curated by Sara Maher
Many countries still associate Valentine’s Day with an actual saint, but the United States isn’t one of them. There’s a way to spoil any sweetheart (or yourself) in one of these activities.
Share A Moment (With SO Many People)
Forget the fancy restaurants and theater tickets – apparently there is “no better place to say ‘I love you’ than Times Square.” If you and your person fancy getting cozy with thousands of other couples (or if you just really, really love watching weddings), Love in Times Square is the place for you this Sunday. Registration has already closed for Surprise Proposals and Weddings in the Square, but you can still crowd onto the red steps of Duffy Square to participate in a mass vow renewal and check out this year’s “heart art” installation, Heart of Hearts (it doubles as a six-room kissing booth – swanky!).There are also special Valentine’s weekend offers from nearby establishments, including Le Bernardin, Dos Caminos, Sephora, and M&M’s World, so you can spend the entire day in the Square.
F downtown to 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center and walk west on 47th to 7th Ave. Sun Feb 14. Surprise Proposals and Weddings in the Square: all day, free to watch. Vow renewal: 6pm in Duffy Square, free but registration required. Info, registration, and details about special offers at timessquarenyc.org/events/valentines-day
Blood and Chocolate
Prefer deep frights over bright lights? Try a Bloody Valentine’s Weekend at Blood Manor. Cling to your “boo” through 5,000 square feet of rooms and corridors “designed to maximize one’s fears.” If you make it out alive, treat yourselves to a shopping spree at Jacques Torres Chocolate (they do a killer hot cocoa).
Blood Manor: F downtown to W 4th St and walk southwest to 163 Varick St. Fri Feb 12-Sat Feb 13 1-11pm and Sun Feb 14 6-10pm. $33.50 each. Not recommended for children under age 14; children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Note: this attraction is meant to be very scary, but you will not be touched by any actors. White or expensive clothing is not recommended. bloodmanor.com Jacques Torres: from Blood Manor, walk northwest to 350 Hudson St. mrchocolate.com
Excuse to Sit in a Dark Theatre
If you can’t quite make it through Blood Manor (no judgment), find the nearest emergency exit and head to the IFC Center. You can try a lower dose of terror with a late-night showing of The Shining, or catch up on obscure Oscar noms – it’s showing all documentary, animated, and live action shorts; France’s Best Foreign Language Film nominee, Mustang; and 45 Years, with Best Actress nominee Charlotte Rampling. If you’re still stuck in the lovey-dovey spirit, there’s a midnight showing of Sixteen Candles on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
F downtown to W 4th St and exit the station toward 3rd St; the theater is at the intersection of Ave of the Americas and 3rd St. Tickets $14 adults, $10 kids and seniors. Showtimes at ifccenter.com
Just Love How You Look
If your one true love is fashion, this year’s New York Fashion Week conveniently runs right over V-day. Start your day like a walk on the runway with free makeup touch-ups and mini manicures from PRIV, then head to one of these unique open-to-the-public shows: SmartGlamour’s Body Positive show includes women’s styles for sizes XXS-6X, and FTL Moda’s The Revolution Continues show features models with Down syndrome and prosthetics.