Staten Island guys really do have a sensitive side

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Listen up, ladies of Staten Island.

Searching for a sensitive man? You’re in the right place.

At least according to a survey released by dating site Chemistry.com, which included the apparently thoughtful, tender and perceptive borough in its Top 10 list of places in the nation where women can find a sensitive man.

Staten Island was named No. 10 on the survey, based on Chemistry.com user data.

“I think Staten Island men are sensitive because our mothers raised us right,” said Dennis Carregal, 23, New Dorp. “We were brought up to be respectful, even if sometimes we come off as if we are rough around the edges.”

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—“I have male customers come in daily wanting to discuss their relationship issues, or how they should go about getting a mate,” said William Reischour, 28, co-owner of Next Level Barber Shop, Grant City. ” I tell them go with what they know and to be themselves, regardless of how sensitive they might be perceived.”

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Most of the staff and customers at Next Level Barber shop felt the same about how sensitive Island men can be, their female counterparts and neighbors at George’s Twisted Sisters Salon, Grant City agreed.

“You would be surprised, the origin of their sensitivity is more based on how they were taught to be by their parents,” said Dawn Bartromo, New Dorp. “Today’s men are not like those of the past, many are passive and more needing of attention, not complaining sometimes it is nice to watch a movie or engage in deep conversations.”

I think the tides are turning, as men are not more moody, flocking to drama and becoming more gossipy than women,” said Melissa Gerbino, Eltingville. “I contribute it to the popularization of social media and reality shows.”

Pompano Beach, Fla., finished first, followed by Roanoke, Va., in second and West Hollywood, Calif., in third. The rest of the Top 10 included Nashville, Tenn., fourth; Buffalo, N.Y., fifth; Sarasota, Fla., sixth; Greenville, S.C., seventh; Wilmington, N.C., eighth, and Indianapolis, Ind., ninth.

“These 10 cities are packed with a certain kind of man, what I call BUILDERS,” said Dr. Helen Fisher, chief scientific adviser to Chemistry.com. “They deeply value loyalty, duty, respectability and proper moral conduct and go way out of their way to keep their social relationships running smoothly.

“So they watch, listen and gauge what they need to do to help others and they do it naturally. It’s these chivalrous qualities that make a sensitive man.”

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