NYC neighborhood panics over ‘Internet people’ on Tinder dates
City living can have its drawbacks: traffic, noise, crowds and… “Internet people?” For residents of a Central Park-adjacent neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper West Side the scourge of potential Tinderees or OKCupidettes is worse than any co-op board disagreement.
The problems started this summer when wine bar Riposo 72, located on West 72nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, had its proposed sidewalk cafe approved in August to the displeasure of some local residents. Their fears? That outdoor seating and the bar’s new proposal to serve mixed drinks would attract less than desirable “people from the Internet” using the outdoor space to meet potential dates in person that they had found online.
According to a DNAinfo New York post, a recent community meeting on the subject included such priceless complaints from residents like the following:
“I have seen people say, ‘I met you on the Internet,’ and you’re putting that on the sidewalk? I don’t want children walking near ‘Internet people’ meeting.”
It’s New York City after all, Internet people are by far the WORST THING impressionable young minds might encounter on the streets, right?
When Community Board 7 member George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero asked the group at the meeting if anyone had seen any rowdy people at the sidewalk cafes in the neighborhood he was met with a curmudgeonly retort from resident Chris Horwitz that he wouldn’t know because, “I don’t go out to meet people I found on the Internet.”
Touché, Mr. Horwitz.
The wine bar, which is situated near the historic Dakota building (home of the late Lauren Bacall and John Lennon, Connie Chung and Maury Povich, Joe Namath, and a cadre of other celebs) and the entrance to Central Park’s Strawberry Fields, could really go downhill if something isn’t done about all these potential online dates congregating in the vicinity.
These Internet daters are animals; they’re practically meeting in the streets like drug dealers. Think of the property values! Who cares about quick access to Lincoln Center or views overlooking the Park, their multi-million dollar homesteads could potentially plummet in value by a few million if the ‘hood gets a rep for being “easy.”
Keep up the good fight, Upper West Side warriors. We wouldn’t want you all to have go into hiding at your properties in Darien.