When the NYU News team put the call out on our social media channels for alumni couples who'd met during their time studying here, we weren't quite prepared for the flood of enthusiastic responses we'd receive. We heard from newlyweds and couples who'd been together for decades; from grads of almost every school and college; and from soulmates who fell in love under the Washington Square Park arch or connected while studying away in Paris or Madrid. 

The message for this Valentine's Day? You never know where you might find (violet-tinted) love. Couples met in class or at their residence halls, in clubs and choirs, or through campus jobs. A surprising number of pairs reported having crossed paths during their very first days on campus, while others didn't bump into each other until they were (literally) on their way to graduation. 

A selection of these NYU love stories appear below, with even more couples represented in a slideshow at the bottom of this page.


Amy Palnitzki (Steinhardt '75), Stephan Goldin (CAS '71, Courant '79)

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Wedding date: August 22, 1976

Now, 42 years later, our family includes three sons, one of whom got his degree from Steinhardt and married his sweetie who graduated from there, too—they've been married almost 10 years now! 
How NYU played matchmaker:

Amy: He came down to the Square when the Heights campus was sold—in 1972. We both sang in the Choral Arts Society, and it was friendship, then dating.

Where on campus sparks flew:

The Education Building and Frederic Loewe Theater, where we spent a lot of time rehearsing and performing choral concerts.

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

The Cookery for food and jazz (gone now, but was on the corner of 8th St. and University Pl.)


Cora de Leon (CAS '94, Social Work '96) and Matthew Fasciano (CAS '92, Social Work '96)

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Wedding date: June 12, 1999

Coincidentally, I am now a faculty member at the Silver School of Social Work and so I teach where we first met.
How NYU played matchmaker:

Cora: We both attended NYU as undergrads but met while at NYU's School of Social Work. We were accquaintances and became friends when we had a class together in our last semester. At that time, the All-University Commencement was in Washington Square Park and each student was limited to two tickets. I asked in class if anyone could spare any extra. He offered his—and asked me to dinner. We've been having dinner together ever since! 

Where on campus sparks flew:

The School of Social Work building (1 Washington Square North) is special because that’s where we met. 25 West 4th was then a fairly new set of classrooms, and that’s where we had our last class together.

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

One of our favorite places to go while we dated was Bar Pitti (268 Avenue of the Americas). For dessert: Ferrara’s, in Little Italy.


Clara Kuhlman Solomon (CAS '99, Steinhardt '06) and Jeffrey Solomon (TSOA '99)

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Wedding date: May 2, 2004

We got to know each other at orientation events (Metropolis and Rocky Horror Picture Show at Loeb Student Center, games with our RAs, sitting by the fountain in Washington Square Park) and over many, many meals at the Hayden Hall cafeteria, where Sylvia, the cafeteria lady, would serenade us every time we swiped our meal plan cards.
How NYU played matchmaker:

Clara: My husband and I met on our first day at NYU in 1995. In fact, he was the first person I met while unpacking my bags in what was then Hayden Hall (now Lipton Hall). I was in my tiny room trying to decide how to decorate and who would get which desk and dresser, and he and his roommate knocked on my door to introduce themselves. I was impressed that they had ventured out so quickly. We went out that first night to explore the Village. Fast forward 23+ years and we are happily married with two kids, and I’ve come back to work at NYU. Violet pride runs deep in our family!

Where on campus sparks flew:

Hayden Hall is where we met and fell in love. We got to know each other over many, many meals in the Hayden cafeteria.

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

Corner Bistro or Caffe Reggio


Andrea (Friedman) Abbate (Gallatin '02) and Ben Abbate (CAS '02)

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Wedding date: June 28, 2008

How NYU played matchmaker:

Andrea: We met in Florence during NYU study abroad in the spring of 2001. We weren’t quite friends. Then a year went by. 9/11 happened. We graduated. The day before Commencement we bumped into each other at Grad Alley, recognized each other from La Pietra, and exchanged land line phone numbers on an old receipt. Three weeks later he called. I went over to his apartment for dinner and never left.

Where on campus sparks flew:

Washington Place, where we bumped into each other at Grad Alley; the La Pietra campus in Florence where we first met, and Union Square.

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

So many that aren’t around any more! Dojo and Shakespeare & Co. bookstore. Bagel Bob’s and Baluchis. Very long walks down Broadway and over the Brooklyn Bridge.


Suhaly Bautista-Carolina (CAS '08) and Naiema Carolina (CAS '08)

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Wedding date: September 12, 2014

How NYU played matchmaker:

Suhaly: We met during freshman orientation in 2004. We were 17! We first saw each other on the 8th floor of the Silver building. Naiema even remembers what I was wearing (an all green outfit down to the belt).

Where on campus sparks flew:

Bobst Library. We used to meet there to study and never got any work done all 4 years (too busy staring at each other and laughing until our stomachs hurt)!

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

We used to love to go to Uno’s for their brownie bowl, but now it’s The Smith.


Ethan Lutske (Law ’10) and Chen Ye (Law ’08)

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Wedding date: August 1, 2013

I was impressed immediately after he started to speak Chinese to me (he taught himself Chinese when he was in college). We then spent the next two months getting to know each other before we actually went on a date!
How NYU played matchmaker:

Chen: Ethan and I met the first week of law school, when the various student groups were holding their welcome parties. I believe it was the South Asian Law Students Association event, and they were serving Thai food. Ethan and I both got some food and happened to sit down in the same circle, across from one another. 

