) as the desire to meet someone great, the dictum is to be date-ready at all times.
I’ll never forget a year spent working in New York’s buzzing Midtown, pacing 8 blocks daily up Sixth Avenue to my little grey cubicle. Of course in London, I’d rip up the business card and run, but in this town, it was different.
Our American contemporaries use networking as a reason to – at all times and in all places – have a business card at the ready for the next potential dinner date or deal.
As much a product of the American myth of self-made men (you make your own luck son!
“If I bumped into him on the street I’d say, ‘Let’s go for coffee.’ If I bumped into one of my ex-boyfriends in Britain, I don’t think I’d be as forthcoming.” But be warned single ladies in NYC: not everyone you’ll meet online is friend-worthy, let alone bed-worthy.
“Meeting people in London was a lot more straightforward,” says Temi, 27, a Brooklynite of two-and-a-half years. The best thing is I’ve met some really cool and interesting people and stayed friends with them.” It takes longer for relationships to get serious in the U.
“Being an expat, you don’t have that established group of people to introduce you around.” So Temi turned to online dating. S., she explains, so there are typically no hard feelings if things don’t work out after a few months.
New Yorkers in general are savvy to everything trendy way before it’s trendy, have a unique style, they talk smart and know what’s going on around them, they’re street smart, and always know how to have a good time. But in a city with this many people, most importantly, you discover that there’s a lid to every pot.
So, you sing Barry Manilow in the shower and celebrate your cat’s birthday complete with Burger King crowns? The bar for what’s weird is set 10 times higher than it is anywhere else.