Valentine’s Day Events

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Breaking News, Our Town Downtown.


From readings in the buff to a cocoa-themed Shabbat dinner, we present the best in V-Day happenings for you and your loved one.

Top Pick
Wednesday, Feb. 15
FREE We’ve Got Mail
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St. (betw. E. Houston & Prince Sts.); housingworks.org; 7 p.m., $5.
An evening like never before for fans of the romantic comedy, including door prizes from Upper West Side landmarks seen in the film, signed children’s books straight out of Kathleen Kelly’s Shop Around the Corner and, of course, an interactive screening of the movie, which will include Mail trivia, ’90s internet nostalgia and even a few dial-up modem screech-alongs. The $5 suggested donation includes a copy of Hanxzine and a raffle ticket.

The Pre-Game
Friday, Feb. 10
Chocolate Shabbat
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St. (betw. Vestry & Desbrosses Sts.), 92Ytribeca.org; 7 p.m., $35 at door.
Celebrate the day of rest, whether you’re looking for a sweet for a sweetheart or you need some comfort for being single. Enjoy tastings, torrid tales and more with a special Shabbat meal created to enhance the unique flavor notes of chocolate and a not-to-be-missed chocolate dessert tasting of four different kinds of chocolate paired with four unique drinks.

The Big Day
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Eco-friendly Cruise (Saturday, Feb. 11 and Tuesday, Feb. 14)
Pier 40, 75 9th Ave. (at W. Houston St.), hornblower.com; boarding begins 6 p.m., $99.
Take your sweetheart on a three-hour dinner cruise around New York Harbor. Each cruise features a four-course seated dinner with gourmet cuisine, entertainment and dancing next to oversized windows with panoramic views. And just because your heart might get broken doesn’t mean you’ll break the environment—the cruise liner, The Hornblower Hybrid, is America’s most eco-friendly luxury vessel.

Relighting Old Flame with New Matches
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92Ytribeca.org, 7 p.m., $12 at door.
“Following his blog instead of him.” “Arranged marriage now sounding pretty good.” “I blame it all on Mad Men.” These succinct tales are a little taste of what is in store at this Six-Word Story show on love and heartbreak. Each performer, including Rachel Shukert and Deborah Copagan Kogan, will begin with six words and tell the true tale behind their mini-memoir. A happy hour that starts at 6 p.m. is sure to help the audience when it’s their turn to share.

Never Sleep Alone
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (at Astor Pl.), joespub.com; 9:30 p.m., $30 and up.
Sexual psychologist and music therapist Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and sociosensual interaction. The provocative and irreverent doctor will dispense sex advice from her new book, Get Laid or Die Trying, sing reimagined pop songs and brilliant originals and lead her audience through a wildly entertaining evening. Willing singles are invited to join Schiller on stage for free champagne and an assisted speed dating session. The night continues with an afterparty, with the secret location being announced at curtain call.

A Love Supreme
Middle Collegiate Church, 50 E. 2nd St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), middlechurch.org; 8 p.m., $15 suggested donation.
Middle Collegiate Church presents John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, long considered some of his greatest work and one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. The music is broadly based on a poem that was printed in the liner notes for the album and will be read at the performance by Jacqueline Lewis.

Love Hurts
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St. (betw. E. Houston & Prince Sts.), housingworks.org; 7 p.m., $8.
Get your pens ready and keep sharpening your memories of heartbreak as the Moth StorySLAM, where true stories are told live, hosts an evening of storytelling about the sadder side of Valentine’s Day. With 10 stories, three teams of judges and one winner, this event always sells out, so arrive early.

Post-Celebration
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Valentine’s Hangover
Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. (betw. 1st Ave. & Ave. A), horsetrade.info; $20.
Nurse that saccharine hangover with Naked Girls Reading NYC and some of New York’s best storytellers, featuring in-the-buff readings of tales of love and lust without the hearts and flowers. It’s the perfect treat for the Valentine who’s still there once the chocolates and champagne are all gone.

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