Where on campus sparks flew:

As law students, we spent a lot of our time in the library. Almost every day before we started dating, we would meet in the library and study—or so I thought! Turns out Ethan wasn’t studying at all—he was just playing games on his laptop, pretending to study as an excuse to be next to me. Once we actually started dating, he stopped showing up at the library!

Nostalgic date spot:

Our first official date was on Broadway—we went to see the Phantom of the Opera. We’d already become good friends by that point, so it was an intimate first date. Very little anxiety or nerves. We knew each other, and it was a natural next step.


David Cox (Tisch '09) and Raebekah Jean Cox (Tisch '09)

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Wedding date: September 9, 2012

It became very obvious to the class and professor that we became an item, but we didn’t care. We’ve been together ever since. We’ve been to Barbados, Costa Rica, South Africa, Peru, Berlin, and many other places together. She’s my fellow adventurer and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How NYU played matchmaker:

David: We were both Film and Television Studies majors, and we met in our Dramatic Writing class. Raebekah was the cutest women in class. Little did I know, she thought I was the cutest guy in class. She would wear her BEST looking clothes to that class and I noticed. She even took the seat right next to me. One day I mustered up the courage to say something to her. I complimented her work. After a few more small (more like tiny!) conversations, we hung out together more. We saw The Departed together on our first date (thank you, Martin Scorsese!) and had dinner at Max Brenner across the street. 

Where on campus sparks flew:

721 Broadway will always bring back memories. We used to get snacks during class breaks at a former Au Bon Pain on 8th Street and PSLs at the Starbucks on Broadway and Bond Street. And when all else failed: Third North Dining Hall.

Nostalgic date spot:

Once in a while we still go back to Max Brenner: Chocolate By The Bald Man, where we had our very first date.


Johanna Lacoe (Wagner '08, '13) and Jacob Leos-Urbel (Wagner '12)

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Wedding date: June 3, 2012

I feel so lucky to have shared those wonderful graduate school years in New York City with him and our great group of policy wonk friends. Now we live in San Francisco and have two little girls.
 
How NYU played matchmaker:

Johanna: We met as Ph.D. students at NYU Wagner in 2008, at dinner at a restaurant on MacDougal Street with the other members of our cohort. We were in a cohort of four people, which I think is romantic and not at all lame! 

Where on campus sparks flew:

We used to meet up in Washington Square Park during lunch, taking a break from our research jobs to sit and enjoy being in the middle of New York City.

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

Probably that bench in Washington Square Park!


Evan Eichhorn (Stern '10) and Samantha Tomey (CAS '10)

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Wedding date: October 4, 2015

We were delighted to come back to NYU for midnight photos on the night we were married. I am forever grateful to NYU for bringing us together.
How NYU played matchmaker:

Samantha: We were actually accquaintances as kids growing up in Great Neck, but met again at Bobst library as NYU sophomores. We've been together since our junior year in 2008.

Where on campus sparks flew:

Gould Plaza is our special location because we always used to meet there after Evan's Stern classes—and he also proposed there in August 2014. Our other special location is Third North, where I was an RA. That’s where I lived when we started dating, and we have many happy memories of pizza dinners in my apartment and hanging out in the coffee house.

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

Balthazar! We still go for special occasions and also ate there after Evan proposed.


Christopher J. Gonzalez (CAS '12) and Catherine M. Gonzalez (née Peña) (CAS '12)

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Wedding date: April 17, 2016

How NYU played matchmaker:

Christopher: She was President of LUCHA and I was president of CASA. We both happened to be in the Student Affairs Office the day we met. A mutual friend called me over and asked me to give Catherine a hand with a box of books that she needed to carry to an event. Thus began our love story. We started planning events together and spending more and more time with each other—while she was applying to law school and I was applying to medical school.

Where on campus sparks flew:

The 7th floor of Kimmel was our meeting location and will always be special to us. Catherine also worked at the SRC, and when I first learned this, I came up with things to print every day just to get an chance to see her.

Nostalgic date spot:

Our first date was at La Nacional on 14th Street and 8th Avenue. We returned multiple times since, including on the day we got engaged.


Nicholas Paganelli (CAS '14) and Ezra Plancon (Steinhardt '13)

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Wedding date: June 1, 2019

How NYU played matchmaker:

Nicholas: We met in Mosette Broderick's architecture course in spring 2012. 

Where on campus sparks flew:

The lecture hall where we met—Silver 300, if I remember correctly. I also remember meeting Ezra after work at the Cantor Film Center.

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

Air's Champagne Parlor on MacDougal Street is where we got engaged!


Mei Zhu (CAS '18) and Han Zhang (CAS '18)

 

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Just got engaged this past Christmas!

We had this photo taken at Bobst because we spent so much time there.
How NYU played matchmaker:

Mei: We met in 2015, our sophomore year, through a friend at Stuyvesant Town, and just got engaged this past Christmas! I feel so lucky to have met my significant other at NYU.

Where on campus sparks flew:

During our four years at NYU, we only had one class together—a Texts & Ideas course called "Attachment, Loss, and the Passage of Time." We both really enjoyed how it approached death and life from a multitude of religions, civilizations, and catstrophic events, and so we spent a lot of time in the philsophy building, doing the readings, sharing our opinions, and developing our relationship. 

Nostalgic neighborhood date spot:

The Quantum Leap on Thompson Street! Perfect for casual chatting—plus great vegetarian food and considerate service. 


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