Best Summer Date Ideas in NYC

With summer right around the corner it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and bring your significant other to see the beautiful sights that New York has to offer. Instead of opting for a movie and dinner, consider doing something romantic outside.

1. Sunset Park, Brooklyn

If you’re the type of couple that loves spending time in the sun, consider visiting Sunset Park Brooklyn for NYC dating. It has a one-of-a-kind view of downtown Manhattan and the neighborhood surrounding the park. Known for its beautiful sunbathing and romantic picnicking spots, you’ll be able to get the most out of your time outdoors. It is also a phenomenal place to visit during sundown as you can watch the sun set over the city.

2. Barretto Point Park, Bronx

If you’re looking for a great way to cool off on the steaming heat of the summer, consider visiting the Floating Pool at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx. It’s a great venue for NYC dates as admission is completely free and the pool is ready to use by June 27th each year. It’s also a unique build as the pool is included inside of an old barge called The Floating Lady.

3. Outdoor Summer Movies

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, you’ve undoubtedly heard of outdoor movies and they do exist in the city. These free events include some of the best blockbusters that come out during the summer and it’s the perfect date for getting close to one another and spending time together. Bring your own snacks, picnic basket, and blanket to make it a romantic evening.

4. Rockaway Beach

You don’t have to go to Florida to be able to get your fill of sun and sand as New York is home to Rockaway Beach. There are miles of beach and sand that is open throughout September and they even have surfing for a thrilling NYC dating experience. You can choose to bake in the sun on the sand or take a dip in the cool water when you get too hot.

5. Blue Heron Park, Staten Island

There’s nothing better than being able to submerse yourself in nature when the concrete jungle surrounds you. Blue Heron Park is a beautiful haven filled with natural wildlife including a variety of different birds. There are dozens of hiking trails and wetland marsh areas that are great for getting your fill of the outdoors. You can also bring a lunch and enjoy a summer afternoon picnicking in the lush greenery.

6. Little Bay Park

Commonly referred to as “Little Bae” due to its romantic nature, Little Bay Park offers much more than beautiful scenery in Queens. You can visit Fort Totten Park, which has a variety of historic buildings that you can tour. You can also take a shot at kayaking and canoeing through the tunnels. Also, there’s a free pool available for a cool dip on a hot summer afternoon.

7. Wave Hill

Dating New York City is simple when you have access to such beautiful areas as Wave Hill. As a botanical garden that was designed to overlook the Hudson, you can take your partner for a romantic stroll through the wooded areas, take a tour of the Wave Hill mansion, or participate in one of the various activities that they host in the area throughout the year.

8. Marine Park, Brooklyn

There’s nothing better than getting a little bit of exercise in on a summer day and in Marine Park you can canoe, kayak, paddle board, or use a pedal boat to explore the area.

9. Summer Concerts

If you’re into local music, you’ll easily be able to find free summer concerts in various locations around the city. There’s also the ability to look at any outdoor events that offer inexpensive admission prices to see your favorite band or artist.

10. Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

Exhilarating dates are the most memorable and the most fun, which is why Alley Pond Park Adventure Course is an incredibly popular venue for New York City dates. You can use zip-lines, climb boulder walls, participate in obstacle courses, and more.

 

 

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By The Numbers: These Top 20 Colleges Produce the Most Attractive Men

We looked at the number of inbound messages our men received vs. the verified university they graduated from. This is what we found:

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As the best online dating site in New York, we are proud to feature the most eligible bachelors (and bachelorettes!) in our community.

Please check out the full article about this study on Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-furmansky/by-the-numbers-penn-state_b_8684966.html

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What Your Pet Says About YOU!

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According to research, there’s a lot you can tell about a person based on the pet they own! Here are a few of the interesting things I found. For more information please click on the links listed at the very bottom.

Dog Owners:

  1. People with pets seem to get ill less frequently.
  2. Dog Owners are less likely to suffer from depression.
  3. Just the act of petting a dog lowers heart rate and blood pressure.
  4. Dog owners get better sleep at night.
  5. Dog owners, generally, get the recommended minimum 30 minutes of exercise a day since they need to be walked and played with numerous times a day!
  6. Dog people are 15% more outgoing and social.
  7. They are 13% more agreeable.
  8. 50% more likely to be conservative
  9. 30% more likely to enjoy comedy
  10. 12% more likely to embrace new technology
  11. 23% more likely to be iPhone users.


