On an unseasonably warm day in October, a photographer and a reporter on a quest for couples to feature in The New York Times traversed almost the entire length of Manhattan, crossing through Central Park, stopping at Comic Con and wandering the High Line.
A few mishaps were inevitable.
Upon spotting one couple who were power walking around the Central Park reservoir, they stopped to ask: “Are you a couple?”
“I’m his mother!” the woman said. “I’m 80.” (Well, she hardly looked it.)
A few successes followed. Faith in journalistic powers of observation reaffirmed. And then, another stumble.
A pair of women lounged on a picnic blanket, bodies and hair casually intertwined. A few feet away, a man reclined in the grass, his gaze on them. A triad?
The photographer and reporter approached: “Are you by any chance in love?”
Sisters, it turned out. “That’s my boyfriend,” said one of the two, pointing at the man.
Brushing off the sting of embarrassment, the photographer and reporter marched on, and by sundown they had rounded up 10 romantically involved duos. Meet them below.
Lily Foster and Mike Gates, Australia
Dr. Foster, 32, is a pediatric intensive care doctor, and Mr. Gates, 34, is a firefighter. They met online. Their first date was over brunch, between his night shift and her afternoon shift.
Is this your first big trip?
Dr. Foster: This is our second big trip. We went to Europe last year.
Was it smooth sailing?
Mr. Gates: I don’t know about that.
Dr. Foster: Definitely a few arguments. About directions and stuff.
Is that why you carry your own map?
Dr. Foster: Pretty much. He has his map on his phone, so I have to check. I confirm.
Inavi Javier and Nadia Shahzad, New York
Ms. Shahzad, 20, and Mr. Javier, 22, met at Sweetgreen, where they both work.
Ms. Shahzad: He was upset because no one was level scooping the chicken. So I showed him that I was level…