NYC's 21 Most Eligible Bachelorettes

As the temps drop in NYC, it seems that couples get, well, couple-ier. And, while there's something sweet about all that hot-cocoa sipping, fall-foliage viewing, scary-movie hand-holding relationship stuff, we want to take a second to applaud the independent ladies that keep our city so inspiring. This is their moment. We found 21 of the Big Apple's most eligible babes — each one is successful, funny, vibrant, beautiful, and best of all (listen up you potential suiters!)...single.
So, we did as we do, and booked them for quick photo shoots and Q+As, to discuss all things love, life, and dating in Gotham City. Ever the matchmakers, we also scored the inside tips on what makes them tick, what not to do on a first date, and, of course, where to go if you want to "coincidentally" run into them and score those digits. As for that whole hand-holding thing? Well, if you want to interlace fingers with these impressive women, you're gonna have to make like Manhattan and act fast.
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Name: Sidra Durst
Age: 33
Sexual Preference: "Yes"
Job Title: "That's a good question..."
Hometown(s): Cupertino, CA / Kailua-Kona, HI

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job:
"I create and build first-of-their-kind food start-ups. I just spent a year with a brainiac culinary scientist to develop the concept/identity/strategy for a proposed interactive food museum. Before that, I helped an old business partner create a temporary restaurant in Cuba that paired NYC chefs with ten chefs from Havana's paladars (some of the country's first entrepreneurs). We built a kitchen and dining rooms from used shipping containers and stacked them like giant Legos in an old museum courtyard. You can get away with murder if it is officially approved as an 'art installation.' I'm happiest surrounded by smart people tackling challenges, both insane and meaningful."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"I have 1,432 Facebook friendships. Lotta upkeep."

How would your best friend describe you?
"95% stomach. Intuitive. 50% punctual (if they were being generous). Loyal to a fault."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"It just is."

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"The Russian bath house in the East Village. It's like a wet, grimy subway station, but with partial nudity and borscht. (But, go down the street to Veselka for your borscht.) Second runner-up: Some place we can watch other people on their awkward dates and — depending on how awkwardly things are going for us — jointly appreciate how meta that is. Even if we tank, we'll always have that moment. Third runner-up: Buffets? Buffets!"

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"No type! Brains, backbone, balls. Unapologetically themselves. An endless source of terrible jokes and a bottomless capacity for love. Curiosity. Patience."

What's the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"Hasn't happened to me personally (yet), but [to] get someone's full name tattooed around your neck in Comic Sans."

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"Hmmm. I don't know, but best to arrive at that conclusion before you get their name tattooed around your neck in Comic Sans. Red flags: shameless self-promotion. Footwear that tries too hard. Apathy. Any alliance with Pearl Jam. Taking care of oneself (good), but oversharing it (bad)."

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"It comes in spurts."

What's a first-date deal breaker?
"Please, don't be married."
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Name: Carrie Lindsey
Age: 40
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Skin care & brow specialist at Shen Beauty in Brooklyn and Manhattan
Hometown: Pontiac, IL

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“Aside from making people feel beautiful, I love my clients. I generally am fascinated by people and their stories.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“I moved from L.A., and so I still am an avid runner and love a good workout. A flea market is my heaven, and some good wine and laughs with friends.”

How would your best friend describe you? 
“Warm and fun.”

What is your motto or theme song?
"'Be who you are, say what you mean, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.' — Dr. Seuss"

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy? 
In this city, it seems the proximity and chances of randomly meeting someone is greater, but I feel like there are a lot of missed connections.

American Apparel pants, Muse belt, TNA denim shirt, vintage shoes and necklace.
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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“I love Il Buco and Joseph Leonard.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“Funny, funny, funny…and smart.”

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone? 
“I had a boyfriend paged at an airport once to wish him a safe flight and to let him know I loved him.”

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“A judgmental person would not be right.”

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
“It’s quite beautiful, and if you find it, consider yourself lucky.”

What’s a first-date deal breaker?
“Physically, anyone too coiffed or styled. Personally, anyone who’s not curious.”
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Name: Jauretsi Saizarbitoria
Age: 42

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I create lots of digital content under my company Sugar Barons, Inc. I'm also the curator for eBay's site, The Inside Source. I love the fact I can foster each of my creative sides from DJing to directing to curating.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“I think as a New Yorker, unless I'm constantly consuming or producing something, I feel restless. I like to keep all cylinders running. The new me is tempering it with meditation, so my answer is, I spend most my time achieving balance. Surfing is a new addiction I intend to pursue.”

How would your best friend describe you?
Last of the Mohicans.”

What is your motto or theme song?
“The Cars once said, ‘It doesn't matter where you've been, as long as it was deep,’ so I'll take that as my motto. The life song? Easy: ‘My Way’ — be it Sinatra or any international version. Whoever wrote that song, wrote it all!”

