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JCMAN320
February 10th, 2005, 09:44 AM
WELCOME TO SEXY CITY
Survey ranks it 11th in the nation for sensational singles scene; NYC is 18th

Thursday, February 10, 2005
By Molly Bloom
Journal staff writer

Forget New York. Jersey City is the town that puts the "city" in "Sex in the City," according to a recent survey by Sperling's Best Places, a company that rates cities in various categories.

Jersey City is one of the best American cities for singles, ranked 11th, seven places ahead of New York City, according to the Sperling survey.

In the survey, which was commissioned by the AXE deodorant company, the best place to have a "good time" is Austin, Tex., which has the nation's highest percentage of 18-to 24-year-olds with money to burn on dates and drinks.

Sperling's "America's Best and Worst Cities for Dating" survey used 24 criteria to come up with its list of 80 cities, including population density, percentage of singles, frequency of hooking up, number of dating venues such as coffee shops and bars, and number of intimate

apparel stores and flowers and jewelry bought as gifts, the company said.

"It seems that Downtown Jersey City has a pretty close-knit group of people," said Michael Buzon, a bartender at L.I.T.M., a Downtown bar. "Every city's got beautiful people and every city's got ugly people. I've seen more brush-offs than I've seen people go home together."

Hoboken, with its high concentration of young, single professionals, didn't make the top 80, which surprised its mayor, David Roberts.

"From what I can observe, I don't think it can get much better than Hoboken for singles," said Roberts, who urged The Jersey Journal to note that he has been "happily married" for 20 years. "When I walk down the street, from the look of things, they're all having a good time."

Jersey City was the only city in the state to make the survey's top 80.

Several customers interviewed yesterday at Dorrian's, a bar in the Newport section of Jersey City, seemed surprised by the ranking.

"I was shocked," said Joe Plessner, who was having a drink there after work last night.

Another patron, Sandy, who asked that her last name not be used, has been in town from Chicago for work for the past week.

"I've seen plenty of cute guys, but I've been tied down with work so I haven't met any of them," she said, adding diplomatically, "I think there are great people everywhere."

Though Jersey City's relatively high ranking as a singles Mecca may surprise some, demographic conditions in Hudson County are ripe for success.

With the county's high population density - 13,046.6 people per square mile - and high percentage of singles - 56 percent of county residents over 15 are unmarried or separated, compared to 47 percent nationally, according to the 2000 Census - its relatively high ranking makes more sense.

"I'm glad folks are having fun and finding good company here in Jersey City," said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy in a written statement.

"This city has a lot to offer with its diverse community, great waterfront development and scenery, and its proximity to New York City. There are definitely a lot of attractive things to find and look forward to here in Jersey City."

His press secretary, Maria Pignataro, an attractive, 30-something brunette, wasn't so sure.

"That survey's crazy," she said. "Listen, I'm single, and I don't meet anyone here."

ZippyTheChimp
February 10th, 2005, 10:09 AM
I don't think I want to be high on any list with Austin, TX at the top.

Schadenfrau
February 10th, 2005, 11:16 AM
Really? I actually found Austin to be a pretty pleasant place. Of course, this was back when I was one of those sexy 18-24 year-olds with money to burn.

TLOZ Link5
February 10th, 2005, 12:24 PM
From what I've heard, Austin is a pretty cool city with liberal politics. It voted overwhelmingly Democratic in the election. We can count it as being in the same league as Denver, Atlanta, Miami, Memphis, New Orleans and Cleveland: "blue" cities in "red" states. (God, I'm starting to hate those terms.)

However, I still need to question the validity of a survey that didn't even include Hoboken http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/icons/icon13.gif

ZippyTheChimp
February 10th, 2005, 01:47 PM
Really? I actually found Austin to be a pretty pleasant place. Of course, this was back when I was one of those sexy 18-24 year-olds with money to burn.
Mostly tongue-in-cheek...except as the nexus of Texas politics.

poppad
May 14th, 2008, 10:10 AM
I am shocked to. As much as I lover Jersey City, I am still waiting to see some sort of night life to come in. Maybe I just don't know where to go, but besides Sandbar there is nothing else even close to that kinda club scene. I hope I am wrong.

Ninjahedge
May 15th, 2008, 02:04 PM
I hope they focus more on the upscale night scene though. Just short of snooty/Meat Packing District.

We really do not need a bunch of SandBars/Bahama Mama's in the area.

What we DO need is like what they have in Europe. Plazas, squares and strips that have all exterior dining and a homey atmosphere.

Hoboken has a bit of it, but not quite the same. Areas of Manhattan are the same thing.... Nothing comes quite close enough to be right on....

The LAST thing we need are a bunch of wide sterile office tower plazas with chain restaurants stuck in the bottom lobby level of the building they are in. (as opposed to the building they are not in? >duh< ). JC Buisness district seems to be doing just that. I drive through and can't see anyone wanting to drive, light train, path or walk there in the evening. They need to keep that in mind in their acceptance of office design proposals. The more ATTRACTIVE you make the land, the less you have to rely on it being cheaper than Manhattan to attract clients/builders.