Posts Tagged: Manhattan

Mom Date

—Tuesday, June 26, 2012— If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a mom ain’t one. In fact, this mom was the opposite of a problem — she was my 100th date! For all the preparation I’d done throughout the year, it was actually kind of unnerving… Read more »

Kayaking Date

—Friday, June 22, 2012— Holy shit — this was my 99th date. Only one more and I would be done. As such, this date excited me more than most others. Don’t get me wrong, the project had been fun, but I was looking forward its completion. The other surefire reason to be excited about the… Read more »

Art Gallery Date

—Tuesday, June 19, 2012— It was easy for people to dismiss OHD as not being genuine, or real, for one reason or another, but really, it was all subjective. The same had been said about pieces of art, time and time again, by countless college freshmen. Not matter how you sliced it, art and dating… Read more »

Ferry Ride Date

–Sunday, June 17, 2012– Gather round, ladies and gentlemen, for the dating sensation of the summer season! In this edition of One Hundred Dates, our hero (that would be yours truly) takes to the waterways of New York City on a mission to impress a Bible Belt gal and dance to that big band jazz… Read more »

Bartender Date

—Saturday, June 16, 2012 — One myth I wasn’t able to truly able to debunk during OHD? That female bartenders were the most impossible dates to get. I found a way to make it happen, of course, but it wasn’t easy. A week before this date, I had come home after a long Friday at work and… Read more »

Beach Date

—Sunday, June 10, 2012— Beaches were laid back places, but for most of my life they made me feel relatively uptight. I didn’t like the sand, the salt water or sunburns. By 26 though, I was starting to come around to enjoy beaches and I fully understood that they were great places to visit with… Read more »

Dance Class Date

—Tuesday, June 5, 2012— Dancing was something I really enjoyed doing, but the idea of a classroom setting tripped me up. I was nervous to go from being a decent dancer in my demographic to doing things incorrectly in a class. However, I was more nervous about my date not showing up. Admittedly, I was… Read more »

Foreigner Date

—Saturday, June 2, 2012— Foreign women — whoa baby. There were a number of female qualities that could draw me in and make me weak in the knees, but being from another country was probably A-number-1. I had been steadily reaching out to foreign women throughout the project, but none of those interactions had borne… Read more »

Performance Art Date

—Friday, May 18, 2012— As soon as we first went out, on Bowling Date, I knew that I needed to go out with Pearl again. I was upset, however, that I had let so much time pass before asking her again. In the whirlwind of my OHD year, Fall had turned to Winter and Winter… Read more »

Sister Date

—Friday, May 11, 2012— Sister Date was one date that people often had questions about. Wasn’t that incestuous? Totally gross?? Morally incomprehensible??? Well you can calm down…because I don’t even have a sister. I had to date someone else’s sister for this one. The original idea was that I had to go out with the… Read more »

Community Service Date

—Saturday, May 5, 2012— In most ways anyone could view it, this OHD project was all about me. I was the one benefitting, getting the credit, putting forth opinions and, hopefully, growing as a person. It seemed to make sense that I should at least have one date where the goal was to give back…. Read more »

Notable Individual Giving A Talk Date

—Thursday, May 3, 2012— I couldn’t believe that for a date activity as mundane as a notable individual giving a talk, I had found such a seemingly exciting woman who was willing to tag along. Unfortunately, this date didn’t go according to plan and I nearly had to call the whole thing off. Radha had… Read more »

Craigslist Date

—Thursday, April 26, 2012— Craigslist: The Wild West of internet dating. There were no real rules on Craigslist, a site where people placed ads seeking and offering any and all kinds of intimate encounters, even prostitution was offered up there. By 2012, was a taboo place to seek out a date and that was exactly why… Read more »

Breakfast Date

—Friday, April 20, 2012— Even the best laid plans could go wrong. But this plan was pretty cool. It was adventurous even, especially considering that it revolved around a meal that many people simply skipped. Isabelle had emailed me almost a month before our date, after she had stumbled upon my tumblr via her tumblr, or something… Read more »

Ice Cream Date

—Wednesday, April 18, 2012— There she was. Three rows up. Sitting alone. My date was at my improv show and I saw her take her seat just before my team went backstage to ready ourselves. As if the show itself wasn’t enough to make me nervous, I also wanted to specifically impress Kathleen. Several weeks… Read more »

Ex-Girlfriend Date

—Friday, April 13, 2012— It had been just over nine months since Alana and I had seen each other. Nine months since I stood on her stoop, returning a book I’d borrowed. Nine months since I’d apologized over and over again for having to start this project and for having to break things off with… Read more »