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
“Light dating is actually easy in NY. The idea of finding a focused, monogamous, intimate, lasting relationship is trickier. New York is not one of those cities people move to for settling down and getting married. The men, and the women, usually come here to accomplish a dream. Trying to integrate career goals, paying the bills to survive here, and building a relationship is a challenge, unless of course you find ‘The One,’ which I don't believe I've met yet. I believe some women here stabilize financially first, then become truly ready on all levels a little later in life. It's a tightrope walk. But, when you find your match under these circumstances, it's a home run!”

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“Being a working lady who makes decisions all day, it's one of those things I gladly defer to the man. Creativity is a plus. (P.S. Day dates are golden.)”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other.
“If you lined up my past suitors, you probably wouldn't find a common denominator with race, age, industry, or income. I just like men who are badasses in their field. Period. Excellence is attractive. These days, if they come with a big dog and/or a child, it's extra points.”

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
“I'm a fan of checking into hotels in New York City with my boyfriend. The Mercer is a good escape — insert flowers, Champagne, and a hot bath (cue funk music)…a staycation, if you will.”

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“If someone is not aligned with their purpose in life, I find it hard to grow together in peace. I'm an ocean girl too, looking for her water man.”

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
“Be fluid. Be open to the mystery of the journey.”

What's your first-date deal breaker?
“When a man goes off about how much he hates his mother — no bueno. If he hasn't worked through this issue yet, I've learned it will always come back and haunt me later. (To all the men, if a girl hates her father and hasn't come to peace with whatever daddy did, same advice)."
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Name: Jade Ruzzo
Age: 27
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, GQ
Hometown: Kingston, NY
Social Media: @jadybirrd

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I do events and promotions for GQ — helping to develop partnerships and platforms. I love the creativity and fast pace.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“Travel — always, always. And, snap some pretty pics.”

How would your best friend describe you? 
“That’s unpredictable. Which is also likely where her answer would be.”

What is your motto or theme song?
"'Dirty Diana', kidding. Kind of."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy? 
“It’s not hard to be easy and it’s not easy to be hard.”

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“Anfora is a cute spot in the West Village.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“Fun, laid-back, creative, easy, quick/funny.”

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“Probably immediately — just a vibe.”

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
“Just go with it.”

What’s a first-date deal breaker?
“Being rude to the waiter.”
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Name: Morgan Reis
Age: 33
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Member Services Manager for 501 Union
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I am the member services manager for a new private social club that will open in Gowanus in the spring. I most love building something from the ground up and collaborating with such amazing people.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“Dining, seeing theatre, and exercising.”

How would your best friend describe you? 
“Whip-smart, funny, and a great lover of fashion and food.”

What is your motto or theme song?
“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy? 
“New to the game — looking to find my match.”

Escada jumpsuit, Marni pumps
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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“Franny’s, Perla and Aire Ancient Baths.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“Sexy-Ugly."

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone? 
“It’s hard to top those mix tapes from the '90s.”

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“You gotta make me laugh and you have to know how to really listen. Those are deal breakers.”

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
“That at the end of the day, it really all boils down to loving yourself. And, that it’s a battlefield.”
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Name: Charlene Chang
Age: 27
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Senior Fashion Sales Manager, Refinery29
Hometown: Arlington, TX (Dallas-Fort Worth Area)

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I love working here, because not only is it a growing force in media business (holla to my sales team), but the quality of editorial content our team pushes out everyday is insanely inspiring. We don't like to talk down to people, but we start the conversation together, and I feel honored to be a part of this community.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“Other than doing office yoga and SoulCycle with my fellow colleagues, I enjoy going to concerts. Discovering new music is always fun, especially here in NYC. Also, traveling is a passion of mine. I am notorious for creating my own long weekends in order to jet somewhere for the sake of traveling and going somewhere.”

  How would your best friend describe you?
“Loyal, social, energetic, fun, and driven.”

What is your motto or theme song?
“Eat (or drink) well; travel often.”

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"When I got here, I loved that being single lent itself to allowing you to have a variety of choices just due to the sheer number of diverse people who live here. Then after awhile, you see that because so many people are independent, driven, and here to establish their career, just as I did, a relationship (serious or casual) is not a priority. 

So, if that is what you're seeking and/or open to, it can be the minority priority. That is what can make it difficult to date, but if you do find someone who is aligned with the same focus and motivators as yourself (personal or professionally), then it's the most ideal and best of both worlds! I think it's all about what you put out in the universe is what you'll get back.”

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What are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“I do enjoy going anywhere outdoors, because it's always fun to enjoy good weather, good company, and a bottle of wine. I mean, I am always a sucker for the rowboats in Central Park — just such a classic, movie-moment type spot.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“I look for a man who embraces where he comes from, is driven in his passions, and has the desire for new adventures. If we're talking physical, I'm a sucker for tall, slim, and usually brunette men.”

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
“I've flown in on Christmas Day to surprise someone, when he thought I was going on vacation.”

