: “If there were solid, ten-minute blocks of free time between each presenter, this singles scene would be hoppin’.”

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