Introducing: NYC's 19 Most Eligible Bachelorettes

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Being single in New York City gets a bad rap: So many picture a sad, lonely woman, eating take-out in her studio apartment, tearing up about just how hard it is to find a decent mate to split the rent with.

Well, news flash: Dating in NYC — or life here in general — isn't exactly how Sex and the City said it would be. The fast pace, the lack of time, the obsession with making it big, these factories and more can seriously impinge on someone's ability to Netflix and chill. Add that to a rotating list of get-to-know-each-other apps (Tinder! Bumble! Hinge!) and too-loud and too-crowded bars, and the prospect of meeting someone you don't mind sharing a 300-square-foot studio with seems like far-fetched fantasy.

But, with nearly 8.6 million people living here, there's no reason to give up hope. All you really have to do is look a little harder. To celebrate the single women in our lives (as Beyoncé would say, "Put your hands up!") we sifted through the city's female population to find 19 of the most awesome ladies looking for love. Sorry, Carrie Bradshaw, but this is what being solo in the city really looks like — and it doesn't require any Chinese food.
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Name: Lina Joy
Age: 27
Job title: Data analyst
Looking for: "A decent human being."
Instagram: @1inajoy
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Downtown-chic rebel."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"If I had to list some factors, they would be: Someone who is socially compassionate, loves to eat, is well-mannered, culturally inclined, has great style, and has good taste in music. Oh, and you can’t forget nerdy…nerdy with sex appeal. However, at the end of the day, personality is above all."

How would your best friends describe you?
"A mixture of shy and bold. I’ve been told I’m very compassionate, polite, and loyal with a no-bullshit attitude. A lot of my friends naturally come to me for advice. That probably means I’m also a good listener."

What song describes your personality best?
“'Tonight' by Iggy Pop."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I work for a startup, so [my job] is a number of different things. However, my main occupation is operating a business intelligence dashboard. What I love most is learning something new every day, whether it's a result of trial and error, or simply from progression. I’m also an active volunteer team leader for the New York Cares organization. I try to be a contributing member of my community as much as I can — any opportunity to help out another person is worthwhile."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"If I’m not sitting at my office chair or volunteering, I’m running or doing some type of physical activity, like fencing. Also, I usually make it a point to discover something new in this city, whether it’s a library, park, or gallery. My hard-partying days are over, but I've learned I prefer the quiet life to being hungover. Did I mention I also love food? Show me a new restaurant, and I’ll go."
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What's the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"There’s a constant sense of urgency that makes it hard for people to stop, slow down, and get to know one another. Also, it seems like a bit more work for women of the LGBT community to meet someone. Dating platforms are diluted with a number of different types with conflicting interests that make it harder to find the right match."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"There’s always something to do. This is truly the city that never sleeps."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"Texting during dinner, one-sided conversations, and unnecessary bragging."

Name the most romantic thing you've done for someone.
"My flower delivery bills can probably state that."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
“'It’s okay if they’re only giving you breadcrumbs. That just means they’re afraid of commitment.' I disagree. If a romantic interest were genuinely into you, they would offer you an entire loaf! I’ve also heard: 'I bet dating girls is so much easier. You don’t have to deal with men.' They're wrong. Trust me."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Justin Bieber, because that would be hysterical."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"Don’t be afraid to be yourself. If you find you’re completely vulnerable with someone that still sticks around, you’ve found yourself a keeper. Also, maybe lay off the dating apps. A filter doesn’t mean the right person will come around faster. Instead, go out and be daring."
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Name: Isabella Huffington
Age: 24
Job title: Artist
Looking for: Men
Instagram: @isabellahuffington
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Collages."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I love people who are enthusiastic. There’s nothing more boring than people who are feigning boredom. I like when we can seamlessly switch between talking about low-brow and high-brow topics. I like introverts who can masquerade as extroverts. But I think the most important thing is kindness. If you’re not kind, the rest doesn’t matter."

How would your best friends describe you?
"Oh dear. I think I’d rather have my acquaintances describe me. I’d say adorably anti-social, Audible customer service enthusiast, defender of country music and the iPhone 4, lover of business casual, and the type of person you can easily believe was a nerd in high school."

What song describes your personality best?
"In real life, it’s 'Here' by Alessia Cara. In my imaginary life, it’s 'Club Can’t Handle Me.' I like to pretend my life is a music video, and Flo Rida and I are in a band. I play the wind chimes; I am non-essential to the band’s success."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I’m an artist. I love the act of problem-solving that comes with art, how every mistake can be fixed, and how there are a million different solutions to each problem. But at the same time, I’ve learned that not every piece is worth finishing, no matter how much time I’ve put into it. So thank you, art, for teaching me the realness of sunk cost."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"I spend 90% of my free time looking at photos of food on Yelp. When I’m not doing that, I love spending time with my family. We’re Greek, so we don’t believe in boundaries. I love baths, plays, and my Kindle. My friends are cool, too, especially when they order the food I’ve scouted out on Yelp."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"It feels like a competitive sport — but not a fun one, like Monopoly."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"I’m in love with everything about New York. I’m completely blinded to its flaws."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"Cell phones at the dinner table. I apparently used to cry when my family would text during meals — an effective maneuver to employ on dates."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"I made paintings for the last two guys I dated. But the fact that I did it twice makes it infinitely less romantic. If I do it a third time, it will just be sleazy."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"That men like when women play hard to get. Thank you, Reddit, for teaching me about life."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Ed Sheeran, because he’s perfect."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"It may hurt now, but eventually it won’t. That being said, I’m 24."
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Name: Elise R. Peterson
Age: 27
Job title: Visual artist, writer, and educator
Looking For: "Witty banter."
Twitter: @currently_elise
Instagram: @currentlyelise
Describe Yourself In One Word/Phrase: "Black in Brooklyn"

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I ain’t got no type...but I’m most attracted to someone who is self-assured and knows how to have a great laugh."