Tourist For A Day Date

—Saturday, April 7, 2012— A bad date was bound to happen. After 75 dates, my luck finally ran out and I went on a less than pleasant date. Unfortunately, it was a date that lasted roughly ten hours. Elaine found me on OkCupid and asked if I would like to go out with her for… Read more »

Celebrity Date

—Sunday, April 1, 2012— Finding a celebrity to date was certainly a tall order to fulfill, even with a year to do so and my amazingly good looks. Fortunately, a friend hooked me up with a celebrity date who was even better looking than me and incredibly down to earth. Crazy, I know. Then again,… Read more »

Hiking Date

—Sunday, March 25, 2012— Holy God, this was the earliest date ever. My first alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. but it wasn’t until 5:47 a.m. that I was finally “awake”. I dragged myself out of bed and into the shower to get ready for a splendid day of hiking with Bobbie, who I knew… Read more »

Midwestern Date

—Tuesday, March 20, 2012— I didn’t have a specific plan for how this date would go, as it merely required the presence of someone from the Midwest, and fortunately, I wasn’t given too much of a chance to over-think it. This date started off as a different date and while I had made plenty of adjustments… Read more »

Scavenger Hunt Date

—Sunday, March 18, 2012— I love a good scavenger hunt. They’re filled with surprises, you have to piece together clues and at the end of it, you usually hope to win a prize. I love the competitive aspect of it too. This scavenger hunt was unlike any I had ever been on because the prize… Read more »

Club Date

—Friday, March 16, 2012— You know what I always say: Don’t be a schlub in the club. This date was definitely the one time I had to worry about that the most, since I’d actually be in a club for once. Hopefully, I wouldn’t be a schlub. This date all began on OkCupid with some… Read more »

Double Date

—Tuesday, March 6, 2012— Double your pleasure, double your fun, right? The logic seemed sound enough. When Morgan and I had gone first gone out, back in October of 2011, we talked about our friends Bradley and Georgia. They seemed like they might be a decent fit for each other, but it took me forever… Read more »

Lunch Date

—Saturday, March 3, 2012— For one reason or another, lunch dates seemed to be relegated to the province of weekday office breaks and spur of the moment decisions to eat together. On the weekends, brunch reigned supreme and lunch seemed to take a couple days off. When I asked Sandra to lunch, for our second… Read more »

Gay Date

—Wednesday, February 29, 2012— Throughout the first seven months of One Hundred Dates, I had spoken to various friends and random gay men about how I should go about getting this date. People had various opinions and gave sometimes contradicting advice, but luckily for me, my Gay Date fell right into my lap. One of… Read more »

Older Woman Date

—Tuesday, February 14, 2012— I had long wondered how Valentine’s Day would play out during OHD, and while I hadn’t expected to be going out with someone 19 years my senior, it also didn’t seem like the craziest idea in the world, given what my world had become. Lois was ahead of me getting to… Read more »

Create A Podcast Date

—Sunday, February 12, 2012— Through parts of this day would come to exist on the internet, in audio form, it was actually one of the few dates that began in my home neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. Maybe it wasn’t actually so few, but it felt that way for whatever reason. One cool thing about my… Read more »

Shopping Date

—Sunday, February 5, 2012— It was Super Bowl Sunday and the New England Patriots, my hometown football team, were playing against the much hated New York Giants. Rather than watch the game, I was going out shopping, because One Hundred Dates had a wonderful way of ruining my life. My date for the day was… Read more »

Exercise Date

—Tuesday, January 31, 2012— Lara’s approach was not what I had expected. She walked up to me so casually, I had no idea she was my date, and yes, I had seen a picture of her before. “Hey, I’m Lara,” she said with no inflection or emotion behind it. “Lot’s of people hug, but that’s… Read more »

Nothing But Shots Date

—Friday, January 27, 2012— Valerie was supposed to go out with me months before this date and by that I mean, I was supposed to ask her out months earlier but I never did. I was also supposed to ask her on this date because she worked for a vodka company, so it seemed like… Read more »

Off-Broadway Date

—Saturday, January 21, 2012— It had been a long week and I needed a pick me up in more ways than one. Originally, I was supposed to take someone else on this date, but when that fell through, Dora got the call. I was three weeks into the second half of the project and it… Read more »

Afternoon Tea Date

—Monday, January 16, 2012— I always appreciated a long weekend, and throughout One Hundred Dates, having a Monday off from work was even better than usual. It meant I could get some sleep, catch up on writing or go on a date. I did all three of those things on Martin Luther King Jr Day… Read more »

Blind Date

—Friday, January 13, 2012— It was Friday the 13th, and I was in a real bonerjam. Two out of my last three dates had cancelled on me, which meant I was two dates behind pace. I was about to wrap up the first two weeks of 2012 with only one date under my belt. I… Read more »

