New Yorkers are increasingly choosing to maintain some critical distance between themselves and their romantic partners by preferring to date people who live outside their neighborhood, according to the New York Times.
“It’s hard when that filter of anonymity is pierced,” said William Raveis New York City’s Kathy Braddock to the Times. “But that’s what can happen when you date too locally.”
Some of the naysayers, who vow never to date “too locally” again, cited awkward run-ins on the way to the grocery store, taking an Uber Pool with an ex or walking their dog while being followed by a love interest as incidents that convinced them it was best to maintain some distance between their place and their partner.
“We all think New York is a big city, but at the end of the day, it’s a small town,” said Nicole Beauchamp, an Engel & Volkers sales agent. Though most dating apps are configured to allow you to input your limits on geography when searching for a potential partner, sometimes you can’t put a limit on love.
“If the connection is right, it’s right,” said West Village resident Stephanie Sica to the Times.
For those romantics who dare to date across the hall, there would be nothing better than realizing you share an adjoining wall that could be demolished to combine apartments, she explained. [NYT] — Erin Hudson