Here's our not-quite-automated guide to New York's feature stories. In "Meet. Mate. Multiply," Rachel Lehmann-Haupt examines an interesting wrinkle in yuppie dating patterns: people who choose to rocket through that dating part, going from meeting to family in just a year or two.
Keywords: Singles; dating; marriage; kids; fertility specialist; JDate; Connecticut.
The details: As middle age looms, some single New Yorkers decide to take care of the whole settling-down thing in one fell swoop. We meet several of the resultant families — Scott and Erica, for example, who turned into Scott and Erica and Coco and Rubyrose in a mere year and four months — in their homes: "a one-bedroom apartment on Upper West Side," "a bright Tribeca loft," "an East Village walk-up," "the house they are living in temporarily in Connecticut."
Crucial quote: "'Yeah, meeting Lars, getting married, having a kid,' says Sophie. 'The pace of it all. I was an overachiever in college, and I've achieved all this in fifteen months.'"
Takeaway: When the family-obsessed national culture meets the career-focused New York lifestyle, a weird vortex is created wherein people both postpone and rush through settling down. Which is not to say those people are any crazier than the rest of us.