How would your best friends describe you?
"I asked, and fortunately, it was good stuff: honest, passionate, wise, artistic, nurturing, provocative, soulful, and tenacious."

What song describes your personality best?
"D’Angelo's 'Brown Sugar.'"

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I’m fortunate enough that many of my passions have been able to translate into my work. At heart, I’m a writer. I write about sex amongst other topics for Adult Mag (among other publications). I also work as a visual artist with a focus on digital media. With that, I’m able to create work and integrate digital media literacy into the public school curriculum for middle and high school students in Washington Heights. The common thread amongst all of my work is that they allow me a platform to express myself whilst connecting with others. Especially kids. I dig kids."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"If the sun is shining, I’ll be outside — preferably sweating. Otherwise, I’m a total grandma at heart: I get the warm fuzzies from having friends over, cooking something delicious, and kicking back with a beer and good conversation."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"Vulnerability. I can appreciate anyone who knows how to take off their cool."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"Brooklyn, dollar pizza, and the endless opportunities."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"At this point in life, if you can’t carry a conversation it’s pretty much over before it’s begun."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"I can’t decide between folding their laundry or making a mixtape."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"No sex for the first three months. In general, any rules about sex are pretty antiquated and stifling."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Queen Latifah circa Living Single. She wore the hell out of a pantsuit."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?

"'My love don’t cost a thing, thing, thing.' – J. Lo."
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Name: Elizabeth Plank
Age: 28
Job Title: Host of Flip the Script and senior editor of Mic
Looking For: "My keys; have you seen them?"
Twitter: @feministabulous
Instagram: @feministabulous
Snapchat: @lizplank
Describe Yourself In One Word/Phrase: "Pizza and politics."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I like my partners like I like my pizza: Not too thick, not too thin, unpretentious, and piping hot. I want someone who is always available, doesn't mind my sweatpants, and knows me so well they can predict what I want. So basically, Netflix. I want to date Netflix. Dating in New York lowers your standards. When you find a guy who has a savings account and who isn’t a serial killer, you literally group text your squad with wedding bell emojis."

How would your best friends describe you?
"Really good listener, especially when she’s not speaking over you."

What
song describes your personality best?
"The theme song from a 1996 Bagel Bites commercial."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I’m the host of Flip the Script, a web show at Mic that’s all about using comedy to have conversations about tough issues. I love the show because it allows me to explore a large gamut of items I’m passionate about. In Season 1, we looked at diversity in the fashion industry, debunked stereotypes about about male feminism, and urged people to stop using the r-word. Season two of Flip the Script includes interviews with Melinda Gates, Wendy Davis, Maysoon Zayid, and many more women I can’t believe I got to sit down with and speak to. Since I was little, I’ve always loved goofing around on camera and speaking out about inequality, so it’s great to be able to combine my two favorite things and pay the rent with it. I get a lot of of freedom to go where I want with the show, and my team of producers are my best friends, so it doesn’t feel like work at all. I’m very lucky to be working with such a talented group that’s committed to having an impact on the world. The 8-year-old version of myself can't believe my life."

How do you like to spend your free time?

"Free time? What's that?"
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"Time. No one has any of it. Even when both parties are interested and invested, it can take weeks or months (yes, months) to find a time and place that works. You end up canceling or rescheduling so many times it feels like the city just wants you to give in and date yourself."

What is your favorite part about living here?

"The opportunities are endless. You can accomplish more in one week in New York than you could do in a year anywhere else. The pace is electric and addictive. Hard work is respected and rewarded, and that’s a rare thing. The volume and around-the-clock availability of pizza is also a definite plus."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.

"Cargo pants. Those shoes with the separate toe compartments. Not knowing who Olivia Pope is. Referring to another woman as 'this chick.' Splitting the bill (yes I’m a feminist, but no I am not dicing it. I’ll get it the next time, don’t panic). Uttering the word 'epic' more than twice. Any positive reference to the Entourage movie."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"Quitting my job and moving to a new city; letting someone else eat the last chip out of the bag; carefully holding in all my crazy until the third date."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"Don’t listen to anyone's dating advice because no one knows what the hell they are doing. Also, stop asking single people for advice, unless you want to know how to perfect the art of night cheese or removing your bra without taking your shirt off."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

"Ryan Gosling, but only if we double date with Ellen and Portia, so they can talk while I just stare."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"Ex-boyfriends will fade away, but their Hulu and HBO passwords will last forever."
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Name: Julia Perez
Age: 25
Job title: Digital marketing manager, House of Marley
Looking for: Guys
Twitter: @juliaperezzz
Instagram: @juliaperezzz
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Digital diva."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"My type of male is 75% reformed-fuccboi, 25% nouveau bro. I tend to go for guys with beautiful, long eyelashes, strong eyebrows, and a career that takes up a fair amount of time."

How would your best friends describe you?
"A very #nofilter type of person. I'm unapologetically myself and the same person, no matter who you ask. I'm a natural-born extrovert."