High School Friend Date

—Saturday, December 31, 2011— Wow. I am still somewhat surprised. My 50th date of the project hit at exactly the six month mark. I was incredibly relieved that all the hustle I’d put in had gotten me right where I needed to be. Sure, I may have only been half-way there, but it encouraging to… Read more »

Man Date

—Wednesday, December 14, 2011— Madison Square Garden — One of the greatest stages on Earth. My Morning Jacket — One of my favorite bands in the world. Me — Eating pizza alone and wondering when exactly I would see my date for that night. I started my date that night on my own because David… Read more »

Ice Skating Date

—Monday, December 12, 2011— Oh Winter, you beautifully cold bitch, or perhaps, you terribly handsome bastard. I don’t want to assume Winter’s gender. The week of this date, New York was experiencing one of the first decent cold streaks of the winter, so it seemed only right to get some ice skating in. I hadn’t… Read more »

Cooking Dinner Date

—Saturday, December 10, 2011— I met Emma inside of the 23rd Street entrance to New York City’s own amusement park of Italian food and drink, Eataly. I hadn’t seen her since January, at the same party I had met Soul Mate, almost a year earlier. She caught me by by surprise, arriving from the interior… Read more »

Hookah Bar Date

—Wednesday, December 7, 2011— We had agreed to meet at the restaurant, Le Souk Harem, which I had read mixed things about online, but upon arrival, it seemed decently cool. Since I was a bit early, I grabbed a seat at the diminutive downstairs bar. The bartender, a young guy who couldn’t have been older… Read more »

Moustache Date

—Friday, December 2, 2011— I present to you, ladies and gentlemen of the internet, a moustashioed date in two parts. We begin with the prologue. A friend of mine from college, Jenna, texted two weeks before this date, in late November. When Jamie texted me the Sunday before our eventual date, asking if I’d like… Read more »

Board Game Date

—Monday, November 14, 2011— Aside from man himself, there is perhaps no game more dangerous than the dating game. It eats some of us alive, spits us out and carries on to the next unsuspecting victim. I don’t like to think of it as a game, but there’s no denying that even the language of… Read more »

Art Class Date

—Thursday, November 3, 2011— Art is subjective. As is dating. I was asked often over the course of the project, “What is a good date?” and much like good art, it is often left up to the audience to decide. I was meeting Selina just south of Madison Square Park, on Broadway, in lovely New… Read more »

Shooting Range Date

—Saturday, October 29, 2011— ZOMBIES! It was the Saturday of Halloween weekend and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by taking a zombie apocalypse handgun training course. I mean, right? Since I had been up late the night prior, at The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I’d had an illness-ridden, busy… Read more »

Rocky Horror Date

—Friday, October 28, 2011— I’ve hardly ever been cool enough to be well versed in cult classics. I’ve always thought that the people knew every great B movie, every criminally underrated band or every avant guard comedian were somehow ahead of the curve and had a bold predisposition to exploration which I lacked. The Rocky… Read more »

Bowling Date

—Sunday, October 23, 2011— This was the cherry on top of what had been a crazy ass weekend. My bus from Boston had pulled into town only a couple hours before the date. I ran home to Queens with just enough time to change clothes before turning right back around and returning to Manhattan. That… Read more »

Comic Con Date

—Saturday, October 15, 2011— Here’s what I love about my favorite comic books: They allow me to engage with something fantastic while still making me feel like they are possible in real life. If only I were bitten by the right spider; if only they would invent a flying suit of armor; if only an… Read more »

Broadway Date

—Thursday, October 13, 2011— It should have been a super fun and carefree Thursday. Here was my agenda: 1. Sleep in. 2. Do some shopping. 3. Go to work. 4. Attend a Broadway premier. 5. Attend the after party of a Broadway premier. This night was Broadway Date, and it wasn’t just any show, it… Read more »

Trivia Date

—Tuesday, October 4, 2011— I really needed a date for the night and I was running out of time. I had been wanting to take Megan out for a few months and luckily, I had just run into her that past Saturday, so it wasn’t totally out of the blue to contact her about a… Read more »

Dive Bar Date

—Saturday, October 1, 2011— It was about a quarter past ten at night and I am certain it was the latest I’d started a date so far. I had left my friends at a bar in Chelsea and headed down to the West Village. It only took me a few minutes to get my bearings… Read more »

Live Music Date

—Sunday, September 25, 2011— “You are the only thing in any room you’re ever in.” – Elbow, Starlings I was supposed to meet Lynn around 5:30 or 6 p.m. in Hell’s Kitchen. There was a Thai place there that I liked. She texted me around 4:15 p.m. from the PATH station in Hoboken, letting me… Read more »