“Dating is a lot more complicated”
“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.”