This story was originally published on September 30, 2014.]
Over eight million people may live in New York City, but have you ever felt like the dating scene is filled with slim pickings? We don't want to say finding a partner here is akin to participating in the Hunger Games, but doesn't it sometimes feel that you're fighting to the death just to find someone you click with — let alone the kind of person who could be relationship material?
To prove the dating pool isn't filled with duds, we called upon 21 of the most gorgeous, smart, successful — and did we mention, ready to mingle — #SingleLadies of NYC to share their thoughts on love and life (and the trials and tribulations of dating) in the Big Apple. These independent women, who are some of the most creative and stylish of their kind, dish on everything from their favorite spots to grab a cocktail to what they consider the ultimate first-date deal-breaker.
Potential suitors, pay attention — love is officially in the air, and we're waiting for you to call us your matchmaker.
Prop Styling by Gozde Eker
; Makeup by Kate Mellinger
and Ashleigh Ciucci
; Photographed by Kristiina Wilson