What song describes your personality best?
"'Fancy' by Drake."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I'm the digital marketing manager at House of Marley. We're an earth-friendly audio electronics and lifestyle brand. I love seeing how a user's social media activity correlates to their online shopping habits. It's so rewarding to see it full circle for a brand who's values I believe in wholeheartedly. I live for a seamless digital experience, and I #LiveMarley at all times, too!"

How do you like to spend your free time?
"I love to stay active and involved in everything health and wellness. Aside from that, I'm shopping for the perfect item to complete my closet, or dancing all night with my BFFs."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"It's like the farmers' market at Union Square. There are so many beautiful, interesting vegetables that you are overwhelmed with options, so you end up picking a new one every time and never understanding which is your favorite or what you loved about it — and before you know it, it's out of season."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"Options! I love being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want. If I'm ever in another city, I feel so limited. I feel more at home and at peace in Grand Central Terminal than I would on a beach."

Name your biggest first-date deal-breaker.
"Talking about money is so unsexy. So is too much career talk, and bragging about being busy. I can't pick just one — they are all equally as terrible."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"It was probably something I re-blogged on Tumblr."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"To never meet someone at a club."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Cristiano Ronaldo. I don't have a good reason other than his looks are ideal to me."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"I was pretty confused when I learned that you can not calculate love like you can a career move."
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Name: Devine Blacksher
Age: 22
Job title: Junior account executive, Agentry PR
Looking for: "A classic man."
Instagram: @_devmarie
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Well dressed mess."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I like passionate, creative, and slightly mysterious fellas. The factors that are most important to me when looking for a significant other are originality, sense of humor, and ambition."

How would your best friends describe you? ·
"I asked two of my closest friends and they responded with 'passionate nomad.'"

What song describes your personality best? ·
"'Live Your Life' by BadGal RiRi and T.I."

How do you like to spend your free time? ·
"Going out with my friends, dancing to music in my apartment when my roommates aren’t home, and taking full advantage of ClassPass."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"No one likes commitment because there is so much opportunity in the City of Dreams."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"The people and infinite amount of fun."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"Boring conversation and plaid shirts."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"Cook. Just kidding! The most romantic thing I've done for someone thus far is try to learn their first language."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"Play hard to get. Wait for him to text you. All of this is crap. If you like someone, I think you just tell them. Mind games make things messy."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Ed Westwick. First, the British accent. Second, I just want to know what it’s like to go on a date with Chuck Bass."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"You can’t force love."
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Name: Hannah Bargon
Age: 25
Job title: Account executive
Looking For: Men
Instagram: @raebarrar
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Curious."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"Smart, sincere, funny, and a little awkward."

How would your best friends describe you?
"Ineffable."

What song describes your personality best?
“'Gobbledigook' by Sigur Rós."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I work for a medical communications agency. We team up with major bio-tech companies to develop promotional content for health care professionals. The best part is my involvement in product launches across various therapeutic areas — it’s a crazy rush towards FDA approval."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"Riding an indoor bike that goes nowhere."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"There's not enough time!"

What is your favorite part about living here?
"Chance encounters with old acquaintances."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"Smoking, or talking non-stop about his brothers — as in fraternity brothers."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"I write birthday cards that make boys cry."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"That it’s okay to ever fake it — from laughing at jokes you don’t find funny to pretending to share common interests..."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"1980s Andrew McCarthy, because I'm far too responsible to suggest 1980s Rob Lowe."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"Don’t rush it."
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Name: Taylor Bryant
Age: 25
Job Title: Beauty news editor, Refinery29
Looking For: "A man."
Twitter: @tay11090
Instagram: @taylahgram
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Puppies."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"A duo by the name of Rae Sremmurd said it best: 'I ain't got no type.' But as far as factors go, I like a guy that doesn't take himself too seriously and has a sense of humor. He has to be grounded, emotionally mature, and someone I can learn from. (If you can get more answers right on Jeopardy than me, you're golden.)"

How would your best friends describe you?

"April Ludgate from Parks and Rec, but black."

What song describes your personality best?

"My gut instinct is saying 'Diva' by Beyoncé, but for dating purposes I'll go with 'Isn't She Lovely' by Stevie Wonder."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I cover breaking news and more feature-y stories for the beauty team. This includes everything from celebrity hair changes, to why edible nail polish is a thing, to what you should know about the gray cosmetics market (yes, those were shameless plugs). What I love most...can I say the swag and free food? Kidding (hi, HR)! Definitely the people that I work with. Refinery29 is made up of some of the most creative, intelligent, and wonderful people who churn out thought-provoking, inspiring, motivational content every day. I'm in constant awe."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"Napping and hanging out with friends/family — if I can do them both together, all the better. I'm also a big concert person and can get down with a binge-watching marathon, or five."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"Too many people swiping left, right, up, down, and not enough people looking up."

What is your favorite part about living here?

"My favorite part is also my least favorite: There's always something going on. Which, yes, makes for an exciting life, but it can be draining over time (both physically and financially) and also makes me feel guilty when all I actually want to do is lay in bed streaming The Office all night."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.

"If you talk about yourself the entire time, if you're rude to the waitstaff, and if you're not a puppy person."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"I got my high-school boyfriend tickets to a Giants game once (he's a huge fan). I wrapped them in like five different boxes, Matroyshka doll-style (that was the romantic part)."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?

"'Download Tinder,' they said. 'It'll be great,' they said."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

"Michael B. Jordan, pre-that GQ interview. Because, have you seen his face? And/or Drake post-that 'Hotline Bling' video, because I have so many questions."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?

