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These Are the Hottest Neighborhoods When Looking for Love — or an Apartment

By Amy Zimmer | February 14, 2017 2:08pm | Updated on February 15, 2017 2:46pm
 An image of the Macdougal Sullivan Gardens as seen from the townhouse for sale at 82 MacDougal St.
An image of the Macdougal Sullivan Gardens as seen from the townhouse for sale at 82 MacDougal St.
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Maybe your apartment should be your profile pic.

The hottest neighborhoods for rental searches in the city are also home to the most sought-after people on one popular dating site.

The West Village, for instance, was the most popular neighborhood in 2016 for renters looking for new digs — and its residents were also twice as likely to attract a potential date, according to real estate search engine Streeteasy, which partnered with the dating app Hinge to analyze trends in the hunt for both apartments and romance.

When it came to matters of the heart, however, West Villagers might not be so enthusiastic about potential suitors.

“While residents of the West Village were most likely to have other users express interest in them, they rarely reciprocated, making them highly sought-after but hard to get," Streeteasy said in a blog post.

And this may be true when it comes to finding an apartment in the area, too, where the monthly median rent was $3,600, the site said.

Like West Villagers, Greenpoint residents were also among the most in demand — and discerning, having among the lowest “save” rates when matched with other people's profiles — according to Hinge, which connects users looking for a relationship through Facebook friends.

But if you matched with someone from Greenpoint, you’re more likely to have exchanged numbers through the app and met in person — despite the much-maligned G train.

“True, Greenpoint has pretty limited transit options. But its low key vibe, proximity to the waterfront and a growing restaurant and bar scene along Manhattan Avenue are perks that outshine its transit shortcomings," said StreetEasy spokeswoman Lauren Riefflin.

Greenpoint's popularity is also on the upswing for would-be renters, and it ranked No. 10 for Brooklyn searches last year.

With a median asking rent of $2,800 a month — which was just a few hundred dollars above the borough median last quarter — "it’s a neighborhood that offers both value and charm," Riefflin said.


In Queens, Astoria was the most popular area for both rentals and Hinge searches. Residents there were also the most open to meeting new people, as users saved potential matches a lot and reciprocated when others saved them.

Residents living in areas like the East Village and Murray Hill may be the chattiest when it comes to connecting on Hinge, but data from the site was unclear on whether those conversations blossomed into anything more.

On the other hand, when it came to real estate, would-be renters in those neighborhoods were certainly in hot pursuit, contacting listings brokers at more than double the rate of the citywide median, Streeteasy found.

Daters living in Manhattan’s Lincoln Square area, Fort Greene and Woodside were apparently the most likely to meet in real life, based on the exchange rate of phone numbers through Hinge.

These neighborhoods also saw house hunters contact agents at rates higher than the citywide median, according to Streeteasy.