How do you know when someone is NOT right for you?
“When they aren't supportive and motivating me to pursue my passions. If there's no support, there's no foundation. Peace.”

What's one lesson you've learned in love, so far?
“That it can happen at anytime and catch you off guard. It's exciting to know that an entire adventure can be only one conversation away.”

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Name: Farah Sheikh
Age: 25
Sexual Preference: "Gents"
Job Title: Education Campaigns Specialist, Do Something.org
HomeTown: Ellicott City, MD
Social Media: @fshake

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
"I run national cause campaigns for DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change. I focus specifically on education causes young people care about, formulate calls to action and communication strategies for those causes, and execute large scale projects for 13-25 year olds. The thing I love most about my job is the intelligent, driven, passionate group of people I am surrounded by — everyone here believes in the ability of young people to change the world and you can feel that energy when you walk in the door. We also throw really fun parties that usually end in an intense dance circle."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"During the week I'm either out to dinner/drinks/a show with friends or at home cooking a meal and getting real intimate with my Netflix queue or reading. On the weekends, I love traveling, being outdoors, writing, and avoiding the subway."

How would your best friend describe you?
"I cheated and asked my best friends. Highlights include: 'heartbreakingly honest,' 'sharp as a whip,' 'well-articulated,' 'gives good advice,' and 'fluffy-headed.' They'd probably also say that I laugh entirely too loudly."

What's your motto or theme song?
"Does 'Yes' count?"

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"It's hard. There's over 8 million people in this city. At least half of them are awesome. That's FOUR MILLION people. There's always so much going on and it's really easy to over schedule yourself and lose track of people or time. I'm also a pretty intense person and put a lot of weight in my relationships with people — it's hard for me to be casual."

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"I love the backyard, cocktails, and snacks at Back Forty in the East Village. Washington Commons is great for day drinking outdoors in Crown Heights. Rye in Williamsburg or Bianca in Noho for dinner if, you know, we're at the dinner level."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"I don't have a type — my friends are always a bit surprised when they meet or hear about a new guy I'm into, because they don't follow any trend. I tend to be attracted to personality more than physical features (though it doesn't hurt if they have a nice face). I look for someone who makes me laugh, is curious, and enjoys new experiences. I'm really into cooking, so if they're on my level there it's a huge plus."

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"Cook their favorite meal!"

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"If they lack confidence or compassion. I like a guy to be sure of himself, but also aware of his impact on those around him. Also, if they're wishy-washy about plans or just generally flaky. I'm a scheduler, so it's hard when someone's like, 'Let's meet up in the next few days.' I'm trying to be better about going with the flow, but he's got to meet me halfway."

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"It requires laughter and getting used to someone else's morning breath."

What is your first-date deal breaker?
"Rudeness, or bringing up previous bad date experiences."
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Name: Liza Darwin
Age: 26
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Senior Web Editor, NYLON
Social Media: @lizadarwin

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I write and produce editorial content for the NYLON magazine website, nylonmag.com. It's great because I get to write about everything I love — emerging, cool people in fashion, music, art, and culture. It's a little bit of everything, so it never gets boring.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“With my dog, Montie. I adopted her last year and she's basically the best. I also love going to shows, exploring Brooklyn on my bike, and hanging out with my friends. We've recently gotten into going on adventures upstate — the hiking is great and the thrift shopping is really good, too.”

 How would your best friend describe you?
“Ambitious, positive, always up for anything, spontaneous.”

 Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
“Dating in New York is such a catch-22. It's nice because there are so many options and so many people, but it works both ways. People are less likely (or willing) to commit, because someone else could always come along.”

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What are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“Nitehawk Cinema for movies, Crown Victoria for drinks, and Jack's Wife Freda for dinner.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“As someone who's 5'9", I generally tend to go for people who are tall! Other than that, I mostly just look for someone who makes me laugh, is adventurous, and fun to dance with.”

How do you know when someone is NOT right for you?
“I think it's just a gut feeling when you know it's not working. It's usually when the relationship feels like it's at a stagnant place and neither person seems ready to move forward.”

What's one lesson you've learned in love so far?
“Not being afraid to go out on a limb and try anything, but also recognizing when things have run their course and it's time to move on.”

What is your first-date deal breaker?
“When someone only talks about himself! Also, when he's on his phone the entire time — I mean, 'subtle' texting is still texting.” 
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Name: Chrissy Rutherford
Age: 27
Sexual preference: Men
Job Title: Digital Editor, Harper's Bazaar
Hometown: Bedford, NY
Social media: @chrissyford

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job?
"I'm a digital editor at Harper's Bazaar. It's my dream job, because it's been my favorite magazine since I was probably 12 — I get to combine my nerdy love for the Internet with my love for fashion. I love working on all different projects, from interviewing my favorite models and the costume designer for Scandal, to covering industry events and creating shopping stories."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"I got a really nice bike earlier this fall, so I've been spending a lot of time riding around my neighborhood. I love to go out dancing with friends, but having time to myself is also really important to me — to read a book, watch a movie, or write."

