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  • Hanniel 18, student, Roosevelt Island

  • Rama 29, software programmer and Hare Krishna, transient

  • Susie 23, teacher, Westchester, NY

  • Kerina 25, executive and editorial assistant, Hell's Kitchen

  • Ben 27, grad student, Astoria, Queens

  • Michelle 27, law student, Lower East Side

  • Sammy 24, financial analyst, Financial District

  • Wilfred 25, staffing agent, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Isaac 23, carpenter, "I'm backpacking, so I don't currently have a home

Photographs: Casey Rosen

THE VIBE
Yeah, yeah, we know what you’re thinking. But look, it’s not as duh-obvious as Sheep Meadow; it’s airier than Union Square; and thanks to a recent $16 million-plus makeover, the 9.75-acre space is reemerging as one of the city’s most popular playgrounds—for kids and adults. Eligible ladies and gents of every race and sexual persuasion can be found reading on the benches, picnicking on the grass, shooting low-budget films near the dog runs and congregating around the fountain to have eye-sex with strangers; local jazz bands and unrelenting Hare Krishnas provide the atypical soundtrack. Feeling shy? Plop down for a heated chess match by the West 4th Street entrance, then channel your aggression into pickup artistry. Could that be your soul mate over there by the undercover narcotics officers?—Lauren Otis

WHO YOU’LL MEET


Hanniel 18, student, Roosevelt Island
“I want someone who likes adventures. I like guys who like to go camping and do outdoorsy stuff. Someone who’s funny without trying really hard, who’s radical, and who believes in something and likes telling people about it.”
Want to date Hanniel? E-mail hanniels@tonypersonals.com.


Rama 29, software programmer and Hare Krishna, transient
“I have a motorbike and my backseat is empty, so I need a good-looking girl to take for rides. I’d also like a girl who can take me horseback riding—I never learned how.”
Want to date Rama? E-mail ramas@tonypersonals.com.


Susie 23, teacher, Westchester, NY
“I’ve had tons of engaged guys come on to me lately. It’s like, 'Wait a minute, you’re getting married in a few months!’ I’m also looking for someone who’s close to their family. In Spanish culture, I have to take you home to Dad and he has to approve. If not, you’re out.”
Want to date Susie? E-mail susanat@tonypersonals.com.


Kerina 25, executive and editorial assistant, Hell’s Kitchen
“The perfect date involves doing something active—dancing or rock climbing. You’ve got to be adventurous, but smart. You get knocked down a couple rungs if you talk to a guy and it’s clear that they’re not intelligent.”
Want to date Kerina? E-mail kerinap@tonypersonals.com.


Ben 27, grad student, Astoria, Queens
“I’m in grad school and I’m kind of a nomad. I’ve probably lived in four cities in the last five years, so I’m not looking for anything long-term. Outside of looks, I go for intelligence, and someone I can talk to.”
Want to date Ben? E-mail benf@tonypersonals.com.


Michelle 27, law student, Lower East Side
“I want someone with a sense of humor, who’s intelligent, ambitious and up on current affairs. My ideal date would include a trip to a quiet wine bar and long conversation—the kind where you can get to know a person in depth in one sitting.”
Want to date Michelle? E-mail michellem@tonypersonals.com.


Sammy 24, financial analyst, Financial District
“It’s been a really long winter, so it’d be great to find somebody to enjoy the outside with. Somebody to listen to some jazz with—maybe in the park?”
Want to date Sammy? E-mail sama@tonypersonals.com.


Wilfred 25, staffing agent, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
“I’m looking for a girl who’s pretty, but most important, nice inside. For a date I’d love to sit, talk...and do romantic stuff.”
Want to date Wilfred? E-mail wilfredh@tonypersonals.com.


Isaac 23, carpenter, “I’m backpacking, so I don’t currently have a home
“I’m looking for a free spirit who doesn’t mind doing whatever. I’m not too picky—I just want someone with a decent head on her shoulders.”
Want to date Isaac? E-mail isaacr@tonypersonals.com.

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