"'If it's right, it happens — the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.' — Me. Just kidding, John Steinbeck said that, but I still stand by it. Self-love should also always, always come first."
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Name: Cassandra “Cassie” Hunter
Age: 25
Job title: Actress, writer, and fashion recruiter
Looking for: "A nice creative dude with drive."
Twitter: @cassandrahbk
Instagram: @cassandramhunter
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Urban creative."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I mostly like guys that aren’t too cool to care or open up. He’s informed on what’s going on in the world and genuinely cares about people. He has to have a creative side, and if I had to describe a type, it would be a 'smooth-talking nerd.' Also, he must believe in equality between all humans."

How would your best friends describe you?
"They would say I’m outspoken, but in a good way where I take a stand for things; I'm also kind, adventurous, and really focused on my goals."

What song describes your personality best?
“'Canned Heat' by Jamiroquai, but that’s hard, because it depends on my mood. Last week I would have easily said 'It Is What It Is' by Blood Orange."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"As a writer and actor, I love the aspect of storytelling and using that to explore my own humanity while collaborating with other creative people. As a fashion recruiter, I love helping people find jobs that fuel their passion and further their careers."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"Most of my free time is spent with friends doing anything from casual drinks and dancing to traveling and seeing shows. I also really enjoy 'me' time, so chilling out at home is crucial, as well."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"It’s a city that attracts a lot of ambitious people, which is great, but that also means lots of huge egos. Overall, I think dating is pretty easy here compared to other places, but getting to the point of anything deeper than just dates is hard. Why? I don't know. Smart phones, I guess."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"The music! It’s a major touring spot, so I can always a catch a show by my favorite up-and-coming artist or major musician. Plus, there are tons of great dance parties — Mister Sunday is what I live for! The overall energy here is so inspiring."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"Talking over me and being bossy. It shows that they probably don’t see me as equal, or consider other people's perspectives. Either way, it’s totally unattractive."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.

"It was a random and small gesture, but I knew he was having the worst day so I picked him up, drove us to the beach that night, and we watched the stars."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?

"You should wait three days to call after a date. I don’t know anyone who likes that. Three days is a long time! Shoot a text or something, but if someone waited three whole days after going on a date with me to say anything, I would feel pretty jilted."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

"Alfred Enoch for the obvious stud-muffin reasons, and because he’s always so sweet and funny in his interviews. Swoon!"

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"You have to be friends at the core of your relationship; there has to be a true partnership and mutual support and respect for each other, not just lust or dependency. You should be able to talk, laugh, and do nothing with them, just like you would with your best friends."
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Name: Chelsea Huang
Age: 23
Job title: Associate editor, AOL.com
Looking for: Men
Twitter: @huangtonsoup
Instagram: @hu­­­­­angtonsoup
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Clandestine doodler."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I’m not sure if I have a discernable ‘type.’ I’m into guys who don’t take themselves too seriously, have a creative streak, and are responsible, but it’s ultimately about the feeling you get face-to-face."

How would your best friends describe you?

"I kind of hope they’d describe me like a Petfinder listing: loyal, dependable, good with strangers, and sometimes shits the bed."

What song describes your personality best?

“'Hey Baby' by No Doubt."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"At the risk of repeating my LinkedIn profile, I’m an associate editor at AOL.com with a focus on entertainment content. Since I’m on the entertainment team, I have a hand in innovating the channel and have the pleasure of interviewing incredible people like Hugh Jackman and Gwen Stefani. But, my favorite part of my job is spending my week with a group of amazing people who have become some of my best friends. We get excited about the same things, like new emojis and work-sponsored happy hours, but also swap opinions and ideas on everything from Taylor Swift to breast-feeding in public."

How do you like to spend your free time?

"Netflix is a given, right? It depends on how my week is going, but I like hanging out with friends as much as I can, trying new restaurants, and pretending we’re still in college on weekends. My parents live nearby, too, so I try to hang with them as much as possible. My mom and I like rolling through open houses and checking out exhibits at the The MoMA, The Met, and The MAD."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"Time! Most people don’t work 9-to-5, myself included, so it can be really challenging to be spontaneous... Send me a calendar invite! (Read: Please don’t.)"

What is your favorite part about living here?

"I commuted for a year and a half from home — and I’m actually still between N.J. and Tribeca — so my favorite part of finally living here is the three hours a day I get back from not sitting on a bus."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.

"Negativity is a massive turn-off for me. Feel free to bitch about work, but don’t talk shit about the girls at the next table."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.

"I unloaded and folded his laundry while he was at work. Modern romance at its finest!"

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?

"The idea that 'men are threatened by ambitious woman' is total bullshit, because I think real men are attracted to women with strong careers, ambitions, and perspectives."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

"Picking Anthony Bourdain’s brain while eating uni is the ultimate dream, but I’d be lying if I didn’t at least mention my debilitating crush on Harry Styles."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?

"It doesn’t have to be picture-perfect, it just has to work for you."
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Name: Gabija (pronounced Gab-ya) Mitchell
Age: 25
Job title: Creative and social director
Looking for: "Equal opportunity."
Twitter: @grabbya
Instagram: @grabija
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: : "Fire"

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I like a good character and a challenge. I’m over six feet tall and I like to wear heels, so confidence is a must."

How would your best friends describe you?
"Fierce, graceful, intuitive, considerate, and 'ain’t nothin’ to fuck with.'"

