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 killing you, 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…)