Enter “Paper Bag Speed Dating” at the New York Hall of Science on Wednesday, where participants meet potential matches by donning the humble lunch tote.
But participants had such a blast hooking up at Loveflutter’s anti-Tinder party that the hosts are bringing it across the pond, beginning with NYC — and not a minute too soon, say singles.
“Dating here is definitely more complicated than anywhere else,” says Alida Brandenburg, 30, who moved to Williamsburg from San Francisco a year ago.
She recalls one disastrous date with a match she met online.
“It was his idea to have coffee at Starbucks,” she says, “but when I asked him what he wanted, he said, ‘Oh, I don’t drink coffee.’ ” Things got even more awful when they went to a movie and he left five minutes in to the flick.
“Or they would have a weird, squeaky voice, or they would smell odd.” So meeting men in the flesh — even while wearing a sack over their face — removes that potential “ew” factor.
Looking for long-term love in the city that never sleeps has always been nearly impossible.
She has been haunted by guys who “ghost” her, or suddenly stop returning her texts.
“What’s really common in New York is this accepted culture of disappearing on people,” she gripes. “In person, there would be no chemistry,” she says.
“What’s hard about meeting people in New York is that people aren’t moving here to settle down.