“Really the only other place in the world as good for dating is Jerusalem,” said Curtis Goldstein, a salesman at Halstead.
Newcomers quickly find themselves overwhelmed with invitations for Friday night Shabbat dinners, and synagogues vie to be the center of the scene, luring singles with snacks like kosher sushi and meatballs.“I’m a social butterfly, so I love it,” said Jessica Schechter, 29, an actress, director, producer and teacher who moved to the neighborhood in 2011.
While finding one’s tribe may be the underpinning of dating success, certain factors make it more likely to happen in some places than others.
Neighborhoods popular with singles tend to have comparatively affordable housing, convenience to transportation and a good assortment of bars and restaurants — think Astoria in Queens and Murray Hill and the East Village in Manhattan.
Living here has literally been like a live dating app.”She and friends from the building have traveled to Tulum, Mexico, participated in a coed fantasy football league, gone on daylong bike trips and sweated through Soul Cycle classes together.
In Manhattan, she said, the men she met through apps would boast about being a top person at a place like Oracle, the high-tech company.“Now I’m into the kind of guy with facial hair who wears a leather bracelet and goes salsa dancing,” she said.
And Woodlawn, a neighborhood filled with one- and two-family houses as well as some brick apartment buildings, has proved unexpectedly welcoming to Ms. I’d like to meet someone not in a bar, but I’m just enjoying my 20s, going on some crazy dates.”In a similarly surprising corollary, a neighborhood with a high percentage of single people doesn’t necessarily translate into a good singles neighborhood. “The first date is going to happen so much more easily if you’re in the same neighborhood,” she said.The New York neighborhoods with the highest ratio of single women to single men, ages 20 to 34, are the Upper East Side (0.6 men to every woman), Murray Hill (0.68), the Upper West Side (0.79) and Brownsville, Brooklyn (0.8) according to 2014 data from the American Community Survey compiled by the city’s Economic Development Corporation.Neighborhoods with the highest percentages of single men tend to be immigrant communities, according to a researcher at the development corporation — Elmhurst/South Corona, Queens has the best odds for women in the city, with 1.57 men to every woman; Jackson Heights/North Corona is a close second at 1.54 men to every woman.There may be no such thing as an ideal neighborhood for single people, but even in this age of dating apps and websites, neighborhood continues to play a huge role in how, and whom, people choose to date.Whether one is striking up a conversation at a coffee shop or tallying up proximity points with a potential love interest, geography matters in large ways and small.“I’m a single person myself and I can’t meet anyone here.“It’s a middle-class neighborhood. Di Biase, 42, an associate broker at Halstead Property, “but they were small and filled with locals, not people coming from Manhattan to hang out.” The local bars were places where neighbors went to grab a beer and catch up, he said, not places to meet a potential mate. Loath to let another opportunity pass, she caught his eye, smiled and struck up a conversation. ” she said.“I know this sounds hokey, but you get a chance to cross paths with people and you often miss it,” she said.When his aging bulldog compelled him to trade his walk-up for an elevator building, he seized on the opportunity and rented a one-bedroom on the Lower East Side, a quick walk to local favorites like Stanton Social or Mr. She later found out that he had come into the cafe where she was an owner just the day before. “When you’re in the same neighborhood you get that chance over and over again.”But Michael J.Between 20, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, had a 36 percent increase in the number of single men (single being defined as a person aged 20 to 34 who has never been married) to 15,121 from 11,127, and a 31 percent increase in single women, to 12,272 from 9,361 — one of the largest increases in the city, according to the census bureau’s American Community Survey. And for those hoping to meet in what her clients often refer to as “the natural way,” neighborhood can make all the difference, she said. One evening, she saw an attractive man at an event on the Upper West Side, where she lived, but she was too shy to approach.Based on that data, the New York City Economic Development Corporation declared the neighborhood “an attractive spot for all young singles” in 2014. The area “is not such a good spot for single people,” said Mirsad Kadribasic, 41, an owner of La Bohème Lounge on Stillwell Avenue in Bensonhurst, which on a recent Friday night was half-filled with couples smoking hookahs at velvet banquettes. It’s not like Park Slope, where people are hanging out all the time.”The neighborhood had plenty of bars, conceded Mr. Afterward, she was standing on the sidewalk and he walked by again.“But the ability to find single people to date in the neighborhood matters less than it used to.”Natasha Zamor, 28, a paralegal who lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, said that her neighborhood played almost no role in her dating life.While she enjoys going out with friends to bars by the Barclays Center — 333 Lounge on Flatbush Avenue is a favorite — there’s nothing to tell you if the person you meet at a bar is someone “you want to invest your time in.”Ms.