What song describes your personality best?
"These three are some of my anthems, so I'd say a combination of them: 1. 'Bam Bam' by Sister Nancy, 2. 'The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)' by Black Sheep, and 3. 'Butterfly' by Crazy Town."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I'm currently housed at Miss Lily’s, operating as brand ambassador, social/events director, and social media coordinator. Basically, the 'Everything Lily.' I also work as an artist and events consultant, focusing mostly on Caribbean culture and the downtown New York scene (#MacoConsulting). I love it because I've been so blessed with the people I've met and the connections I continue to make."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"During vampire hours, I can be found in bed or around good people and music. During the daytime, I'm usually soaking up sunshine somewhere. Right now, I'm focused on playing around in the kitchen, creating natural products for a body-care brand my girls and I [are] working on called 'Stripped.Ego.'"
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"Everyone knows each other."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"I'm from the Caribbean and spent my teens between there and Europe. New York is the city where I feel most at home as a result. It’s got a bit of everything, and I’m able to see my friends from different chapters in my life without having to move much!"

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"Unnecessary dietary restrictions: must eat meat."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"Love selflessly."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"That you should wait for them to call. Screw that. And don’t ask your friends. Only you and the other person know what's up. Don’t be reckless, but if you think you should say something, you’re better off going with your gut! Honesty is way more intriguing."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Georgia-May Jagger, cause I owe her one."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"It’s a shared madness and sanity warped in one. Fall in love with yourself before sharing your heart with another. You can’t choose who you fall for, so you better be sure you are happy in your own skin!"
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Name: Gloria Yu
Age: 24
Job title: Creative director, Yunotme by Gloria Yu
Looking for: Men
Instagram: @gloria_yunotme
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Creative Polymath."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"Considerate, reliable, and open-minded."

How would your best friends describe you?
"She likes avocados."

What song describes your personality best?
"Mostly 'Team' by Lorde, but sometimes 'Battle Cry' by Angel Haze when I want to get things done."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I design headpieces for my label Yunotme. The best part of my job is seeing my pieces on Net-a-Porter! [Laughs] But mostly, making people happy."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"When they start name-dropping. It says a lot."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"Everyone’s busy. And the ones who are not…hmm, who are they?"

What is your favorite part about living here?
"The Uber drivers you have conversations with. The rare subway performances that turn out to be golden. The food. The people. The streets."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"Said ‘Sounds good!’ when someone asked me to marry him. [Laughs] It didn't work out, of course."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"'Follow your heart.' The heart is a hysterical, unreliable organ — why would you follow it? Even though I still do..."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Amal Clooney, so I could pick her brains on how to find a supportive (and hot!) partner like George."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"I think everyone focuses too much on finding the right person, and too little on becoming it. I don’t mean in terms of public achievements — your job title, your salary, even how much you give away to charity. It’s the private achievements that matter most — how you are as a person when no one is looking, when no one is expecting anything, when shit hits the fan and there are no easy choices. When you focus on becoming the best version of yourself, I have a stubborn belief that you will meet the right person along the way."
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Name: Lane Brenner
Age: 24
Job title: Benefit auction coordinator, Paddle8
Looking For: "Gentlemen."
Twitter: @lanebrenner
Instagram: @lanebrenner
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Modern lady."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"Someone intelligent, independent, and witty, yet doesn't take themselves too seriously. A great sense of humor is a plus, and if you laugh at my jokes, now we're really talkin’."

How would your best friends describe you?

"My friends would describe me as the 'mom' of the group, but, you know, the 'cool mom.' I’m a nurturing person who enjoys taking care of the people I love, especially when it involves shaking them up a killer cocktail."

What song describes your personality best?

"'La Vie en Rose,' 'cause I’m a sappy romantic."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I organize charity auctions for various non-profits, museums, and galleries around the globe. Pretty cool, huh? I love helping collectors find the perfect piece for their collection while helping organizations raise funds for various causes. Also, they have fresh brewed coffee waiting for me every morning…"

How do you like to spend your free time?

"If I'm not checking out a new museum exhibition or skimming thrift shops for antiques, you'll find me aproned up, wine in hand, and cooking/baking something delicious in the kitchen. I love to throw a good party — there is nothing better than a fabulous spread matched with great wine and even better company."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"Making time to date. After a long day, I sometimes just want to go home, order Mexican food, and watch Criminal Minds. When you’ve been running around the city all day, it’s hard to find the time and energy to charm a stranger."

What is your favorite part about living here?

"Great food, scenic strolls, and stellar museums."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.

“'Flirting' via insult. Kindness and flattery go a long way, save the playful teasing for later dates."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.

"I once woke up at 5:00 a.m. to make cookies for my then-long distance boyfriend so I could send them express first thing in the morning. Therefore, he could get them within 24 hours and they would still be fresh. Unfortunately, he forgot to pick them up from the post office and couldn’t get them until the following Monday. #RomanceFail."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?

"'Wait for him to text/call you first.' I don’t have patience for that."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

"Tom Hiddleston. He is adorably charming, graciously humble, beyond talented, and I think he would love to order in pizza and then grab cocktails at a jazz club with me. (Tom, call me.)"

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?

"It's easy to close yourself off from love after being hurt, but finding a way to open your heart to a new kind of love is always worth it."
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Name: Emily Shaw
Age: 25
Job Title: Art director
Looking For: Men
Twitter: @emilyrshaw
Instagram: @_emilyshaw_
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Beauty junkie."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"A gentleman with an edge, who's thoughtful, makes me laugh, knows what he wants, creative, and a little out there, because normal gets boring. Bonus points for having a dog."

How would your best friends describe you?
"Passionate, caring, and quiet at first, but has a sharp wit and can be weird."

