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Why I Don’t Go To Singles Events

May 4th, 2014 — 8:56pm

One of my dating resolutions this year was to declare a moratorium on going to singles events. Friday night, I was reminded of the many reasons why.

A good friend of mine asked me to join her at a 40+ singles mixer. As she hadn’t been to one in a while, I gladly obliged, telling myself I was going strictly to be a supportive friend. Of course, despite my prior experience with these things, a small part of myself couldn’t help thinking—maybe this one will be different.

The venue (Pranna in NYC’s Flatiron District) and price point ($20) were both great. The crowd that turned up?

Not so much.

Pranna in NYC's Flatiron District

Pranna in NYC’s Flatiron District

Simply put, the event was a perfect microcosm of what makes dating in New York so frustrating. Women far outnumbered the men. We were also the ones who were obviously expected to do the heavy lifting.

Over and over again, I watched women approach men as said men either stood idly by waiting for that to happen or looked down at their phones. Though everyone received a list of mostly odd icebreaker questions (“have you ever cried in a movie theater?”), it was only the women in attendance fast and furiously working the room with it.

My friend wryly observed that the entire scene felt like a repeat of awkward high school dances. I said this was decidedly worse. At least in high school, guys eventually stepped up to the plate and took some initiative. Yes, I know times have changed, women feel empowered to make the first move and are more independently minded, etc. etc. But I can’t help wondering, at what cost? Has all of this progress come at the expense of good old fashioned romance?

As Savvy Auntie Founder Melanie Notkin writes in her fantastic memoir Otherhood, men mistakenly assume that our more equal footing in the workplace means we’ve somehow lost our femininity when it comes to dating and relationships. News flash—we haven’t. We still want you to plan a first date (maybe even a second one too).  We still need to be courted (instead of being asked from day one, ‘what do you want to do tonight?’). None of the rewritten rules have changed any of that.

As for singles mixers like the one I just went to, I have another pet peeve: no free cocktails. Considering how much work it takes to mingle these days, $20 should at the very least cover a shot of liquid courage.

| dating rules, Flatiron District, Pranna restaurant, singles events

Singles Event Pick: Bring A Wingman Party

July 26th, 2012 — 2:01pm

Readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of speed dating. From my experience, HurryDate is still the leader when it comes to attracting a great crowd – so I was excited to hear from host Alison Kaufman that they’re hosting a “Bring A Wingman Party” next month.

Flatiron hotspot Pranna (photo courtesy: PrannaNYC.com)

Set for Thursday August 16th at hotspot Pranna in NYC’s Flatiron District, the event will offer two-for-tickets for wingmen and wingwomen pairs. Just enter the code HDWINGMANNYC when you RSVP, and you’ll get an email allowing your friend to sign up on the house. And you can still attend solo too. Age group is 30s and 40s, and drink specials start at $5.

Admission is $25 at the door, but only limited spots are available so I recommend RSVP’ing online. Click here for more info.

| Flatiron District, HurryDate, Pranna restaurant, singles events, singles parties, speed dating

Urban Girl Squad’s Five-Star Singles Party

June 17th, 2011 — 5:01pm

Last night, I headed down to Pranna in NYC’s Flatiron district for Urban Girl Squad’s Friend of A Friend Party.

The friendly (and evenly co-ed) crowd at Urban Girl Squad's party

The social networking group knows how to throw a party — this one attracted 150 people. Best of all, unlike a lot of other singles events in NYC, UGS’ party had a 50/50 guy-girl ratio. The premise of bringing an unattached friend of the opposite sex is a truly effective one.

Sachin and me getting in touch with our fiesta groove

My plus one was bachelor friend Sachin. He had me laughing when he said a 23-year-old had approached him but he wasn’t interested. I told him he must be one of the only single guys in the Big Apple not looking for a much younger woman (as a longtime fan of May-December romance, though, I recognize I have no right to complain about this).

Urban Girl Squad’s party planners made it easy for everyone to mingle, providing fun icebreakers — trivia questions for the guys, answers for the ladies — and good incentive to answer them: find your icebreaker match and you could enter a raffle for great prizes ($500 bike, anyone?).

What impressed me most about the party, though, was the crowd’s diversity in terms of age, profession and personality. You had your urban hipster types, GQ wannabes and artistic sweethearts.

Of the three bachelors I chatted with, J, my favorite, fell into the latter category.

As soon as we locked eyes, we both smiled. I told J that Sachin was trying to find out which president was the only one unanimously elected. Without missing a beat, J said George Washington, referring to him as GW. When I teased him about being so chummy with the first president, it led to a playful conversation about time travel and creative dreams.

I learned J is an aspiring author with a talent for dancing, playing the trombone — and being chivalrous. After we exchanged business cards and before he left the party, J kissed my hand. Yes, I think I swooned a little at that.

Thanks, Urban Girl Squad, for the invite. Want to find out what’s coming up on the group’s calendar? .

| Flatiron District, Pranna restaurant, singles events, singles parties

A Very Happy Hour At Pranna

June 26th, 2010 — 5:31pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to Pranna in Midtown for happy hour with PR galpals Andrea, Lauren, Louise and Tara.

Girls Night Out: (counterclockwise from right) Lauren, Tara, me, Louise and Andrea

Our first group get together in many months, it reminded me how fortunate I am that my five-year stint in public relations connected me with such fabulous women.

While enjoying Pranna’s generous happy hour specials (including beer and Naan bread for $5 ), we talked about relatives who try repeatedly to set you up on the same blind date and the increasing trend of men choosing dinnertime for a drinks-only date.

Of being hungry during the date because of this, one of the ladies quipped–

“I couldn’t pay attention to what he was saying because I kept imagining him with a cherry on his head.”

