New York City is one giant melting pot, millions of people from all places on earth squeezed into 300 square miles. Of course you’re meeting new people left and right… right? Wrong. New Yorkers can be friendly to strangers, but stepping into their world is a real challenge. We dig individual canals through this city by treading the same ground over and over again: the same train to work, the same dive bars afterwards, the same friend’s band’s show, the same hungover brunch spots. Eight million people all brushing shoulders with each other, but no more than that.
And now they’re saying that loneliness not only sucks, it’s killingyou, too. (Thanks, science!) Oh, on top of that? It’s crazy difficult to make friends as an adult — even more so in NYC! If this is true (and not just some friendless social researcher’s cry for help), then you gotta do some work to get the odds in your favor. Sitting inside moping won’t help and asking a stranger on the subway to be your friend will likely get you tased. If you want to make friends in a city full of strangers, you need exposure to people you’d never meet anywhere else. And if the people won’t come to you, then you must go to the people! Cue NYC Social.(more…)
Hey but wait, before you swear off dating entirely: Have you tried kickball?
We don’t mean just any kickball with anybody, of course. No, we’re talking about the kind of alcohol-infused (think post-game flip cup) kickball that comes with signing up for a social sports league. Like the whisper-quiet Maytag dishwasher, a well-curated sports league makes it so you don’t even realize you’re meeting new people!
NYC Social has been around in New York for a while and offers a variety of different sports year round, but kickball stands out to us as the Brooklyn choice — just rescuing that slogan from Budweiser’s gnarled, macrobrew fingers, btw — because it’s scrappier, less contact-heavy and hearkens back to a bygone era of stoop kids who, in the absence of iPhones and Facebook and dating apps, learned to make their own fun. (more…)
Or so the registration numbers for the Singles Social Sports league — which is exactly what it sounds like — would say. The registration for the McCarren-Park-based 1/2 dude, 1/2 lady sports teams closes Friday (April 27), so jump on it if you’re into this sort of thing. It costs about $100 to register for each, but no word if you’re guaranteed to score. [via Greenpointers]
Pickup soccer in Prospect Park every Sunday. Photo by Flickr's DiscoContinental.
[To bring you this comprehensive guide to pick-up games, Brokelyn turned to someone on the front lines: our friend Pete of BrooklynFans.com, a new site for BK sports fans to gather. Take it away Pete!]
A great way to trick your body into exercising this summer is through social and semi-competitive sports. Whether you’re looking to push yourself and see if ya still got it, or you’re just trying to re-create recess magic and feel better about that IPA you’ll pound immediately after. Brooklyn has an endless supply of pickup games, adult leagues, and tournaments waiting for you, most of which are free to join! (more…)
The warm weather seems here to stay, and we’re itching to cure one serious case of spring fever. A winter in the gym gets the heart pumping and all, but there’s nothing like getting out there, letting loose and playing some good-old, adrenaline-filled, sweat-flying-off-your-brow sports. Luckily, Brooklyn’s pretty well set-up for this sort of thing, with great parks and spaces, and plenty of amateur leagues to bring everyone together. So whether you’re one for some pick-up hoops, or if organized cricket’s more your cup of tea, here’s how to get out and play. (more…)