Take Tauren Hagans, 40, from Kingsbridge, who had one skeevy suitor who she met online stand her up on what would have been their first date. “I started getting texts from his girlfriend telling me I was a homewrecker, and ‘BTW, he has herpes,’ ” gasps Hagans, who didn’t know he was half of a couple. But we all want to be loved, so you just keep on trying.” While Hagans admits she’s had the wool pulled over her eyes by potential suitors, she’s never put a bag over her head.Enter “Paper Bag Speed Dating” at the New York Hall of Science on Wednesday, where participants meet potential matches by donning the humble lunch tote.During speed-dating parties, participants partake in 10–20, three-minute dates seamlessly slotted into one no-pressure evening at a bar or lounge.
City singles are so frustrated with the local meet market that offbeat speed-dating parties are actually starting to look pretty good.Our unique experience has featured evolutionary psychologists, neuroscientists, biologists, comedians, historians, food designers and drag performers.Tickets can be used for more than 75 themed singles events, and vouchers can be shared with friends. Users make a snap judgment based on someone’s profile shot, and in Tinder’s case they swipe them to the right or the left as they deem them hot or not.But participants had such a blast hooking up at Loveflutter’s anti-Tinder party that the hosts are bringing it across the pond, beginning with NYC — and not a minute too soon, say singles.