Cat Owners:

  1. Cat owners tend to be smarter both in terms of IQ score and overall level of education.
  2. Cat owners leave behind a lower carbon footprint than a dog owner.
  3. Men who own a cat are “nicer” than other guys.
  4. Cat owners are quieter and more introverted.
  5. Cat people generally score higher on open-mindedness, imaginativeness, creativity, adventurousness, and holding unconventional beliefs.
  6. Cat people are more likely to look past first impressions.
  7. They make great detectives.
  8. They are more perceptive and patient.
  9. 12% more neurotic than dog owners.
  10. 50% more likely to be liberal.
  11. 11% more likely to identify as fashion challenged.
  12. 7% more likely to be Android users.
  13. 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree.
  14. 27% more likely to prefer individual competition over team competition.

BOTH:

  1. Tend to talk to animals of all kinds.
  2. Don’t like animal print clothing.
  3. Are enthusiastic users of social media
  4. Equally likely to have completed a four year degree.
  5. 60% are in a long term relationship.

Sources:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/infographic-dog-people-vs-cat

http://demographicpartitions.org/dog-people-vs-cat-people-statistics/

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/10/17/cat-people-vs-dog-people-personalities.aspx

http://thoughtcatalog.com/lorenzo-jensen-iii/2015/06/17-basic-differences-between-dog-people-and-cat-people/

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Fun Fall Date Ideas in New York City!

Fall Date Ideas in New York

As fall quickly approaches, we’d like you to be ready with fun and exciting date ideas! Sometimes meeting for dinner or drinks gets monotonous. Show your date that you are not only creative, but willing to think outside the box. Additionally, these great date destinations will help you make use of that awesome fall weather in this beautiful city!

1.Take a walk on The High Line
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.
Where: It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
Hours: 7am-11pm

2. Oktoberfest
When: The official dates for this Bavarian festival are Saturday, September 19 through Sunday, October 5, 2015.
Where: Participating Venues include: Ambrose Hall, Andaz Wall Street, Beer Authority and
Berg’n.

3. Ride Jane’s Carousel at Empire
Where: Fulton Ferry Park
When: Opens September 16th
Hours: Mon, Tue–Sun 11am–7pm, through Nov 5; Thu–Sun 11am–6pm through Apr 5. $2

4. Queens County Farm Museum Apple Festival
Chow down on a slice of an aromatic 8′ x 8′ apple cobbler ($3), listen to a country & western band, take a hayride ($2) or sup the good stuff from Jericho Cider Mill (glass $1.25, quart $3, half gallon $4.50, gallon $7.75). There’s also a cider-pressing demonstration, where you can crank a hand-turn press
When: Oct 2
Hours :11am—4pm
Price: free

5. Indulge at the Chocolate Show
You’ll spoil your sweet tooth rotten at this cocoa expo, where more than 65 companies will showcase their sugary wares. Taste your way around stands from Valrhona, 2 Chicks with Chocolate and Xocolatti before hitting the demonstration theaters to watch the likes of Zac Young (Top Chef Just Desserts) and Serena Palumbo (The Next Food Network Star) at work.
When: Nov 10–12 10am–7pm, Nov 13 10am–6pm;
Price :$30—$40
Where: Metropolitan Pavillon

6. Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Expect plenty of snarky shenanigans during the Brooklyn comic’s eponymous extravaganza, which showcases the talents of alt-comedy stalwarts across two venues. A Kickstarter campaign is funding unusual events to bolster the entertainment, like a petting zoo and an awkward party bus. Among this year’s goofy offerings are “An Evening of Science,” during which hip astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will explain scientific phenomena to Kristen Schaal, John Oliver (unless the Daily Show sends him elsewhere) and Mirman, and a variety hour dedicated to FX spy spoof Archer, featuring songs and dancing from the show’s cast.
Website: www.eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com
When: Sept 15–18

7. Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
The getups themselves are remarkably elaborate and high-concept. Last year, we saw dogs dressed as Mr. Potato Head, a character from Tron and as Breakfast at Tiffany’s (one of the iconic shop’s boxes provided the bulk of the outfit). Enterprising owners stand to win an iPod Touch if their pooch is selected Best in Show, so start planning Fido’s outfit now.
Where: Ave A between 7th and 10th Sts
When: October 22nd at Noon

8. Hit the ice at Rockefeller Center
Take advantage of the discounted price (and lack of crowds) from October 8 to November 3 to practice your spins and jumps—and tick an item off your New York bucket list.
Hours :Mon—Thu 9am–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 8:30am–midnight; Sun 8:30am—10pm.
Price: $6–$14, skate rental $8.