What song describes your personality best?
"I think there is a Drake song for every facet. On the weekends, it could be 'Fancy,' on my more introspective days, 'Too Much,' and when I'm really feeling myself, 'Headlines.'"

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I'm an art director for a beauty brand at an ad agency. At it's simplest, it's combining logic and art to solve problems creatively. There's a lot of visual nuance to working in beauty specifically. It's something I really enjoy doing, being a beauty junkie myself."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"Exploring my neighborhood, trying new restaurants, traveling with friends, and going to music shows. But when I need to unwind, you'll find me wearing a sheet mask, watching Bravo."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"It's really intimidating. The best and worst thing about the city is that everyone is pursuing something, but it's rarely a serious relationship."

What is your favorite part about living here?

"The energy is unlike anywhere else; you never know what's going to happen. And Seamless."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"When someone has bad manners, or talks about themselves the entire time. That's a huge red flag."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"I love giving gifts, it's one way I show someone that I love them. One time, someone I was dating mentioned in passing that he always looks for a particular rare album whenever he's in a record store. I stored that away in my brain (and iPhone notes) and over the months leading up to his birthday tracked it down. It was so worth the surprise."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"'You'll meet someone when you least expect it.'"

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Justin Timberlake circa 2007, because of the dance moves and the falsetto."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"In a relationship, it's not only important to be honest with your partner, but to be honest with yourself."
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Name: Leigh Cariaga
Age: 28
Job title: Swimwear designer
Looking for: "The chips to my dip."
Twitter: @_wanderkid
Instagram: @_wanderkid
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Snack ninja."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I like humans of the male variety, but I don't think I necessarily have a type. I like meaningful connections and someone who can make me laugh. Oh, and beards are always a plus!"

How would your best friends describe you?
"Always hungry!"

What song describes your personality best?
"'Treat Me Like Fire' by Lion Babe."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I design swimwear, and since most of a woman's body is exposed while wearing a swimsuit, I love applying thoughtful design so that each piece can offer a flattering fit and boost self-confidence in women."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"It's really all about balance for me, so while I like spending my free time with friends over food and drinks, I also enjoy staying in and reading or catching up on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. One thing I do really love, though, is when it's warm out and I get to walk around and explore; it's a great way to stumble upon all the treasures of the city. I'm originally from Los Angeles, so that's not something I got to do a lot of, unless it was to and from my car."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"There's two things: instant gratification, and an overabundance of options. It's really ironic that in a city known for its hustle, you find so few people willing to work towards a meaningful relationship."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"The accessibility to everything, and I don’t just mean things within the city. The fact that New York is so close to Europe, I've been able to go on some pretty epic (and cheap!) trips that would have otherwise cost much more coming from the West Coast."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.

"I normally like being the planner, but if a guy asks me out on a date, I'd like to know that he has some kind of game plan. It's a bit of a turn-off if he can't even decide where to take you."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.

"A previous boyfriend of mine called in sick to work one day and, because being sick blows, I wanted to surprise him. So I ordered his favorite foods to be delivered to his apartment. He got the food, and I got a text with pictures and a lot of heart eye emojis. I was so happy that I could make him happy. Shout out to Seamless for facilitating that modern love story!"

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
"I think everyone needs to chill out with the self-imposed rules about how long to wait before you contact your potential beau. If it feels right, then go for it. There's no sense in holding back if that's how you really feel."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Stephen Colbert because, sheesh, what a babe! Strangers with Candy, anyone?"

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"There is no one formula to getting things right. Also, here's a little bonus lesson for men: Never let a woman get hangry. You will regret it."
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Name: Rae Witte
Age: 30
Job Title: Managing editor of style and sneakers, Complex
Looking For: "Grown-ass men."
Twitter: @raewitte
Instagram: @raewitte
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "The best kind of problem."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"My 'type' and what I’m looking for are, unintentionally, two very different things... As I regularly have had men tell me I’m intimidating, my track record 'type' tends to be very focused, intense, strong personality, challenging type of men, otherwise I get bored.

"As for what I’m looking for, I need to be with someone that knows himself and is very confident — but a silent confidence, no flexing necessary. I’m just trying to be someone’s number one draft pick, their favorite plus one, and the person they go to with their successes and struggles; someone so focused on their own thing and the people in their life that it's fully apparent they want me in theirs because they make the time to have me there. Basically, if it's not that, can’t eat, can’t sleep, lead the dopest parallel lives that complement each other and do not revolve around each other modern love…I’m good."

How would your best friends describe you?
"Loyal, will always make time, prideful, an expert banterer, their first phone call in a state of panic, and the go-to for celebrating successes and ever-so-carefullly crafting texts to the current object of their affection."

