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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Yorkers Rally to Help Online Romeo

NEW YORK -- A tale of online love inspired usually cynical New Yorkers last week to help a young man find the girl of his dreams after he spotted her on a crowded subway train.

For web designer Patrick Moberg, 21, from Brooklyn, it was love at first sight when he locked eyes with a rosy-cheeked woman while riding in Manhattan on the night of Nov. 4. She was writing in her journal.

The train was so full that he lost her in the crowd when they both got off, so he set up a web site dedicated to finding the mystery woman -- Nygirlofmydreams.com. He drew a picture of the girl, who was wearing blue shorts, blue tights, and a red flower in her hair, and posted his cell phone number, e-mail address and an appeal for help. It worked.

Within hours Moberg's inbox was overflowing with e-mails and his phone ringing nonstop. On Tuesday night a friend of the woman contacted him and sent him a picture so he could confirm her identity. "Found Her! Seriously!" a notice on his web site said. "We've been put in touch with one another and we'll see what happens."

The mysterious subway brunette was identified Thursday as Camille Hayton, an intern at magazine BlackBook from Melbourne, Australia, who also lives in Brooklyn. "This is crazy. I can't believe it's happening," Hayton, 22, told the New York Post.

Moberg said he now wants some privacy. "Unlike all the romantic comedies and bad pop songs, you'll have to make up your own ending for this," he wrote.