Another New Years Eve is upon us. What a great time to reflect on the past year, and for those of us who are single, contemplate why the hell we are still single. Because let’s face it, attending those New Year’s Eve parties solo while your friends make out with their SOs around you doesn’t exactly scream “Happy New Year,” does it?
So why not make things “Happn?” Unlike other dating apps where swiping is the main focal point in finding love, Happn is really unique in that the experience starts in real life.
“Happn allows people to meet others on-the-go as they would normally, over the course of their normal day-to-day activities. Its real-time geolocation technology allows you to discover people who just happen to be in the right place at the right time – whether on the same commute to work, at the same party/concert, go to the same grocery store, work out at the same gym, etc.”
Essentially, this free app is the closest thing to meeting someone in person with the help of technology, while not fully inhibiting your ability to build rapport and establish a connection first. It never uses your exact location, and you only communicate with those who you choose. A win-win situation for all.
Seeing as many others in this city are definitely looking for that famed midnight kiss, head out to the below top NYC locations where users cross paths the most, and see if you can make love “happn” for you this New Year’s Eve.
1. New York Sports Clubs (Lexington Ave and E51st St)
Working out before all those “new year, new me” people take over the gym? Perfect, because you’ve already found something in common with your match at the New York Sports Club. Share stories of how you’ve been working out twice a week for the past 5 years, and then share your midnight kiss while simultaneously doing the elliptical. Romantic, indeed.
2. Times Square (Broadway and W 41st)
If you’re sick of all those cynical New Yorkers who “never have time” for a date, then head over to Times Square to meet a match from the other 49 states that we often forget exist! This week is prime tourist season, so your pickings are far and wide. As long as they aren’t planning to watch the ball drop, try to convince them to come with you for an “authentic” New York New Years at your friend’s basement apartment in Bushwick, where it’s just as fun to watch the ball drop on the TV.
3. Bryant Park Winter Village (6th and W 40th St.)
It would be truly picturesque to meet your match while doing some after-Christmas shopping for yourself, eating fried chicken from a cone, and admiring those who are ice-skating with their lovers, wouldn’t it? You too could then spend your New Years being one of those lovers for the singles to envy, skating and kissing in the moonlight.
4. Grand Central Station (Park Ave. and E 42nd)
Want to meet someone who takes the Metro North as often as you do? Or someone who solely goes to Grand Central Market for the free food samples? Look no further than Grand Central Station, and once your match is made in heaven, introduce them to your family that you were heading home to be with! Just kidding, don’t do that. This isn’t Craigslist for a reason, people. Instead, awe at the architectural beauty while downing Shake Shack at midnight.
5. Herald Square (Broadway and W 33rd)
Want to meet someone who takes NJ Transit or the LIRR as often as you do? The answer is always no, so instead, this match might also love to shop at H&M and awe at the Macy’s Holiday Window display. Share in your shopping frenzy by hitting up Zara, Uniqlo, and Gap, obviously so you both look fresh for the New Year.
6. Madison Square Park and Flatiron Plaza (Broadway and E 23rd)
If you want a match who loves artsy photos of the Flatiron building, adores Eataly, or needs to try the very first location of Shake Shack, this area is for you. Chit chat about life and love in the park while cutesy urban squirrels run up to you for food. Then discuss your adoration for pasta as you get lost scouring every section of Eataly.
7. Gramercy Park (Lexington Ave and E 21st)
Meeting a match in this neighborhood means that you’re both exquisitely elite. Bond over which person has the best key for entry to the park, and scoff at the rest of the city that can never lay eyes on the park in person, or live here in general.
Although I can’t guarantee that the above locales will make love “happn,” at least check them out this week and see what awaits you! A New Years kiss is not to be wasted.