New York City is for Lovers: How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC
New York City is an amazing place any time of the year. Most people think about visiting during the December holidays because of Rockefeller Center and, of course, ringing in the New Year in Times Square. If you’re a romantic, however, and I’m sure many of you are, you should know that NYC is also very special around Valentine’s Day. I know we New Yorkers come across as rough and gruff, but we’re softies at heart when it comes to the ones we love, and you will impress your sweetie to no end by celebrating Cupid’s special day with them in the Big Apple, whether you’re a tourist or a local. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC, and here are some suggestions for you and your significant other.
Central Park Carriage Ride
Do this while you still can, as Mayor Bill de Blasio has been petitioning hard to ban this NYC tradition. There are few things more romantic than taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the magnificent Central Park. You can do this during the day or at night, which might prove to be more romantic as you will need to cuddle to stay warm.
Kiss Up High
You’ve seen all of the romantic movies where couples kiss on the top of the Empire State Building, and this really is an NYC Valentine’s Day must-do. Once you’ve smooched atop the ESB, head over to Rockefeller Center’s observation deck and steal another romantic kiss. You can also share a smooch on the Brooklyn Bridge. All are NYC Valentine’s Day traditions.
Take a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise
Naturally, you’ll be smooching throughout the day and evening, but you also need to eat, and one of the favorite things to do in NYC on Valentine’s Day is to take a Valentine’s Day Cruise. This dinner cruise will take you along all of NYC’s skyline for three hours and serve you and your loved one an unforgettable four-course romantic dinner.
One if By Land, Two if By Sea
If you prefer to remain on land yet still want to impress your Valentine’s Day date with an amazing meal, book a reservation at the restaurant dubbed New York’s most romantic. One if By Land, Two if By Sea offers its diners incredible food and the perfect ambiance to pop the question, including a warm fireplace and a serenade by the pianist at the baby grand.
Spice it Up
It is Valentine’s Day, and you and your partner can get a little naughty by exploring New York City’s decadent side. First, spend some time learning about the history of sex at the Museum of Sex, or MoSex, as we locals call it. You can also visit the New York School of Burlesque to see why more is actually, well, more, when it comes to the age-old seductive form of dance.
For Singles, Too
One thing NYC does not do is leave singles at home sulking in front of their TVs with a pint of ice cream on Valentine’s Day. There is plenty for singles to enjoy on Feb. 14 as well, including the Power Ballads Sing-Along at Union Hall (that’s just fun no matter how you slice it) and the Anti-Valentine’s-Day Party at the Sunburnt Cow for you rebels.
As you can see, it doesn’t matter if you’re married, dating, getting ready to propose, or single on Valentine’s Day in NYC. There are plenty of romantic and single activities. New York City is a great city all year round, which is why so many people come to visit and why it is one of the most filmed cities in the world. We have it all in the Big Apple, and that includes stuff for you romantics to celebrate a special day with your Valentine and for you singles to ensure that you don’t feel left out.