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Moving to NYC in my 50s was the best decision of my life

Original article is published by the New York Post, read the full article here!

“Dating is a lot more complicated”

Matt Sweetwood, 52, moved from Millburn, NJ, to Battery Park.Stefano Giovannini

Matt Sweetwood, 52, moved from Millburn, NJ, to Battery Park. Photo credit: Stefano Giovannini

“I was like Mr. New Jersey,” says Matt Sweetwood, a recent Battery Park transplant from Millburn, NJ. “I had grown up there, went to Rutgers, and raised five kids there. But when my youngest was in college, I was like, ‘OK, I’m done.’ I had so many things I wanted to do and felt stifled by the 45-minute commute.”

“Now, everything I love is in walking distance,” says the 52-year-old entrepreneur. “I love that Battery Park can feel suburban — it’s walkable, you know your neighbors, it’s got a slowed-down vibe on weekends — but you can get uptown in 20 minutes or less.”

The one thing that threw the divorced single dad for a loop? The dating game.

“The women here are . . . how do I say it? They are unique. They expect nothing less than [your] A-game.” So far, Sweetwood has enjoyed exploring dating apps such as Tinder and also meeting people through old-fashioned connections.

But he’s not complaining: “[My] social life here is so much better than in the suburbs.”

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