Hey guys, I'm 23. I've recently moved to NYC and have been trying approaches to girls up here (manhattan specifically). I'm late to the game, and I'm still learning. I'm what you'd call a "late bloomer". I'm a fan of Simple Pickup, so I've been using a variant of their direct openers. For example, I'll say "hey, do you like x movie?" Or "do you know where x restaurant is?"quickly following up with "just kidding I actually thought you were cute and wanted to say hi." The times I've tried this have usually been in the street, both at night and day (usually week days). So far only one girl responded positively (out of 5 or so) and she never replied to my text or call. The others either sai "no thanks" or "sorry" or laughed a bit and said they had to go back to work and zipped off.
So how does one go about pick up in NYC? I'm not big into bars/clubs but I'm starting to think that where I have to go. I've so far preferred public settings, but I haven't had much luck yet. I'm starting to wonder if the Simple Pickup method isn't the best approach in NYC at least in public where people have shields up, are in a hurry, etc. Cali seems much more chill/open. Some cases the girls immediately respond positively when the PUA has barely even done anything.
Thoughts? Techniques? Locations?