New York, N.Y. - NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, encourages New Yorkers and visitors to share a special Valentine's Day experience in New York City next month. Whether visitors are traveling as a family or hoping to meet their one true love, New York City's five boroughs offer a range of fun and romantic experiences this Valentine's Day.
"The city that never sleeps is an ideal weekend getaway for loved ones and friends on Valentine's Day," said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. "With experiences ranging from extravagant hotel packages and decadent meals, to lighthearted movie tours and 5K races, New York City has something for everyone this Valentine's Day."
Valentine's Day events and activities taking place throughout the five boroughs include:
Carnegie Hall: In a special program of classics from musical theater and the Great American Songbook, Jessye Norman and Mark Markham will mesmerize audiences on February 14 at 8pm with a recital of songs by master music makers including Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter. For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.carnegiehall.org
Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival: This Valentine's Day, visitors can celebrate at Central Park Conservancy's Fourth Annual Ice Festival in Naumburg Bandshell. The event includes ice carving, a photo booth, a Central Park trivia contest, sweet treats and, as night falls, a 1980s-themed silent disco with live DJs. Purchase tickets at www.centralparknyc.org.
NYC Chocolatiers: Between French-style truffles in Manhattan, Austrian treats in Queens and a feast of raw chocolates in Brooklyn, the City is experiencing a chocolate boom. For a comprehensive list of local chocolatiers, visit www.nycgo.com.
Cupid's Chase 5K New York: Community Options, Inc. will hold its Annual Cupid's Chase 5K Run on Saturday, February 14, kicking off at 10am. The race will take place at Hudson River Park‘s Charles Street Pier (enter at Christopher Street). To register, go to www.comop.org.
New York Transit Museum: This February, the New York Transit Museum will welcome all the could-be lovers on our transit system to the Fifth Annual Missed Connections Party, inspired by Craigslist's Missed Connections classifieds. This sexy, fun and subterranean event will kick off at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 11, at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights. To purchase tickets go to www.blackbaudhosting.com.
On Location Tours' Romantic Movie Moments Tour: On the Romantic Movie Moments Tour, a local New York City actor will bring to life some of the most alluring movie locations featured on the big screen, including the bookstore where Harry meets Sally in When Harry Met Sally. For more information, go to www.onlocationtours.com.
Romeo + Juliet at Lincoln Center: Next month, the New York City Ballet performs Romeo + Juliet at Lincoln Center. Shakespeare's immortal tale of tragic love translates into a powerfully moving full-length ballet, with a famed climax that never fails to affect audiences. Performances will take place February 13-22, with tickets available at www.nycballet.com.
St. George Theatre: In Staten Island's St. George, visitors can celebrate with A Valentine's Day Cabaret: Love Songs, Showtunes and Standards, presented by Staten Island's Shakespeare Theatre. Tickets are available at www.stgeorgetheatre.com.
The Rejection Show Valentine's Day Heartbreak Haven: Located in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, the Littlefield venue hosts the cult-favorite comedy series, The Rejection Show, which will regale the audience with an evening of its best breakup, heartbreak and love-related performances. Purchase tickets at www.littlefieldnyc.com.
Valentine's Day at the New York Botanical Garden: In this Valentine's Day workshop at the Bronx's New York Botanical Garden, kids can sample Mayan-inspired hot chocolate and other chocolates from around the world, while learning about living cacao and vanilla plants. Each ticket also includes an All-Garden Pass for a participant and one adult to enjoy access to all of the Botanical Garden's offerings. Tickets can be purchased here: www.nybg.org.
Valentine's Day Lunch Cruise Aboard Spirit's New York Cruise: This Valentine's Day, couples and families can enjoy an all-new lunch buffet by Food Network's Chopped champion and celebrity chef Eric Levine, along with a backdrop of some of New York City's most famous sights. For more information, go to www.entertainmentcruises.com.
Wave Hill: This Valentine's Day, Wave Hill in the Bronx is offering a special cookie-decorating event. Use sanding sugars, cookie icing and a variety of sprinkles to design your own cookies. Fill a box with your creations to show that certain someone how much you love them. More information: www.wavehill.org.
In addition to these events, visitors can also take advantage of several Valentine's Day and romantic-themed hotel packages throughout the City:
Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island:
Visitors can have a romantic overnight getaway at the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island, which are offering an "Eat. Love. Stay" package this Valentine's Day. This deal includes a three-course dinner at Lorenzo's Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret, in-room Champagne, breakfast buffet and a couples massages at Luxe Salon and Spa. To make reservations, go to www.partyeatstay.com.
Loews Regency Hotel: At the Loews Regency Hotel, visitors can impress that special someone with chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of prosecco, complimentary parking and late checkout. For more information, go to www.loewshotels.com.
Paper Factory Hotel: In Long Island City, Queens, visitors can experience the beautiful Paper Factory Hotel this Valentine's Day with an overnight stay and dinner and drinks for two at their Mundo restaurant. For discounted rates, use the promo code VDAY15. To learn more, go to www.paperfactoryhotel.com.
Park Hyatt New York: The recently-opened Park Hyatt New York offers visitors an "I Love You x 57" package in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, which will grant special access to two premier seats for its Valentine's Day performance. The overnight package also includes a couples massage, decadent dinner for two, Champagne tasting with the hotel's sommelier and a personalized pastry class. Additionally, guests can upgrade to stay in the hotel's stunning West Side Suite. For more information, visit www.newyork.park.hyatt.com.
The Peninsula New York: Next month, the Peninsula New York will offer its "Cupid Concierge" weekend package. This all-inclusive stay begins with a delivery of two dozen, long-stemmed red roses and luxury car service for Manhattan-based guests, with a Champagne toast upon check-in to a Grand Luxe Room. The romance continues throughout the weekend with an elegant dinner, a couples massage and breakfast. Go to www.newyork.peninsula.com to learn more.
Sofitel New York: Francophiles can head to the Sofitel New York this Valentine's Day for a "Zou Bisou Bisou" package. The offer includes Champagne and a box of La Maison du Chocolat upon arrival on February 13, breakfast in bed paired with a dozen red roses, an in-room couples massage, and a three-course dinner at Gaby Brasserie Francaise. For more information, visit www.sofitel.com.
Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York: This Valentine's Day, guests can indulge in the Waldorf Astoria New York Guerlain Spa's "Love the One You're With" experience, with two side-by-side massages, an exclusive suite and private steam room along with Champagne and truffles. The weekend comes complete with a Sunday Brunch, featuring gourmet options ranging from caviar to Baked Alaska. Visit www.waldorfnewyork.com.
Z NYC Hotel: The "Single Ladies" package at the Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City, Queens, is perfect for a girls' getaway this Valentine's Day, offering deluxe guest room accommodations overlooking the Manhattan skyline, treatments at the SNOB Nail Salon and pink Champagne. To make reservations and learn more, go to www.zhotelny.com.
About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit www.nycgo.com.
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