What song describes your personality best?
"Just one?! Oh man. It will probably change monthly, forever. I’m going to go with three, because I was a music writer and I can’t choose just one: Action Bronson, 'Baby Blue' (that 'chance' verse is too funny; the sarcasm is very me), Kanye West, 'Addiction,' because…just because, and up-and-comer Little Simz's 'Lane Switch.' Despite her age, she has a strong voice. I dig her lyrics and flow."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"All those obnoxious internety words — influencer, tastemaker, curator, content creator, creative — that’s supposed to be me, kind of. But really, I just bring order to the style and sneaker channels at Complex while my team kills it (thanks, guys!)."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"I avoid idleness, so I fill my time with seeing close friends, dinners, drinks, seeing as much live music as possible, booking last-minute flights to visit friends in other cities, catching up with friends that are visiting New York, buried in SoundCloud, or organizing activities for the squad. I don’t really watch TV or movies at all, ever, so if I’m not on-the-go, I’m on my laptop writing, working, or looking for new music."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"I don’t really think there is a problem with dating in New York. It’s really based on your priorities, in my opinion. Anyone can go out on a date every night with Tinder and all the apps that followed. Anyone can meet someone and 'settle' down. Anyone can slide in DMs. There’s eight million people here. I guess if there is a 'problem' with dating in New York, it’s that people are so invested in themselves and their work that dating isn’t a priority, but that's what I kind of like that about it."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"After living in Miami for a few years, my favorite part about life in New York is the people. My people. I moved closer to and have made friends I consider family that I also get to work with and support. I’ve lived in tons of places, and I’ve never felt more fulfilled then being in the city."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"I’ve been on dates where it felt like a competition of who was working harder or doing more 'cool' stuff. I don’t like to feel like men are trying to impress me. I’m observant, I see you. Bring up my height or how many times you’ve been to Soho House in the past month, and I’ll probably decline the next date. I’m not trying to run through my credentials. Oh, and someone that brings up having kids; you are a walking red flag. This is so frequent, it’s unsettling. I get it, I am tall. No, I don’t want to discuss making professional athlete babies with you before the entrée — or ever."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"Romance isn’t an instance or a moment to me. Saving 'romance' for birthdays and holidays is so lame. I think, with how I operate, letting my ex-boyfriend know I was doing a million things, in a million different directions, but he was the one I wanted to share it with and the one I wanted by my side was romantic. For me, it’s more of a mind-set than an intimate dinner, or putting on something sexy once a month. Put something sexy on every goddamn day. I’ll dead the situation before I find myself in a romance-less or passion-less relationship."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
“'It’s just a phase, you’ll grow out of it.' Like…really? When?"

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"They’re just men at the end of the day. I probably wouldn’t do it. I think I kind of apply that old saying, 'don’t meet your idols,' to dating."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"It might sound cliché, but you have to love yourself first and find someone else who checks themselves out in the deli window and laughs at their own jokes, too. If you don’t absolutely adore yourself or find someone who is their own number one fan, you’re going end up so Jhene Aiko on Drake’s, 'From Time:' out here like, 'I love me, love me enough for the both of us.' I never met a man worth saving. Who wants that?"
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Name: Rachel Sklar
Age: 42
Job title: Writer/entrepreneur
Looking for: "Babysitter/masseuse/Seamless"
Twitter: @rachelsklar
Instagram: @rachelsklar
Describe Yourself In One Word/Phrase: "Single Mom To The Best Kid Ever"

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"I really like a big personality, brains, attitude, ambition, a goofy sense of humor, and an ability to chill. But I have learned (the hard way) that without due diligence, there's a fine line between those things and an obnoxious big talker. Now that I’m a single mom, my priorities have changed — I still need the brains, humor, etc., but the package also has to include someone who loves my baby and isn’t needier than her. Also, since I am now much more focused on becoming a grownup, this person has to be ahead of me on that journey, not behind me. I’m done throwing caution to the wind on romance. It was fun, but I suspect this new path will be far more satisfying."

How would your best friends describe you?
"'She has it all! How does she do it?' [Laughs] Best friends, I can hear you laughing."

What song describes your personality best?
"'Cool Rider' from Grease 2! See above re: becoming a grownup. Okay, fine; I recognize a relapse when I see one. Actually, lately I have been completely galvanized by the Hamilton soundtrack. I still feel young, scrappy, and hungry, and I still want Thomas Jefferson to include women in the sequel."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I put 'writer/entrepreneur' on forms because it’s the biggest possible bucket for what I do, but 'professional feminist' is in there, too. I will always first and foremost be a writer, wherever I may publish (or not publish, as the past few months of having a very distracting baby have shown me). But for the past few years, I have been very focused on my work building TheLi.st, the company I started to promote and uplift women professionally and personally. TheLi.st grew out of Change the Ratio, the not-for-profit I started in 2010 that I’m proud to say has entered the lexicon as a catch-phrase for improving diversity.

"It has been an uphill fight — first, to get taken seriously, then, just to push against the sheer inertia of a world dominated at all levels by all things white and male. But as much as things still need to change, the past few years have seen a truly exhilarating pace of change in the movement as a whole. I try to focus on the small personal victories — part of my job means going to bat for women, and it feels great to make a difference for them, where and when I can. (And I will say it has really come back to me as a single mom — I have an awesome village.) So really, I am also an advocate, cheerleader, mentor, and sponsor...

"I am also looking to reboot a few projects very soon, including TheLi.st newsletter (sign up here) and a new one for new moms called Drool & Stool (sign up here). If you sign up for one or either, I promise to make it worth your time.

How do you like to spend your free time?
"Well, I’m listening to a lot of Hamilton right now, and have been quietly practicing my freestyle rap skills, for the benefit of my baby and no one else. I’m a lyricist on the side, so it’s a useful exercise, though mortifying as I stumble up the curve. Does that count as a hobby? I have a 7-month-old baby, go easy on me."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"It used to be paradox of choice. Now it’s the opposite. But honestly, I haven’t done it for over a year, and I have a whole new slate of priorities now. So who knows, when I get back out there, it might be super-easy because being a single mom will weed out many of the time-wasters. Hey, any single dude reading this: I have a baby, I can’t cook, and you will never be as sexy to me as George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. Please weed yourselves out accordingly. (Did I mention that I’m a little obsessed with Hamilton?)"