How would your friends describe you?
"I think my friends would describe me as a good listener and someone very honest — I always give it to them straight." 


What is your motto or theme song?
"Think highly of yourself for the world takes you at your own estimate."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC—why is it hard/easy?
"I think New York is probably one of the easiest places to meet people. On the other hand, dating is difficult because people often think there's something better waiting for them around the corner."

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"Elsa, Fat Radish, and I also love Washington Square Park."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other.
"I tend to gravitate towards creative types. If he can dance well, that doesn't hurt either!"

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"It's more romantic if I don't tell."

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"My gut has never steered me wrong, even if it took me a little while to listen to it."

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"You can't always wait for things to just happen to you, you have to go after what you want. That goes for love and most things in life."

What's a first-date deal breaker?
"Repeatedly checking your phone."
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Name: Ruthie Friedlander
Age: 26
Sexual Preference:  "Jewish men"
Job Title:  Senior Digital Manager, The Row
Hometown:  New York, NY
Social Media: @RuthieFrieds

Explain what you do and what you love the most about your job.
“I’m the senior digital manager at The Row. My role includes everything from managing our website, to strategizing digital press initiatives, to growing our social media channels. My favorite part of my job, without a doubt, is the people I get to work with.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“Photoshopping and performing karaoke.”

How would your best friend describe you?
“As answered by my best friend Manuela: 'Ruthie has the best sense of humor. She's a perfect balance of chill, TV-watching, Chinese food-ordering girl and Jewish neurosis (I mean three of her parents are Rabbis). She is willing to help anyone with anything. She's the girl you call to bitch about your mom and she'll be incredibly empathetic and sweet, but then give you mind-blowing advice that will make you think so differently about the situation. She knows when to do the 'tough love' game and when to do the 'just love' game.’”

What is your motto or theme song?
"'Digital Digital Get Down' by *NSYNC."

  Talk a bit about dating in NYC – why is it hard/easy?
“It’s easy because it’s such a small world. It’s hard because it is such a small world.

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“Anywhere in which ‘bottle service’ is offered is off-limits. Also, audibility and fun are not mutually exclusive.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“My friends would give a resounding 'NO'. The most important thing for me is that the guy I’m with is hilarious and super smart. I want a partner in crime — it’s always more fun to do something as a pair. It also helps if he’s tall and looks like Ryan Reynolds.”

What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone?
“I bought my high school boyfriend an Xbox 360 a few weeks before we left for college as a ploy to get us to stay together. It didn’t work. So, I guess perhaps that’s not so romantic? Or, I was a computer science major, and so for one of my boyfriend’s birthdays, I handwrote his entire birthday card in HTML code. I think that was pretty romantic. If you’re into that kinda thing.”

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“If my sister doesn’t like them.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love, so far?
“That timing, is, actually, everything. #buzzkill”

What’s your first-date deal breaker?
“A BROOKLYN ADDRESS. Just kidding (half-kidding).“
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Name: Meghna Prasad
Age: 24
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Singer/Songwriter
Hometown: Potomac, MD

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
"I am a singer/songwriter. I work with producers who make electro/hip-hop beats and I write and sing on top of their beats. I incorporate a pretty jazzy feel in my live show. I'm also desperately trying to get the attention of Benny Blanco. 
The best part about my job is getting to write songs about boys who have driven me mad and then posting them on the Internet."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"I run half marathons, kickbox with soccer moms, photograph my beautiful friends, and of course, sit in my apartment and write/record songs."

How would your best friend describe you?
"'Meghna presents as a restless and impulsive, though friendly and personable, young lady.' (Not a quote from my therapist, promise)."

What is your motto or theme song?
"Lana del Rey's 'Young and Beautiful.' The title says it all."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"Dating in Manhattan is the hardest. People here lead the busiest of lives. I believe that there's an 87% flake rate in the city, so when I make plans for a night, I usually have a plan A, B, C, D..."

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"I like to get drinks at places like Cienfuegos, ECC, and Little Branch, but I am also a big fan of pastries. Maison Kayser is the spot!"

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"I definitely don't have a type. I've been through the colors of the rainbow, if you catch my drift. But, I am attracted to someone who I can make fun of and who can make fun of me in return."

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"This guy, who broke my heart, got so drunk one night that he tripped and fell in the middle of the street as a truck was driving toward him. I stopped the truck and bought him McDonald's."

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"The Spice Girls sum it up pretty well: 'If you can't dance, if you can't dance, if you can't dance to this you can't do nothing for me baby.'"

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"People truly underestimate the power of a good personality. I'm not going very far with a Johnny Depp who doesn't know what 'wherefore' means. On the contrary, a corporate schmuck with a receding hairline and the wit of Dorothy Parker will steal my attention any day."

What's your first-date deal breaker?
"Not listening to my music before we meet. (Just kidding)."

