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Top 5 lovely ways to spend Valentine’s Day this year

Posted on February 10, 2014 | by Ilona Tuominen


Regardless of relationship status, everyone deserves to have a good time on Valentine’s Day. Whether you are single, in a committed relationship or somewhere in between, New York City offers many entertaining activities to do other than eating conversation hearts and watching “The Notebook.” Treat yourself on Feb. 14 with one of these exciting options.

Singles comedy show

Valentine’s Day is not exactly the most serious of holidays, but it can definitely be a time for you to appreciate the people you love and enjoy being around. Amp up the positive energy with “The Rejection Show,” a stand-up comedy show hosted by former “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” blogger Jon Friedman. Bring a friend and spend your night laughing. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at 622 DeGraw St. in Brooklyn. Tickets cost $12, or $10 if bought in advance.

French films for the romantics

The Paris Theatre is a single-screen movie theater specializing in foreign — although mainly French — and independent films. For the couple looking for a different film experience, The Paris Theatre is for you. Currently, the playhouse is screening the British film “Philomena.” The theater is located at 4 W. 58th St. Tickets cost $14.

Relax with friends (and Beyoncé)

Organize a shameless slumber party with your roommates, floormates or classmates. Cook a meal from scratch as a team and lay out a nice dinner for your closest friends. Blast music and dance to Beyoncé’s “Flawless” as you lather on homemade facials. Let loose, make yourself look silly and embrace the insanity.

Mary Lambert concert

For a pricier option, Mary Lambert, the singer of the hit single “She Keeps Me Warm,” will perform at SubCulture in the East Village. The concert kicks off at 10:30 p.m. and is located at 45 Bleecker St. Tickets start at $25, but with $50 VIP tickets you receive front-row seats and a cocktail hour with Lambert.

Low-maintenance day to yourself

You don’t have to go out on Valentine’s Day, and there is no need for sappy romantic expectations. Take a break from your busy schedule and turn Feb. 14 into a stress-free day. Rack up the points by ordering in your favorite take-out and finding a movie on Netflix. Read a book for pleasure or get artistic with some serious nail art. Take a breather and love yourself this Valentine’s Day.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 10 print edition. Ilona Tuominen is a staff writer. Email her at


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