Want to Find Love in NYC? Put a Bag Over Your Head

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Monica Siu has never been in a relationship.

The 23-year-old is not unattractive. In fact she is quite beautiful -- quick to laugh, with long black hair that falls past her shoulders, and cheeks that flush pink easily.

But in high school, while "everyone else was dating and getting all those feelings," Siu, the oldest of her siblings, was saddled with adult responsibilities because of problems at home.

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Happy Valentine's Day! Cutest East Village Couple Give Love Advice: "There Is No Love Today"

"I love you, God bless you and see you tomorrow," is how Pilar La Rosa bids adieu to her regular patrons at Pilar Jewelry Repair on East 7th Street. Shopping at her quaint boutique is always a joy, though for the most part we stop by for no apparent reason other than to chat with owners Pilar and her husband Walter. You see, it's not everyday you meet a happily (and chill) married couple (in Manhattan) that also happen to work together.

This adorably cute couple hail from Lima, Peru, and have been coworkers for the past 20 years at this East Village storefront, which is an accomplishment in itself. What is even more astonishing is that they've been married for the past five decades! So on today's very special love day, we asked the one couple who spends every waking moment together how relationships can function and survive in today's complex digital love age.

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As the World Mourns Its Anniversary, A Lesser Known LGBT Titanic Tale is Told

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As the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic comes to end tonight, millions of people reflected on one of history's greatest mysteries today in more ways than one. 

In Houston, a $12,000-a-plate, 10-course dinner was served to whoever wanted to (or could afford to) relive the last supper held before the iceberg hit. Media outlets put together hordes of old-fashioned picture galleries from the day of departure. And the 3D film version of the luxury liner's collapse made $2 billion this weekend, proving that James Cameron can never fail presumably at anything.

But historian Richard Davenport-Hines decided to reflect on the Titanic's demise by telling a tale that is rarely heard of yet is as relevant as ever - a doomed love story that rises above the relationship of Winslet and DiCaprio. 

He wrote a piece that was shared in The Daily today about a young passenger of the ship named Major Archibald Butt, a respected figure in Washington who was good friends with Presidents William Taft and Teddy Roosevelt and a gay man.

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Photographer Lauren Fleishman Chronicles 'Love Ever After'

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After freelance photographer Lauren Fleishman's grandfather died, she found a book next to his bed containing love letters written to her grandmother. "That inspired me to start seeking out couples that have been married for over 50 years," she told Runnin' Scared on the phone today. Fleishman has been working on the project for three years, and is now seeking funds on Kickstarter to help her photograph more couples and turn her work into a book. We admit we have been cynical about the current onslaught of love-themed media, but we are smitten with these stories of long-lasting New York-area romance.

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Valentine's Day Report: New Yorkers Want To Date And Move At The Same Time

Valentine's Day might have lost the allure of romance (or, rather, sex) for some people, but there is still some hope in the city. We checked in with site HowAboutWe -- which encourages the lovelorn to post ideas for dates -- and were told that New York postings have been steadily rising since January 13. That's when, as HowAboutWe.com media director Erin Scottberg said, holiday malaise has run its course, those "why are you still single?" questions are still on the brain, and Valentine's Day hype starts getting going. Last year, according to Scottberg, there was an increase in the number of dates posted through Feb. 14 (the big day). That then leveled out until the beginning of March when people started to embark on finding springtime beaus. But what have New Yorkers been wanting to do on their posted dates recently? Go tour a sewage plant? Not exactly, but let's just say that New Yorkers have been looking for something more than just a pleasant time with another person.

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Who Does Michael Bloomberg Love On Twitter? We Find Out With Twit Amore

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Because love is at least nominally in the air (Valentine's Day is Tuesday), the Internet has brought you a new tool to discover your digital crushes. Twit Amore is an app that allows you find out who you or someone you like to stalk loves on Twitter by simply entering a user's handle. According to the site's "about" page it can reveal these "romantic" (note my use of scare quotes) interests by "using the Twitter API, it looks up who you follow, your timeline and your favourite tweets." We decided look up the loves of a few notable New Yorkers, and didn't find anything too incriminating. [h/t]

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8,327 Kisses Occurred Under Some Giant Mistletoe in NYC This Week

On Monday and Tuesday an event went down in the Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza that involved a number of presumably happy couples lip-locking under what is reported to be "the largest pair of mistletoe in the world" measuring 10 feet tall, each with a 2-foot-wide "ball" of mistletoe. No one got hurt! 8,327 [correction: 16,654] people were enticed to kiss underneath these large green things in conjunction with FindYourFacemate.com, an online dating service that uses facial recognition software to pair people up. (Research shows that people are more likely to be attracted to others whose facial features are similar to theirs, but we'll allow you to explore that on your own, minus any relatives.)

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n+1 Has Launched a Personals Site

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The sad young literary people of New York have a new outlet for their forays into online dating: literary magazine n+1's new personals site, n+1 Personals. It's everything you want it to be, and more. The ads are exquisitely, beautifully, perfectly insufferable in every way.

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Inside the Bert and Ernie Marriage Campaign

Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie have been living together for 40 years. And now, an online petition demanding that Sesame Street allow Bert and Ernie to wed is circulating. As of this posting it has almost 4,500 signatures. "Let us teach tolerance of those that are different," the petition's description reads. "Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives." Admirable intentions, but are Bert and Ernie even gay? And even if they are, why should two puppets on a kids' show get married?

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"Geovanni Kasanova," Bronx Con Man, Seduced Bank Tellers In Identity Theft Scheme

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The real Casanova.
‚ÄčPro tip for single ladies: if a man introduces himself to you at a club as Geovanni Kasanova, it's a big red flag. Do not become his girlfriend. Do not let him convince you to access people's accounts at the bank where you work, making you a co-conspirator in a large-scale grand larceny and identity theft scheme. That exact situation is what two young women in the Bronx, Kia Wylie and Malika Williams, are accused of having been a part of.

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