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Name: Taylor Hass
Age: 26
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Music Publicist 
Hometown: Boston, MA
Social Media: @taylorpaigehass

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I am a music publicist and I also manage a band called Wet. I work for a company called Life or Death PR based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. I love my job, because I get to work with incredibly talented artists and help them grow and succeed. I get to talk about, write about, and listen to music that inspires me every day. The creative energy surrounding me is extremely motivating and also very fun.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“Going to concerts, doing yoga, riding my bike, and snuggling with my friends.”

How would your best friend describe you?
“Chill and compassionate.”

What is your motto or theme song?
"'Stay Schemin'' by Rick Ross.”

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
“It is really easy to meet interesting, motivated, good-looking people in this city. However, everyone here is hustling. People are usually pretty busy and self-involved, making dating difficult.” 

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“A concert, Central Park, the Museum of Natural History. Anywhere that's an adventure. I like adventures.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other.
“I think my friends would definitely say I have a type. I'm pretty tall so I tend to go for tall guys. Oh, and I like hair. Most importantly, I look for someone that is intelligent and kind, with just the right amount of weird.”

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
“I traveled across the country to surprise someone.”

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“I can usually tell right away. It's an energy thing.”

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
“Timing is key.”

What's your first-date deal breaker?
“Negativity.”
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Name: Lola Pellegrino
Age: 27
Sexual Preference: Women
Job Title: Nurse Practioner and writer
Hometown: New York, NY

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
"I’m a nurse practitioner, who works primarily with youth. Between that and being a staff writer at Rookie, I get the privilege and honor of being a Sacajawea of Misery for teen girls 24/7. I cannot express how much I love my work."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"Reading, writing, and driving really fast. Out in the 'obscure entertainment district' with friends."

How would your best friend describe you?
"'Friendship sage, Sisterwitch, the Realest of the Real. Will pick you up from the airport at 8 a.m. with Salt-N-Pepa blasting from her car speakers. She is like Letty from the Fast and the Furious: hot, badass, and loyal, but with cuter clothes. Quicker than the brown fox that jumped over the lazy dog. And foxier, too, come to think of it.'"

What is your motto or theme song?
"Elevate the sisterhood and keep shining."

Opening Ceremony dress, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes.
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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"Dead Horse Bay and the Unisphere after dark are my favorite places, straight up, date or not, and I’ll use any excuse to visit. My favorite date spot is actually a place I've never been: the puppet library inside the arch at Grand Army Plaza. When I go, I want it to be with the right girl. It’s full of puppets, people."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"My type is a girl who knows her pants inseam offhand, but has only an abstract notion of her dress size — and gives good GChat. What I’m looking for: DFW, PMA, funny as hell, digs social justice, and if we’re really dreaming, able to recite the entire beginning of 'Liquid Swords' from memory, can drive a stick shift and will take me to Medieval Times for my birthday. Or, is on the same page of Wayne Koestenbaum's My 1980s as me. 'I want to be with those who know the secret things, or else alone.' —Rainer Maria Rilke."

What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone?
"Literally giving a girl the shirt off of my back."

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"No haters."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love, so far?
"If you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else?"
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Name: Colleen Call
Age: 34
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Director, Digital Marketing & Sales, Lucky
Hometown: Springfield, IL
Social Media: @comariecall

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
"I manage digital marketing and business partnerships at Lucky magazine. I love being a part of a brand that helps people define their personal style — looking good and feeling good are definitely linked."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"Watching a lot of British TV (I won't list them for fear of looking like a shut-in), listening to more NPR than your dad, planning some sort of trip (the Catskills to Catalonia to Coney Island), but I'm really happiest when cooking for my friends, who nicely come and sit and drink and eat for lengthy spans of time at the too-big table in my too-small apartment."

How would your best friend describe you?
"'Generous, thoughtful, loyal, funny, mermaid-hair, demanding, gracious.' (I'll take it.)"

What is your motto or theme song?
"SORRY I'M NOT SORRY."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"I don't think you're ever going to get anyone in any city to proclaim, 'Dating is AWESOME here!' But, the good thing about New York is that what draws people here makes them just as crazy as you are. The bad thing: They are just as crazy as you are."

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"Only one. Dave & Buster's Time Square. Vodka and Skee-ball — a most winning combo. Also, prizes make every date better (I'm looking at you, framed MVP Don Mattingly)."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"Manly and hairy."

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"The most romantic thing I've ever done for someone? I fancy myself a good girlfriend, from a long line of women that like to take good care of their men. Being easygoing, cooking delicious things, never wearing an old T-shirt to bed, and being thoughtful are my low-key alternatives to bold romanticism (that's where my man comes in)."

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"They don't call me back? JK! If I don't call/email/text them back! My communication procrastination radar is eerily on-point."

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"Life and getting your heart broken should make you a little smarter, but hopefully you try and not let it harden you too much. An open, squishy heart is the key to real love."

