Metro Matchmaker: Are Bedford-Stuyvesant and Greenpoint a match?

Emily Stainkamp and Mat Ein get to know each other at Barcade.

Looking for love –– or just a free night out on the town?

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re launching Metro Matchmaker.

The deal: We’ll pay for a blind date between two New Yorkers and the two of you will appear in the pages of Metro.

Think you’d like to be set up on a blind date with a fellow Metro reader? E-mail
photos@metro.us and tell us why you’re a good match. We’ll be in touch if you’re chosen for a date.
Include a little bit about yourself: Name, occupation, age and what you’re looking for in a date. Let the sparks fly!

The background

This week, OKCupid revealed the compatibility of New York City daters based on where they live.
   
After studying their “match percentages,” the popular online dating site noticed that people from certain neighborhoods were better matches than others. For example, Astoria-ites are a good match with those who live in Long Island City. But the two most compatible neighborhoods by far were Bed-Stuy and Greenpoint.
   
So Metro decided to put their little theory to the test. We set up Emily, a 21-year-old paralegal who lives in Bed-Stuy with Mat, a film editor in Greenpoint. Was it love at first site? Find out!

His story

Name: Mathew Ein
Age: 30
Hometown: Old Tappan, N.J.
Now lives in: Greenpoint
Occupation: Film and TV editor
What do you like most about your neighborhood?: Lots of parks for my dog to roam in. Pretty much every kind of food within 10 minutes of home that’s half the price of Manhattan. No tourists is also nice.
Your ideal date: Keep me interested intellectually and I’m happy.
My take: The date with Emily was fun. Barcade was a great place to start. The video games make for a great icebreaker. I think Bed-Stuy people like Greenpoint people because Bed-Stuy is more residential, while Greenpoint has more of a social scene, without the Williamsburg pretentiousness. But I wouldn’t say neighborhoods define people, like OKCupid says. New York is far too diverse.

Her story

Name: Emily Stainkamp
Age: 21
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Now lives in: Bed-Stuy
Occupation: Paralegal
What do you love about your neighborhood?: Low rent, relative flatness (for cycling), proximity to Fulton Street, brownstones, rap history.
Your ideal date: An evening involving excellent food and/or cheap whiskey.
My take: Neither of us are “from” the neighborhoods in Brooklyn where we live, so I don’t know how much these OKCupid aggregates have to do with our relative compatibility. I lived in Greenpoint six months ago, in fact. 

That said, Mat was a nice dude, though predictably we didn’t seem to have a ton in common. Also, I don’t live on the G train, so I’m a little skeptical that I can ever find love in north Brooklyn.

He was very good at Tetris, though!



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's…

A police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania police barracks a week ago.

Local

MAP: New York City street closures, September 19,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on September 19, 20 and 21. There will be many streets and…

Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Television

'Outlander' Season 1, Episode 7: 'The Wedding'

Claire and Jamie are man and wife!!! Like, ALL THE WAY, if you know what we mean. (Twice.)

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…