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But that didn't stop him from signing up for Train Spottings, the matchmaking service whose recruiters search New York City subways — and public parks and meeting spaces too — for potential romantic partners. "You have to meet a bunch of people in order to meet the right person." De Luca went with a six-month package, which means his matchmaker, Kady "Ms.Turnstiles" Grant, has pledged to set him up on six dates.When Barika Edwards, a 34-year-old radio-show host who lives in Brooklyn's Midwood neighborhood, suffered a bad breakup last year, she was determined to avoid Internet dating."I met my last boyfriend online, and he cheated on me," she says."I haven't found the right one yet, but I will eventually." Turns out that a lot of women are looking for something different.
De Luca, for instance, used to be insecure about dating girls who were taller than he is when they're in heels.And while she hasn't met the right match, she plans to stick with it."I've met some amazing, really cool people so far," she says.(She has interviewed close to 5,000 potential love interests.) Her client list is split down the middle between men and women, although more women reach out. "Many traditional matchmakers will only take on men as clients," she says. I didn't like the socioeconomic exchange." That's not to say regular guys aren't interested in matchmaking.Chad de Luca, a 25-year-old sports marketing executive who lives in Hell's Kitchen, spends plenty of time meeting women at bars, through friends, and on Tinder.