9. New York City Wine & Food Festival
The fourth annual festival brings together Food Network stars and culinary glitterati for a four-day feeding frenzy of tasting events, dinners and seminars. Be quick if you want to snag tickets to demos and talks with Ferran Adri, April Bloomfield, Anthony Bourdain, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and even Luxembourg royal (and Domaine Clarence Dillon wine company president) Prince Robert.
When: Sept 29–Oct 2
Website: www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com

10. Minigolf along the Hudson
Perfect your putting on this 13,000-square-foot course, which opened this year. Youngsters should get a kick out of smacking the ball among the waterfalls and footbridges, while you’ll likely enjoy the view of the river.
Website: www.hudsonriverpark.org
Hours: Daily 10am—10pm.
Price: $5

For more information and events please visit: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/101-things-to-do-in-new-york-city-in-the-fall

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Become a Sparkology Expert

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Hey Sparklers! I figured it would make your life easier if you had a “map key” with some of our Sparkology images and their meanings. Please feel free to comment below on symbols you feel we have missed or navigational questions you would like answered ;)

Messages Towards the top right of your screen if there is a red bubble with a number in it, that means you have x number of unread messages!
Messages This symbol simply means that their primary school listing has been verified by your Sparkology team ;)
greenactive This symbol means the user has been online recently!
fb The user has a Facebook profile that has been verified by your Sparkology team.
referrals These symbols mean that the user has referred friends to our site. If you refer one friend, you get a single white badge. If you refer two friends, you get the double person white badge and once you hit three completed referrals your profile is granted a gold badge!
block Once you are browsing through someones page, you may click this button to block them from contacting you and viewing your profile.
hide This button can be clicked to get rid of someone from your browsing list. Hiding their profile means you won’t see them anymore.
like Click this button if you’d like to save this profile for later viewing. Think of it as creating your own “favorite’s” list!
smile By clicking this button you can send an instant “smile” to the other user. This is our very own version of a virtual “wink”!
filters When browsing there are 5 different ways to view people. 

  1. You can either add in your own search filters (age, location)
  2. Search only new profiles by checking the New box
  3. Search through your “favorites” list by clicking the “I liked” box.
  4. Search through people who have viewed your profile recently.
  5. entering a specific Sparkname
archive This allows you to save their message in a folder so that you can visit it later!
leave-date-feedback After going on a date, you can leave the Sparkology team feedback about how the date went! This allows us to hear about our users and to help make sure we have great and honest people.
lightgreydarkgrey Notice the difference in shades of grey? While browsing, the profiles with a grey background are profiles you haven’t clicked on. Profiles that appear with a black background are profiles you have viewed before.

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What Does Your Job Say About You?

As you know there are definite correlations between certain personality traits and your profession. This is the reason for the testing often done to match you with your perfect job.

What does your profession say about your personality? There are all kinds of professionals on Sparkology. Is there a certain profession that you would mesh best with? We thought it would be helpful to know a little more about how one’s job can define their persona.

Here is the breakdown: 

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1-  Marketing: Ambitious and creative. You enjoy using your brain to resolve abstract problems. You are social and outgoing. Extrovert, intuitive, thinkers, judgers.

2- Sales: Confident and outspoken. You have no trouble speaking your mind and stating your dislikes. You go after what you want and nothing stands in your way. Extrovert, sensors, feelers and judgers. 

3- Doctor:  Straightforward and honest people who prefer action to conversation. Introvert, sensors, thinkers and judgers. 

4- Lawyer: Patient and meticulous. Detail oriented and often times a perfectionist. You are a realist who is quick to make decisions. Extroverts, sensors, thinkers and judgers. 

5- CEO: Creative perfectionists who prefer to do things their own way. Introverts, intuitive, thinkers and judgers. 

6- Human Resources: Thoughtful, creative people driven by firm principles and personal integrity. Introverts, feelers, judgers and intuitive.

7- Finance: Hard worker who values your responsibilities and commitments. Love excitement and excel in a crisis. Introverts, sensors, thinkers and judgers. 

8- Education: Gregarious traditionalist motivated to help others. Introvert, sensors, feelers and judgers.

9- Accounting: Hard worker who values your responsibilities and commitments. Introverts, sensors, thinkers and judgers. 

10- Journalist: Curious and confident creative types who see possibilities everywhere. Extroverts, intuitive, feelers and perceivers.

For more information and more job to personality matches visit http://www.businessinsider.com/best-jobs-for-every-personality-2014-9.

 

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