What is a first-date deal breaker?
"Wings. (No one looks hot with sauce all up in their grill.)"
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Name: Emily Fishman
Age: 24
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Design Assistant, Steven Alan
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
"I work in the design studio at Steven Alan. I love everything about it, but mostly the people I work with and the excitement of seeing our finished product."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"Walking around, seeing movies or art shows, looking at puppies on the Internet, and catching up with my friends and family."

How would your best friend describe you?
"Supportive, enthusiastic, always down for anything."

What is your motto or theme song?
"'Everything is Everything' (motto and theme song)."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"It's hard, because everyone is on their own agenda. But, what makes it easier is the endless amount of stuff to do."

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What are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"Edwards in Tribeca on half-price wine Wednesdays, Prospect Park, the Magician on Rivington street."

 Do you have a type? If not, explain what you are look for in a significant other.
"Nice boys who are smart and cute — and who can challenge me in Boggle."

What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone?
"I throw really good surprise parties."

 How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"If they take themselves too seriously."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love, so far?
"The importance of friendship!"

What is a first-date deal breaker?
"If he doesn’t get my jokes or offer me a bite."
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Name: Stephanie Roach
Age: 30
Sexual Preference: "Gentlemen"
Job Title: Director, The FLAG Art Foundation
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
"I run a contemporary art exhibition space in Chelsea. I handle all operational activities as well as develop and oversee every aspect of realizing our exhibitions. It’s tough to say what I love most, because I really love what I do! I’d say that the variety, diversity, and collaboration my job offers challenge and excite me. Working and interacting with people from different professions, ages, and backgrounds inspires me and drives my enthusiasm to connect with the world around me. It’s been a privilege working alongside creative visionaries such as artist Chuck Close, basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, and fashion designer Prabal Gurung. I love putting people and ideas together — that’s where the fun happens!"

How do you spend most of your free time?
"Doing something that inspires me. I appreciate almost anything that involves creativity, whether seeing art, taking an acting class, going to a concert, or trying a great new restaurant. I’m originally from L.A., so I enjoy staying active with swimming, running down the westside, yoga, or my 'get in touch with my inner Beyoncé' dance cardio. And, of course, quality time and wine with my friends."

How would your best friend describe you?
"I bribed (I mean, objectively polled) a few of my nearest and dearest and here are some sound bites:
'Loyal, thoughtful, and supportive. She brings light, energy, and pizzazz into every room she enters.'
'Amazing listener, inquisitive, ALIVE, thirsty for life.'"

What is your motto or theme song?
"'Work hard play hard.' Probably this year, it’s been a combination of Disclosure’s 'Latch,' Ellie Goulding’s 'Burn,' Florence and the Machine’s 'You've Got the Love,' and Justin Timberlake’s 'Pusher Love Girl.'"

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"Options consumerism. There’s no shortage of interesting and attractive people to meet and get to know in this big, bustling city, but it’s rare and special to find chemistry and a genuine connection. "

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"I’ve lived in NYC for over seven years and there are so many fun places and new ones that pop up every year — including Bar Veloce Chelsea, El Quinto Pino, Foragers City Table, ABC Kitchen, Elsa, Maison O, and Indochine."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"I wouldn’t call myself a 'type' caster. I look for a partner-in-crime and best friend with a spark. Someone who has positive energy and is secure with himself and his vulnerabilities. Someone who supports and prioritizes me as much as I do him, who is dynamic, intelligent, thoughtful, ambitious, adventurous, and spontaneous. I studied abroad and worked in Barcelona when I graduated, so it would be an added bonus if he could carry on a basic conversation in Spanish — or at least like Rioja."

What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone?
"I don’t kiss and tell, but it involved a lot of thought, fun, and all of my heart!"

What is a first-date deal breaker?
"General bad manners and signs of not being present — incessantly checking his phone, rude to the bartender or waiter, etc."

How do you know someone is NOT right for you?
"If he lacks passion, is negative, arrogant, or mean."

What’s the one lesson you’ve learned about love, so far?
"It exists, and can really be all you need."
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Name: Judy Haripaul
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Human Resources
Hometown: Queens, NY

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I'm in Human Resources. I love working with smart, talented people who are incredibly passionate about what they do.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“I spend my free time with family, friends, traveling, sports, cooking, and reading.”

How would your best friend describe you?
“Generous, hardworking, fun, having strong conviction about my morals, and loyal.”

What is your motto or theme song?
“Go big or go home.”

Talk a bit about dating in NYC – why is hard/easy?
“I keep a demanding schedule and I find it very easy to fill my time with my friends, family, and hobbies. There are always new people to meet, but two people meeting who are in the same place in their life and ready to move forward together is a rarity, I think, in New York.” 

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“The Lobby Lounge at Mandarin Oriental.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“Someone who respects family, indulges my independence, but reminds me regularly that romance is not dead. Smart, funny, strong, well-spoken, and kind. Someone who would take care of my family and friends the way I do and I in return.”