What is your favorite part about living here?
"New York is possibility, and the chance to make it real."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"Ugh, man-terrupting."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"Twelve years ago for Christmas, when my beloved and elusive boyfriend and I were on the rocks, I made him a CD and wrote and recorded four songs at the end of it, including one to 'Baby It’s Cold Outside,' where I sang both of the parts. It had liner notes with the lyrics and photos of us. It was very...complete. The relationship didn’t last (duh), but I remain proud of it as an artistic achievement. Find me and ask me to sing some of 'Luckiest Guy on the Upper West Side' sometime."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
“'Give it a chance!' No. Trust your gut."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"I mean, Lin-Manuel Miranda is married (to a lawyer! My people!) but really, I’d just want to talk process all night. (Er, he wrote Hamilton. And if you don’t know, now you know.) Otherwise, I’m not answering — the last time I casually mentioned a well-known person I was hot for to a friend, she sheepishly admitted that he had just emailed her. So I’m just gonna keep that one to myself, thanks."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"It’s awesome, and I get plenty of it from my parents, sister, friends and daughter. So in order to make room for a guy, he’d better be really fucking worth it."
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Name: Gabby Green
Age: How dare you? (23)
Job title: Design and Technology Coordinator at a Production Studio
Looking for: Men
Twitter: @gabbalabaaa
Instagram: @gabbyraegreen
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "Wildcard."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"A stay-at-home dad, without kids. Preferably not a musician, or at least not the kind of musician who forces you to make eye contact with him while he plays you his latest 'original song.'"

How would your best friends describe you?

"Eligible."

What song describes your personality best?
“'Every1’s A Winner' by Hot Chocolate."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I work in the digital department of a production company. I get to work with an incredibly talented group of creative technologists, designers, developers, producers, and innovators. I love them and I love my job, and the free bagels don’t hurt, either."

How do you like to spend your free time?

"I'm still working on my childhood dream of becoming a Knicks' City Dancer. So far, no luck, but I did recently trip over a breakdancer in the subway. Let’s just say I’m pretty close to the Holy Grail."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"For every sweet, creative type who lives and dies by the words of Charles Bukowski, there are 20 finance bros who pledge allegiance to Tucker Max’s I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"Many people have this impression that New York is an extremely lonely place, but I don’t think it has to be. Regardless of whether or not you’re looking for a romantic relationship, there’s a real sense of community in New York. It’s the reason why my family came here through Ellis Island, and it’s the reason why most of us have never left. Sometimes, when someone furiously gropes themselves on the subway at 9:00 a.m. on a Tuesday, or when some guy on the street tells me to 'smile,' or when my favorite dive bar gets picked up by The New York Times, I think about leaving and trying somewhere new. But then I remember that in the city that never sleeps, I never have to cry alone."

Name your biggest first-date deal-breaker.

"Oh you know, the typical deal-breakers. Like, if he brings his mom on the first date, and his mom is a convicted serial killer, or if he robs your apartment, or if he says 'how fun would it be if we went to a happy ending massage parlor; my family runs a great little one,' or if he pushes you into a bush because he sees his wife and three children, or if he asks if you will agree to be his alibi and act as a witness in court for his criminal charges. You know, standard stuff. But if I meet a guy who I have the right chemistry with, all those red flags will just wash away. Forgive and forget, ladies, am I right?!

"A huge deal-breaker is also when they don’t pick up on sarcasm. If I have to explain a joke on a first date, it’s probably not going to work out."

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.

"Introduced them to the hit WB11 series, Gilmore Girls. Then again, we had to end it when he told me his favorite Gilmore guy was Dean."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?

"Be yourself. You should instead always try to copy Sports Illustrated’s most chill bikini model of the year, or his favorite lady Fox and Friends news anchor. If all else fails, stalk his mom on her Facebook and do everything in your power to be exactly like her. Works like a charm."

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

"The soul of Drake, the body of Larry David."

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"Even if he’s just not that into you, his roommate still might be."
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Name: Brittany Pearl
Age: 25
Job title: Global education associate, Estée Lauder
Looking for: "Jewish male."
Twitter: Instagram is the New Twitter
Instagram: @brpearl
Describe yourself in one word/phrase: "The blonde intellect."

What do you look for most in a significant other?
"Tall, dark, and handsome. He must be funny and a true gentleman. Chivalry is not dead."

How would your best friends describe you?
"Someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously, is easy-going, trustworthy, loving, and a feline-lover."

What song describes your personality best?
"'Scream and Shout' by Britney Spears and Will.i.am."

Explain your job and what you love most about it.
"I work for the prestige beauty brand, Estée Lauder. I’m on the global education services team, planning conferences and supporting the field. What I love most about my job is that I directly influence the men and women who work behind the counter, ensuring they give their customers the best experience. I also love the women I work with, they make going to work more fun."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"I love to work out and play guitar — I take lessons once a week. In the summer, I love going upstate to my lake house where I wakeboard."
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What’s the biggest problem with dating in New York City?
"The guys are always looking for the next best thing and they can never be happy with what they have."

What is your favorite part about living here?
"First and foremost, Seamless. Also, there’s always something to do."

Name your first-date deal-breaker.
"When the guy asks you out and then he texts you saying, 'Hey, what are you doing tonight?' Also, when he asks, 'Where do you want to go?'"

Name the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone.
"I gave him my number."

What’s one piece of dating advice you’ve learned is bullshit?
“'You call the shots.'"

If you could go on a date with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
"Justin Bieber. Did you see the picture?!"

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about love thus far?
"Don’t take love too seriously or you’ll never get out alive."
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