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Où sont the ladies?

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The other day, Keith and I were sitting around discussing life and things of that nature when the conversation turned to the physical act of love. Not the actual physical act of love—would that he I could be so lucky!—but the topic of the physical act of love. He wondered why it was so hard to find a consenting partner, while I noted that it seemed as though the sheer number treats available at the buffet had increased exponentially (Carney was disqualified from the conversation because he's currently practicing tantra). We thought that, perhaps, this was merely a coincidence of the unfortunate/fortunate bad/good haircuts we'd recently had. Turns out, it’s actually all your doing:

Since 2000, men, mostly between ages 25 and 44, have accounted for more than three-fourths of the population increase in Lower Manhattan. As a result, according to a special census calculation, the sex ratio there increased to 126 men per 100 women in 2005, from 101 men per 100 women in 2000. In the rest of Manhattan, and in the city over all, there were only 90 men for every 100 women.

Why would you want to do this to Keith and his friends?

The census survey, coupled with interviews last week, suggests that what has driven the shift is an influx of well-heeled workaholics on male-dominated Wall Street who prefer short commutes. Nearly one-third of the residents said they walked to work.

Is it also because finance guys are, like explorers, playing a life size game of Oregon Trail?

“We’re seeing a lot of young professionals with very high income, young Wall Street bankers and lawyers who want to be steps from home,” said Eric J. Deutsch, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, a business group. “It’s still a bit of a pioneering neighborhood, and in a pioneering neighborhood you often see more single men.”

And you’re sure it’s not just KH? We mean, he’s good looking by conventional standards but couldn't he just be having a bit of a losing streak?

Men now outnumber women there by a ratio usually found in towns with all-male colleges, military bases and prisons, and in a few enclaves in Silicon Valley.

Lower Manhattan, Higher Testosterone [NYT]