Women seeking women: Date these single New York women (May 2012)

It’s the dating Holy Grail for women seeking women: A Lisbeth Salander type (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for you to date.

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Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Adrian, 29; ESL teacher; Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Where we found her: Brooklyn Kickball at McCarren Park
“I’m a superb cuddler, dependable and a fantastic cook. I’m a little bit hilarious and great with my hands. I’m super outgoing and have many interests. I have lived and worked in four countries and all over the States.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail: adrian1@tonypersonals.com.

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Photograph: Grace Chu

Jessica, 26, puppet theater director and designer, Chinatown
Where we found her: Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum
“My best friend says I’m sexy, funny, adventurous and creative. He also says I’m like Lisbeth Salander without the social awkwardness. But what does he know? I like drinking beer, riding my bike, and I have a great rack.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail: jessica1@tonypersonals.com.

We’ll fess up. It appears that the four places we visited for this round of “Date these singles” are not the places to go to meet lesbians. (Although if you’re after a single New York woman who’s like Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo without the social awkwardness, try Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.) From past experience, however, we can tell you Ginger’s Bar in Park Slope is a good bet for women seeking women. See who we found there in April’s “Date these bachelorettes.”

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100 pickup spots: New Yorkers tell us where they go to find a date

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The dater’s handbook: Dating tips to help you prevent a bad date

Here are dating tips that you need to know to help you survive a horrific date—and tips to protect yourself before one even happens. We’ve all been on terrible dates—and they suck. But with our dater’s handbook, you just might be able to prevent a bad date from happening. Our dating tips include apps to download that can help boost conversation, and services that send robocalls to get you out of a bad date. Plus, find out how to graciously decline another outing. Before Set up a Google Voice numberYes, you should definitely keep an open mind when you’re looking for the right person, but it’s equally important to protect yourself from under-the-radar stalker types. If you’d prefer not to receive random 2am texts, mask your cell number by registering for a free Google Voice account (google.com/voice). After linking it to your legit number, you can have the system forward both calls and texts, which you can respond to without giving away your real digits. (But if things go well, be sure to come clean as soon as possible.) Memorize your local Rejection Hotline numberThese days, striking up a conversation with an attractive stranger in a bar or other public locale sounds more like a meet-cute than real life. More often than we’d like, that good-looking someone is actually an overzealous, liquored-up weirdo. Should things get desperate, save yourself by doling out the number of the Rejection Hotline’s New York branch (212-660-2245). When the soon-to-be rebuffed party calls, th

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