What is the most romantic thing you’re ever done for someone?
“A few weeks before a boyfriend's birthday, I put a note in his wallet. On the note was the name and address of a restaurant and the time. On the day of his birthday, I texted him to tell him to look in his wallet and that I would see him there.”

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“If he plays games, cancels plans, acts immaturely, if we don't have a good banter, and if he doesn't have a strong work ethic.”

What’s one lesson you’re learned about love, so far?
“It’s not perfect and it shouldn't be taken for granted.”
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Name: Reni Calister
Age: 24
Sexual Preference: "Ladies"
Job Title: Associate Producer
Hometown: South Orange, NJ
Social Media: @madamecalister

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
  "I work on documentary films, and also produce theater. I am surrounded by the most talented and creative people in the industry, and it's both inspiring and humbling."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"Wining and dining, seeing shows, exploring, and preferably all while dancing."

How would your best friend describe you?
"Focused, fun, lovable. The word 'indefatigable' was also thrown in there, and I'll take it."

What is your motto or theme song?
"Does 'YOLO' count? On the real, ‘I Want To Dance With Somebody’ by Whitney Houston and ‘Survivor’ by Destiny's Child. Also, ‘Work It’ by Missy Elliot. I may or may not have a playlist."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"First of all, there are just so many fish in the sea, so how in the world are you supposed to find the right one? I suppose that makes things tough, but I find that by taking advantage of the city's wealth of socializing opportunities, I'm able to meet some really wonderful people."

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"Maialino for the wine, pasta, and showing off my Italian skills. Amor y Amargo for customized cocktails. The Cubbyhole on Tuesday nights. Bedlam for dancing."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"I'm certainly attracted to charismatic, adventurous, driven types. Also, I love silly girls. If she can make me laugh and get me out of my comfort zone, I'm in."

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"The most romantic thing that I've done so far has been to play a love song on my ukelele. I practiced a lot."

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"Negativity and I do not get along. There's nothing more toxic for me than dating someone with a negative outlook on the world."

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"Love is absolutely baffling. It has made me feel and do things that I didn't know I was capable of, for better and for worse."

What is a first-date deal breaker?
"I have little to no patience for texting in the middle of dinner, drinks, etc. Please, ladies, put that phone away."
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Name: Lesley Weiner
Age: 33
Job Title: Art director
Hometown: Merrick, NY

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job:
"I'm an art director at an ad agency in Chelsea. I love the feeling of knowing that I'm doing what I love. Sometimes, when I'm deep in a conversation about color or composition, I step back and think, I can't believe I get paid to do this. Oh, and one of my junior designers told me the other day how much he's learned from me, that was pretty flattering and satisfying."

How do you spend most of your free time:
"My closest friend owns a coffee shop across the street from my house. I spend an awful lot of time there. It's like my home base. Feels like the Peach Pit sometimes. I'm also a dog-park creeper. I don't feel ready to have my own, so I just go and meet other people's. I know the basset hound and coon-hound in my neighborhoods names, but not their owners!"

How would your best friend describe you:
"I dunno. Perception is a weird thing. She'd probably say I'm brutally honest and super loyal, just like her!"

What is your motto or theme song:
"Either way." I even got a tattoo of it. Turns out its something I say a lot. Maybe a reminder to not be stubborn, and take stuff in stride? No big deal, either way."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"I've only ever really lived in NY, so I don't know what dating is like anywhere else. I DO know that there sure is a lot of visual stimulation in this city. You could be sitting on an amazing date with someone, and be distracted by all the attractive pedestrians! It's also funny how "types" are sometimes organized by where you live. Funny how when you tell someone you live in Williamsburg, there are all these layers of bullshit instantly cast upon you."


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What are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"I'm a huge fan of Spritzenhaus in Williamsburg. Date spots should be comfortable, because it can be such an awkward thing. There's just something about the feng shui of that place. It's big and open and never too crowded. And, they have a ton of great beer, and everyone is playing Jenga. It's just easy."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. What do you look for in a significant other?
"I'd imagine my friends would say I have a type. Long hair, tattoos, etc. Yeah, that's cute, but I like all sorts of guys. I tend to gravitate towards people who don't take themselves too seriously. I'm a pretty silly person. I like to laugh and poke fun at people, and I'm pretty sarcastic. So anyone who can go tit for tat is gonna spark my interest. Oh, and you gotta have a soft spot for your family. I'm super tight with mine and I think they are rad, so we tend to see each other a lot. I also like laid-back people. I'm not a super fancy gal. I love a guy in jeans and a tee, there's something about a guy who's effortless that makes them a bad-ass. Oh, and please, just have your shit together! Careers are pretty hot, as is ambition. You know, small things like that."

