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Find a date in NYC: New York singles found at dating events

By Jeff Oloizia |
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MCs Jonah Spear and Charlie Nox at Strange Angels event at Public Assembly, helping New Yorkers relax and find a date in NYC.
Photograph: Francine Daveta MCs Jonah Spear and Charlie Nox at Strange Angels event at Public Assembly, helping New Yorkers relax and find a date in NYC.

We scouted out the New York singles at dating websites Strange Angels and Match.com’s offline events. Ask them out over e-mail and go out on a date in NYC.

MCs Jonah Spear and Charlie Nox at Strange Angels event at Public Assembly, helping New Yorkers relax and find a date in NYC.
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Strange Angels event at Public Assembly, September 23, 2012

Roughly 80 singles looking for a date in NYC flocked to Williamsburg on a Sunday evening for the inaugural live event by dating site Strange Angels (strangeangels.com), an online community that encourages friends, family or Good Samaritans to help members make connections. Minglers wore name tags color-coded to their relationship status—in addition to singles, a select number of matchmakers were invited to help organize and encourage conversation—and MCs Jonah Spear and Charlie Nox helped break the ice with games, skits and by reading aloud secrets that event-goers had placed in an anonymous confessional box.

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Bex at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Bex, 26, fashion stylist, Chelsea

Woman seeking men
“Running and biking are my preferred methods of transportation. A magical Saturday night involves ample twirling under myriad disco balls, gazing at pretty lights through 3-D glasses and canoodling in chinchillas at sunrise. I challenge you to a thrift-store fashion show walk-off.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail bex@tonypersonals.com
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Blaine at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Blaine, 28; “graphic design demigod” (manager of a graphic-design department); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Man seeking women
“I can cook, I can do field surgery, and I like dinosaurs and bourbon (sometimes all at once). I’m pretty drunk right now. Whales are pretty cool. I can do a pretty good Tom Waits impersonation. Jesus; what else do you want from me?”
Want to ask him out? E-mail blaine@tonypersonals.com
David at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

David, 25, founder of Burke Software and Consulting LLC, Harlem

Man seeking women
“At work I support child labor by doing IT support for schools that have work-study programs. At play, I fail at yoga. I succeed at homemade pizzas.”
Want to ask him out? E-mail david5@tonypersonals.com
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Elizabeth at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Elizabeth, 39; seamstress and milliner; Astoria, Queens

Woman seeking men
“I specialize in making hats for theaters and private clients. Recently, while consulting with a friend who is in the neoburlesque scene, I realized that pasties are just tiny hats, and thus, my company, Chapeau Du Sein, was born. Oh, and also, I make beer. Yup. Beer and pasties.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail elizabeth@tonypersonals.com
Elizabeth at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Emily, 33; photographer, writer and wellness maven; Jackson Heights, Queens

Woman seeking men
“I can hop on one foot holding a pint glass full of water and not spill it.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail emily1@tonypersonals.com
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Jolly Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Jolly, 28; hacker, photographer, speaker, nomad; Financial District

Man seeking women
“Every weekend, I find the most interesting place in the U.S. to be. In the past two months, I’ve jumped off bridges in Portland for the World Domination Summit, traded soul mates at Burning Man and learned how to be a caveman in Boston at the Ancestral Health Symposium. But last Friday, I flew to Chicago for a day to visit my family (and my teddy bear, Softy).”
Want to ask him out? E-mail jolly@tonypersonals.com
Karen at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Karen, 45; writer and attorney; East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Woman seeking men
“I hate online dating, but I won’t hold it against you. At least until we meet.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail karen@tonypersonals.com
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Margot at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Margot, 26, graphic artist, Chelsea

Woman seeking men
“In the last month, I returned from Burning Man, where I traded soul mates and danced on a shark car through the desert, participated in Fashion Week and celebrated Rosh Hashanah with friends. Yesterday, I enjoyed the outdoors by walking 150 blocks, exploring the city on a mission for all things pumpkin!”
Want to ask her out? E-mail margot@tonypersonals.com
Mattie at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Mattie, 24; social media coordinator and photographer; Long Island City, Queens

