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6 Cool Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day in NYC

In a city with endless possibilities, you don't have to do the traditional dinner.

This Valentine’s Day our staff put together a list of “out of the box” ideas for people who like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a unique focus– and to discover some hidden “green” gems that the Big Apple has to offer, even in winter.

Attend a Healing Sound Bath

MNDFL is a drop-in meditation studio with locations in Greenwich Village, Williamsburg, and the Upper East Side.

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On February 14th at 7:30 PM, join Nate Martinez for a deeply immersive and meditative sound experience that is sure to bring couples and friends (or even you and yourself!) closer together.

Sound Baths involving lying down with a blanket, pillow, and eye pillow to relax while listening to the soothing sounds of crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, tuning forks, and various highly resonant instruments. This is the perfect setting to support the process of natural healing in the body and mind for 60 minutes.

To book tickets, go here.

Low Line

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Visit The Lowline Lab

The Lowline Lab is a great off-beat date destination for people who are interested in ‘nature meets technology’– it’s also a great place to experience nature on an East Coast February day without getting cold.

The lab is an underground answer to New York City’s High Line that is dedicated to exploring to new forms of urban sustainability. (If you’re interested in that, check out our article on 7 Railways Around The World That Are Now Public Parks.)

After exploring the exhibit, head over to Blue Hill to share a well-made farm-to-table lunch, dinner, or brunch (ideal for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day).

Take a Floral Design Class

Not that we have anything against Valentine’s Day, but our staff tends to prefer the on-the-rise February 13th celebration of Galentine’s Day. If you’re out of the loop, this 6-year-old “Parks and Recreation” legacy is all about leaving the boys at home and celebrating the bonds of sisterhood.

There are a number of floral design classes in the city, but we like anything by the Little Flower School, Putnam & Putnam, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (Check out our list of cool NYC classes here.)

Learning how to create something beautiful for yourself while laughing with your favorite ladies is a day well spent. As Leslie Knope says: “Ovaries before brovaries!”

Ludwig Bemelman Carlyle

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Drinks at Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel

The stunning Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel is a great way to spent Valentine’s Day eve (or any other evening, in fact). Monsieur Valentine will surely enjoy this classic New York institution: Highly-curated cocktails, extraordinary live jazz, and the whimsical illustrations by Ludwig Bemelman that line the walls and lampshades make for a unique atmosphere.

Chocolate Rose Giveaway

Take a Chocolate-Making Class

Tache Chocolate on the Lower East Side offers bespoke chocolate-making classes for people of all ages. What better way to tell someone you love them than with flowers and chocolate you made yourself? Voilà Chocolat on the Upper East Side also offers gourmet chocolate making classes while Raaka Chocolate out in Brooklyn offers chocolate factory tours and tastings that are the perfect off-beat location for a date between chocolate lovers.

Wavehill Conservatory

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Head Upstate to Wave Hill Gardens and Indian Road Cafe

Recent collage graduates in NYC are always looking for exciting and fun adventures that aren’t too expensive.

Take a step back into “old” New York by making a visit to Wave Hill, a 28-acre estate turned public garden and cultural center located along the Hudson in the Bronx. Like something out of a Jane Austen novel, Wave Hill promises sprawling grounds and sweeping expanses of scenic beauty, even in the chilly winter.

Afterwards, stop for drinks at the Indian Road Café, “the last café on the only road,” located in Inwood at “the edge of Manhattan’s last primeval forest”. Indian Road Café envelops guests in local history, offering a menu of fresh, seasonal, Hudson Valley-sourced food and old-timey cocktails. What could be better?

Want to get the most out of your Valentine’s Day flowers? Use them to perform a flower gazing meditation

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