We also reflected on how you’ll tend to make allowances for someone’s shortcomings when you feel an attraction — and not wanting to waste time if you don’t.

“I thought he was nice,” Louise said of a recent first date. “I just didn’t want to ever see him again romantically.”

I laughed — Louise had unknowingly summarized most of the dates I’ve been on lately.

Tara, the only one of us who’s married, gave me her take on finding the right guy. She said for her and most of her married friends, the clichéd adage that it happens when you’re not looking turned out to be true. She met her hubby at a bar, thinking their smooch would amount to nothing more because she wasn’t in marital frame of mind.

“It only takes one date to change your life,” she told me.

All the more the reason to enjoy whomever you meet along the way to finding happily ever after.

| first dates, Girls Night Out, happy hour, Pranna restaurant

Jazz For A Great Cause

September 25th, 2009 — 11:17pm

Monday night, my friend Rachel and I went to History Start Now’s Live Jazz cocktail benefit at Pranna in Gramercy.

History Starts Now: Rachel and me at the Live Jazz event

Held in the trendy Pan Asian restaurant’s inviting downstairs space, the semi-formal event featured hors d’oevures, signature drinks and fabulous musicians — and sobering statistics about child trafficking.

Founded last year, History Starts Now uses a multi-media approach to raise awareness for the fight against sex trafficking of minors in the U.S. According to the group, 300,000 children are trafficked in the U.S., with 10,000 trafficked in NYC alone. The average age of most victims is 12-14 years old.

After talking with charming and well-informed HSN co-founders Rachael Lechliter and Kristina Lee Grandstaff, Rachel and I caught up on recent events. I told her about the end of my summer fling and upcoming second date with cute photographer Ali. She filled me in about her trip Down Under to Sydney, her former hometown.

Another charming Aussie ended up joining our conversation, Perth-born musician Mark. Part of a trio called the Out of Towners (his bandmates are from Japan and the U.K. respectively), Mark and co will be performing at Sugar Bar on October 13th.

Speaking of upcoming calendar-worthy occasions, History Starts Now will be hosting a winter event, one of four annual fundraisers. For more info about the group, click here.

| charitable events, child trafficking, History Starts Now, Pranna restaurant, Sugar Bar, Sydney

Jazz For A Great Cause

September 25th, 2009 — 6:17pm

Monday night, my friend Rachel and I went to History Start Now’s Live Jazz cocktail benefit at Pranna in Gramercy.

History Starts Now: Rachel and me at the Live Jazz event

Held in the trendy Pan Asian restaurant’s inviting downstairs space, the semi-formal event featured hors d’oevures, signature drinks and fabulous musicians — and sobering statistics about child trafficking.

Founded last year, History Starts Now uses a multi-media approach to raise awareness for the fight against sex trafficking of minors in the U.S. According to the group, 300,000 children are trafficked in the U.S., with 10,000 trafficked in NYC alone. The average age of most victims is 12-14 years old.

After talking with charming and well-informed HSN co-founders Rachael Lechliter and Kristina Lee Grandstaff, Rachel and I caught up on recent events. I told her about the end of my summer fling and upcoming second date with cute photographer Ali. She filled me in about her trip Down Under to Sydney, her former hometown.

Another charming Aussie ended up joining our conversation, Perth-born musician Mark. Part of a trio called the Out of Towners (his bandmates are from Japan and the U.K. respectively), Mark and co will be performing at Sugar Bar on October 13th.

Speaking of upcoming calendar-worthy occasions, History Starts Now will be hosting a winter event, one of four annual fundraisers. For more info about the group, click here.

| charitable events, child trafficking, History Starts Now, Pranna restaurant, Sugar Bar, Sydney

Singles Event Pick: Live Jazz Night

September 5th, 2009 — 8:21pm

When it comes to the smooth sounds of jazz, there’s no shortage of places in the Big Apple — so named by musicians back in the 1920’s — to hear it. On Monday, September 21st, the place to hear it will be at History Starts Now’s Live Jazz Night.

Pranna Restaurant: Live Jazz Night will take place here

The four-hour event will take place at trendy Pranna Restaurant on Madison Avenue and feature live music, mingling and luxury raffles. Also included in the $20 ticket price — a free signature cocktail and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The first 100 guests will receive a gift bag.

History Starts Now uses a multi-media approach to raise awareness for the fight against sex trafficking of minors in the U.S. Event proceeds will support the group’s partner, Redlight Children Campaign.

Live Jazz Night kicks off at 7pm on the 21st. For tickets and more info, click here.

Coming up…finding dates in unexpected places and going inside the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Singles Event Pick: Live Jazz Night

September 5th, 2009 — 3:21pm

When it comes to the smooth sounds of jazz, there’s no shortage of places in the Big Apple — so named by musicians back in the 1920’s — to hear it. On Monday, September 21st, the place to hear it will be at History Starts Now’s Live Jazz Night.

Pranna Restaurant: Live Jazz Night will take place here

The four-hour event will take place at trendy Pranna Restaurant on Madison Avenue and feature live music, mingling and luxury raffles. Also included in the $20 ticket price — a free signature cocktail and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The first 100 guests will receive a gift bag.

History Starts Now uses a multi-media approach to raise awareness for the fight against sex trafficking of minors in the U.S. Event proceeds will support the group’s partner, Redlight Children Campaign.

Live Jazz Night kicks off at 7pm on the 21st. For tickets and more info, click here.

Coming up…finding dates in unexpected places and going inside the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

| charitable events, jazz music venues, Madison Avenue restaurants, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Pranna restaurant, The Big Apple

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