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Boro has fair share of cheating hearts

A new survey shows that several Queens neighborhoods lead the city in promiscuity, driving spouses to cheat.
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Suspicious Queens spouses just had a heaping dose of fuel poured onto their dubious flames.

An online dating site has brought to the surface an unpopular consequence for some living in financially affluent areas, naming several spots within the borough as some of the most scandalous in the city.

Promiscuous online dating site ashleymadison.com released a survey naming areas like Forest Hills, Douglaston and Howard Beach as some of the most likely places to find swinging spouses.

The top five cheating ZIP codes included Great Neck, L.I., in first place; Park Slope, Brooklyn, in second; Manhattan’s Upper East Side in third; Forest Hills in fourth; and TriBeCa in Manhattan in fifth. New City in Rockland County ranked sixth, Douglaston seventh, Riverdale in the Bronx eighth, Howard Beach ninth and Garden City, L.I., 10th.

Noel Biderman, CEO of ashleymadison.com, told the New York Post about a trend that appeared to tie richer areas to more membership on the site.

“There seems to be a disproportionate amount of cheating spouses in affluent areas and neighborhoods in New York,” Biderman told the Post.

According to Biderman, the infidelity-driven site compared government census data to the area codes of its members to calculate a percentage. Based on the survey, Great Neck led the pack with at least 3.02 percent of the town’s adult residents as paid members of the site.

Ashleymadison.com, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” matches cheating spouses with one another so they might share in each other’s illicit behavior from its headquarters in Toronto. The site currently has more than 13 million subscribers worldwide with more than 500,000 New York users making up the roughly 9 million nationwide.

In an interview with the Post, Biderman said infidelity could occur across several different demographics and races, noting that commuters to New York City were especially prone to cheating because of wealth.

He said women were more likely to cheat as their success level grows and men were more prone to join the site when they have children.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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