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Last Wednesday night, Ms. Lijek opened most of her conversations with potential roommates talking about her cats. Right after exchanging pleasantries, Ms. Lijek revealed she is the proud owner of two domestic short hairs named Goobert and Lenny—both former strays.

People love cats or they hate them," she said. Lijek, 26 years old, was at an event called speed roommating, hunting for someone to share the rent and utilities with after deciding to quit her day job—and give up her pricey one-bedroom apartment—to pursue her dream of being a comedian. Speed roommating borrows the concept of speed dating and applies it to one of New York City's most perilous and frustrating activities. The organizers, from roommate search website SpareRoom. The first few meetings resembled more traditional speed dating, where people sit across from each other for two minutes, then a bell rings, indicating it is time to move on.

About 60 people from New York and New Jersey gathered on the third floor of the Playwright Celtic Pub on Eighth Avenue, mixing and mingling, fortified with cocktails and pictures of empty rooms on their phones. At speed roommating functions, two types of nametags are doled out. A white one means you have a room to rent and includes the neighborhood and the price.

A pink one means you are looking for a room and, again, includes the neighborhood or neighborhoods that you are willing to live in and a range of what you are willing to pay. Today, roommate searches happen mostly online. The appeal of speed roommating is to see if the potential roommates have that critical, immediate connection. He said he would prefer a Christian man.

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