Take Tauren Hagans, 40, from Kingsbridge, who had one skeevy suitor who she met online stand her up on what would have been their first date. “I started getting texts from his girlfriend telling me I was a homewrecker, and ‘BTW, he has herpes,’ ” gasps Hagans, who didn’t know he was half of a couple. But we all want to be loved, so you just keep on trying.” While Hagans admits she’s had the wool pulled over her eyes by potential suitors, she’s never put a bag over her head.
People filed in one at a time and checked in with the hostess, who cleared their name from a list and handed them a card for keeping track of dates that night.“Dating here is definitely more complicated than anywhere else,” says Alida Brandenburg, 30, who moved to Williamsburg from San Francisco a year ago.First impressions may not be everything, but advocates of speed dating claim that when it comes to romance, potential new partners can be given the thumbs up -- or more often, thumbs down -- within a matter of minutes.For the first event I told the men that I was a stewardess and was away most of the time and therefore not looking for anything serious.As a professional chef, I showed my best sophisticated and educated face, and, as a fashion model, I was uncomplicated and bubbly. A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly.At the end of the event, you pick the top people you were interested in and return the card.