A Love Story That Started By Playing ‘Connect 4’ at Dive 75 Leads to an Engagement There Too


Photos by Vlad Leto.

Dive 75 is a small dive bar on 75th Street off of Columbus Avenue. For one couple a romance that started there has come full circle — with an engagement over the weekend. Tyler Nazari told us his love story:

“Two and a half years ago my fiancé, Anthony Borges and I met for the first time at Dive 75. I of course was running late and I remember frantically rushing down to the corner of 75th and Columbus just hoping he would still be there. I didn’t really know what to expect. We had a great night playing board games and getting to know each other. He beat me about 20 times in a row at Connect 4. He thought I was letting him win but in actuality I’m just terrible at board games. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to be the start of an amazing journey together.

When I was thinking of how I wanted to propose I decided that I wanted to re-create that night that started it all. Of course things are a little different right now and with Dive 75 still closed I had to get creative. I ordered a giant life size connect 4 board with our names on it and with some help from some friends decorated the front of the bar with lights.

It was an unforgettable night. I got down on one knee and asked my best friend to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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    1. Lady Di says:

      thank you for a life-affirming story to start my day. in the midst of all the anger and divisiveness we are experiencing, love still saves the day. let’s hope those in the GOP who want to repeal “same sex” marriage protection won’t succeed.

    2. WeaGuy@gmail.com says:

      Great story. I love a creative proposal like this. Best wishes to the happy couple!

    3. book treks says:

      Very cool.

      Read a beach book called “Big Summer” and a viral video was taken at this bar that made the woman a famous influencer.

    4. Linda says:

      Yes, congratulations and best wishes! Love reigns!

    5. Lizzie says:

      Tyler, I’m also terrible at Connect 4. I think it’s rigged! But I’m glad your loss led to your gain of a loving partner. Joy to both of you (and I hope your apartment has room for that giant game).

    6. Karen says:

      item speaks for itself

    7. Kim says:

      Congrats and best wishes on your life journey together1!!!!!!

    8. Leon says:

      Mazel Tov! The world needs more happy stories like this.

    9. ZoomZ says:

      Perfect story of NYC & the UWS in 2020 – the age of Corona.
      Congrats guys. The best is yet to come!

    10. Logan says:

      Congrats, gentlemen! Love is love is love

    11. Parker says:

      Wonderful news! Best wishes to both!

    12. Faith says:

      Good for you both, i’m so happy to see beautiful things like this happening in one’s journey through life. Stay well, be well and enjoy this experience through your life’s. We’re only here for a moment to experience the good and bad, the happiness and sadness to take with you to your next level.

    13. Lily P says:

      Awesome story! Very happy for you!

    14. BMAC says:

      Amazing! My wife and I also had our first date over C4 at Dive 75. What a great story.

    15. Weird That Way says:

      I hate that place–I lived right across the street and the noise it generated, ugh!–but it’s nice to see this wonderful thing happened there.

    16. Happy Mom says:

      Congratulations! Have a wonderful life!

    17. Janice says:

      Mazel Tov!

    18. Kathleen says:

      Happy happiness!! Wishing you many years of love and joy together! Thanks for sharing such joy during these strange times.

    19. Rena says:

      Love the giant Connect 4 board. Congratulations!

    20. fran says:

      Thanks so much for this upbeat and joyful news! Sooooooo helpful these days.
      Abundant good wishes!!

    21. Kat says:

      Congratulations to the couple! My husband and I had our second date at Dive 75 – we played Scrabble. 10 years later he has won 120 times to my 3 or 4.

      For all the single people out there – take note: all the Dive Bars are great date bars!

    22. Larry Lox says:

      Mozel Tov! Wishing a lifetime of love and happiness.

    23. Alfred says:

      This was the best news of my day. Congrats to Tyler and Anthony.

    24. Matt G says:

      I’m literally verklempt to read a joyful story like this amidst all that we have to deal with these days. Mazal tov and thank you for making me smile!

    25. Allison says:

      This is absolutely adorable! Good for these two young people!

      Playing Connect 4 has only ever led to my relationships possibly ending because I am seriously the world’s best Connect 4 player and I beat every person every time.

    26. Ben B says:

      This is adorable. Congrat’s guys!! I love the UWS and I love Gay Marriage!

    27. Ladybug says:

      Congrats to the happy couple! An uplifting story – thank you!

    28. MML says:

      Huge Congrats! This is what keeps us going. This is what is important. Love above all. Cheers to the very lucky couple and to your adventures to come!

    29. Lorene Farnsworth says:

      Congratulations! I hope this will be the start of a wonderful, enriching life together. Thank you for sharing something spirit lifting.

    30. Mary Angela says:

      Love, love, love this! Congratulations!

    31. Ruth Bonnet says:

      This story made my day! How wonderful to see a happy story. Mazletov to the lucky couple.

    32. Bill Falk says:

      Wonderful story, it really made my day. Would love to hear about more similiar occasions.

    33. Stephen says:

      Congratulations, guys! Do you have some amazing friends, and Nora Ephron couldn’t have done a better job setting the scene. And thank you, “West Sider”, for sharing a much-needed uplifting story of love.

    34. Stephen says:

      Congratulations, guys! You have some amazing friends, and Nora Ephron couldn’t have done a better job setting the scene. And thank you, “West Sider”, for sharing a much-needed uplifting story of love.