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"Romance is a funny thing. It's been corralled into being about flowers and candlelit dinners. That stuff is a bit mushy for my taste. I'm not so into typical notions of romance. I just like when someone is thoughtful. So, I guess the most romantic thing I've ever done...does going on tour for a week with my boyfriend's metal band in a disgusting, smelly van count?"

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
"It's taken me many years to learn to follow my instincts. Now, I can usually smell if a guy is not right for me from a mile away. But, sometimes that doesn't stop me from dating them. If initially it's like pulling teeth to talk to one another, I'd say that's a pretty good sign. How can you have nothing to talk about when you know nothing about one another?"

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"People are complicated creatures. I think I've learned that no one person will ever fulfill your needs in life. It's important to be able to self-sustain. To amuse yourself and have your own interests, and to allow that other person to really just be the cherry on top to your already fulfilling life. Some of my favorite couples to hang out with are those where I am friends with both people on separate planes. They exist in their own space, yet complement each other when they are together. No co-dependence!"

What's one first-date deal breaker?
"It's pretty simple. Someone who makes me do all of the work. If I have to pull teeth to get a good conversation going, it's probably not going to work. "
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Name: Georgia Ximenes Lifsher
Age: 29
Sexual Preference: Men
Job Title: Actor/Burlesque Performer
Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Explain what you do and what you love most about your job.
“I am an actor/comedian by day and a burlesque performer by night. What I love most about my jobs are all my alter egos.”

How do you spend most of your free time?
“What free time? JK. I like to wander around the city. I’m obsessed with New York history.”

How would your best friend describe you? 
“A showgirl from Copacabana who got lost and somehow ended up in present day New York.”

What is your motto or theme song?
“Theme song — ‘Covergirl’ by RuPaul and ‘That’s Life’ by Frank Sinatra, it’s a tie!”

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy? 
“People come to New York to follow their dreams, so that makes a city full of incredibly interesting and narcissistic people. That’s why it’s easy and hard.”

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
“John's Restaurant, 2nd and 12th, or anything connected with old New York and/or the mob.”

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
“I look for a wicked sense of humor — it helps if he likes cats, unique style, sense of self.”

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone? 
“I showed up at my man’s door once with just a coat on, is that romantic?

How do you know if someone is NOT right for you?
“If they litter, [wear] bad shoes, or if they are a bad tipper.”

What's one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
“It’s completely out of your control. So just live your life.”

What’s a first-date deal breaker?
“Bad tipper. Done.”

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Name: Stephanie Belk
Age: 26
Sexual preference: Men
Job Title: Editor at Stylesight, a trend forecasting company

What do you do and what do you love most about your job?
"I'm a Spanish editor for a trend forecasting site called Stylesight. I love fashion's transformative quality, and one of the most interesting aspects about working in trend forecasting is seeing how trends develop and manifest themselves in culture, fashion, music, etc. You learn a lot by being exposed to different people, cultures, and ways of thinking."

How do you spend most of your free time?
"Going to live music shows when possible, hanging with friends, exploring neighborhoods around the city, being a poser at dog parks, convincing someone to go on a spontaneous adventure with me, reading/hearing about the lives of interesting peoples and characters. I also collect postcards and odd trinkets (Obscura is my go-to place for them)."

How would your best friend describe you?
"I would hope with kindness and selective editing, I think she would say I'm spontaneous, witty, and passionate — but, then again, she's my best friend, she's supposed to like me."

What is your motto or theme song?
"Hmm, I don't know if I want to limit myself to one phrase or song, but a simple one is 'Live a life with no what ifs.' I could probably dress that up a bit, but I think it gets the point across."

Talk a bit about dating in NYC — why is it hard/easy?
"It's easy to date casually, but I think it's hard to meet people who are genuine in a city that requires you to be a little on the defensive. The good and bad thing about dating in NY is that there are so many options that it makes it hard to meet people who are on the same page as you. On a positive note, that just means so many more opportunities to find someone that rocks!"

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Where are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"I'm easygoing, provided there's good conversation and a bit of social lubricant (read: booze), I'm happy. No, I'm kidding, but I love going to movies in the park during summer, and grabbing a bite and chatting over cocktails around the East Village or Brooklyn."

Do you have a type? If so, explain. If not, what do you look for in a significant other?
"I like interesting people, does that count as a type? Someone kind, funny, who rolls with the punches, and is comfortable in their own skin. I want an adventure buddy that will also help me grow and stimulate me intellectually (the brain is the sexiest organ)."

What is the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone?
"I like random acts of kindness and little surprises. A personal touch goes a long way."

How do you know someone is NOT right for you?
"I suppose if they have life goals that are taking us in opposite directions or values that are incompatible with mine. Also, if they don't know how to compromise, because two people in a relationship should seek to complement one another and that requires some give on both parts." 


What's the one lesson you've learned about love, so far?
"Be honest and give it your all and you'll sleep soundly at night. Also, timing is crucial in life. How meta."

What is one first-date deal breaker?
"I cannot stand it when people are rude to servers; does not say good things about your character."
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