I'm guessing none of these "nerds" would be caught dead playing D&D, reading Legion of Superheroes, or debating the series finale of Battlestar Galactica.
Best Place to Spot Cute Nerds New York 2009 - Blackbird Parlour - CLOSED
The Blackbird Parlour, open only about a year, filled a certain niche that was missing in the Bedford Avenue Williamsburg scene. The saloonish café has a European flair, the teas and sandwiches are ridiculously overpriced, and yet, for whatever reason, lone, attractive nerds frequent the place. A lot. Could it be that these greasy-haired guys have an acquired taste for Brie and raw-beet salad? They flock to this sort of luxurious hangout as if it were the YMCA for V-neck, skinny-jean-wearing boys. And although the service is somewhat slow (the servers seem a lot more interested in how they look than in getting you a cup of tea), the place is packed—particularly on evenings—with nerdy men surrounded by books, laptops, and notepads, and all wearing the same pensive look. Hot.
When did "nerd" start to be just another word for "hipster?" "V-neck, skinny-jean-wearing boys" is not a description of a nerd. Nerds are socially awkward, talented in maths and sciences and do not dress fashionably. One can argue whether that is a pejorative or not, but I doubt many would disagree with the definition.