Woman seeking men
“I’m an outgoing and happy-go-lucky person. I love exploring the city and have so many interests that I’m happy to learn about yours. I’m a confident person—an optimist, really—that likes to meet new people and experience new things (that’s not code or sexual innuendo). I also love animals and I’m a carnivore.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail mattie@tonypersonals.com
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Paul at Strange Angels Beyond Speed Dating
Photograph: Francine Daveta

Paul, 32, business systems analyst, Lower East Side

n college, I was able to associate with many groups that would normally be opposed to each other. I have learned that it is vitally important for all people to become aware of the things that we all share. Under all the vitriol, we are more alike than we realize. With this, I hope that more women in New York will regard me as a potential match and be more open-minded towards me.”
Want to ask him out? E-mail paul3@tonypersonals.com

Match.com’s the Stir, September 25, 2012

The scene here was markedly different to Strange Angels: A much larger group of singles took part in a livelier, but slightly less structured, fete. About 300 prematched singles packed a Union Square bar, where revelers played Ping-Pong, ate bar snacks and drank the night away. The singles, all Match.com members, were invited by the website based on factors such as age, neighborhood and line of work. The event was just one of many put on by Match.com in the area, ranging from similar large-scale happy hours and activities to intimate cooking classes, tequila tastings and dance lessons.

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Brendan at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Brendan, 26; consultant; Astoria, Queens

Man seeking women
“I’m actually a French-trained pastry chef!”
Want to ask him out? E-mail brendan1@tonypersonals.com
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Daniel at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Daniel, 30; pharmaceutical sales representative; Bayside, Queens

Man seeking women
“I ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Scariest thing I’ve ever done!”
Want to ask him out? E-mail daniel1@tonypersonals.com
Heather at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Heather, 21; hairstylist and student; Astoria, Queens

Woman seeking men
“I am a fun person to be around, and I am always in a great mood.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail heather@tonypersonals.com
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Jasmine at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Jasmine, 31; digital resource manager; Jersey City, NJ

Woman seeking men
“One of the most important things you should know about me is that I’ve been traumatized by fences. Wooden, diamond-shaped, metal: They’ve all made appearances in my life for different reasons. Let me explain. At 8, I challenged one and failed. At 12, same deal: #epicfail. (Oh, and that time was particularly sad because it also involved the death of a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Sigh.) But here’s what’s great about failing: Last week, well, I scaled a park fence and won. So, you can take anything you want away from my story, but here’s what I think you should know about me: I love a challenge, I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and I, apparently, do not like to be fenced in.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail jasmine@tonypersonals.com
Jigs Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Jigs, 34; owner of the London Candy Co., Upper East Side

“Some people are arm candy; how many can say they actually own a candy shop?!?”
Want to ask him out? E-mail jigs@tonypersonals.com

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Lindsay at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Lindsay, 27, personal trainer, Murray Hill

Woman seeking men
“I am a musician from Long Island. I love koalas and working out.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail lindsay1@tonypersonals.com
Miguel at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Miguel, 29; teacher; Elizabeth, NJ

Man seeking women
“I’m a musician, specifically a saxophone player freelancing in New Jersey and New York. I love salsa dancing, and playing and writing music.”
Want to ask him out? E-mail miguel@tonypersonals.com
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Natalie at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Natalie, 29; teacher; Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Woman seeking men
“I’m down-to-earth and enjoy doing tae kwon do to stay in shape. I’m passionate about my family and theater, and I try to stay positive no matter what life throws at me.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail natalie@tonypersonals.com
Rachel at Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Rachel, 30, hedge-fund marketer, Flatiron

Woman seeking men
“I’m certified to teach yoga and a big cook.”
Want to ask her out? E-mail rachel2@tonypersonals.com
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Renata Match.com Stir event
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Renata, 29; student; Astoria, Queens

Woman seeking men
“I’m down-to-earth, outgoing and adventurous. I love challenges!”
Want to ask her out? E-mail renata@tonypersonals.com
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