Valentine's Day in NYC | Plus things to do February 11 - 18

By: Sarah

It is Valentine’s Day week! In this article, I’m going to share my top suggestions on things to do from February 11 through the 18, including my top picks for Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for a special gift for a loved one, check out my Valentine’s Day gift guide for travel lovers.

Photo by  @ofleatherandlace . See the video we made together on  NYC’s best Instagram spots here .

Photo by @ofleatherandlace. See the video we made together on NYC’s best Instagram spots here.

I am writing this article from Guatemala, where the internet connection is not good. Unfortunately, this means that I will not be able to post this Sunday’s episode of ‘What’s Up New York” and potentially will not be able to post future episodes until we arrive in Colombia in the beginning of March. However, I will continue to write my suggestions on my website to ensure that you have the news about what to do in New York City each week.

valentine’s day suggestions:

Daybreaker’s One Love Party

Date: February 14 from 6a - 9a

Daybreaker is throwing another one of their iconic parties on Valentine’s Day morning! Their parties are unique in that they do not have any alcohol, and are all about acceptance, and love. There will be live performances and a lot of dancing!

Bumble (dating app) will be there handing out necklaces to indicate whether you’re single and looking to date, on the hunt for friendship, or interested in connecting on a business level. You’ll also get a sticker to write your conversation starter (get creative!). Click here to visit their site or buy tickets.

Watch my video featuring Daybreaker below

Valentine's Day Champagne Tasting Cruise

Date: February 14

Book the cruise here.

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your special someone or your close and dear friends on Classic Harbor Line’s Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting Cruise! It is no secret that I adore Classic Harbor Line’s cruises. I think they are all excellent, luxurious, and intimate, which make them the perfect date idea for Valentine’s Day. This year, they are offering a champagne tasting cruise on a luxurious 1920’s inspired yacht.

Please note this image is from their  Brunch Cruise

Please note this image is from their Brunch Cruise

You will be treated to a spectacular variety of Champagnes

  • A champagne crafted cocktail that evokes the golden age of Manhattan

  • An American Blanc de Blanc

  • A Spanish Reserve Cava

  • And a French Champagne

Highlights along the way include:

  • Battery Park, South Street Seaport, One World Trade Center and the Financial District

  • Governor's Island, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

  • Parts of Brooklyn and Queens and the New York City skyline

  • The Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges of the East River

Fashionista  @krity_s . See her experience on a  Classic Harbor Line Cruise here .

Fashionista @krity_s. See her experience on a Classic Harbor Line Cruise here.

Dances of Vice: Heartbreak Hotel Valentine Ball

Date: February 16

Whether you are happily coupled, or hopelessly forlorn, the Heartbreak Hotel opens its doors to lovers far and wide for one night of smoky neon romance with their signature noir twist. Down at the end of Lonely Street, step into a secret world where the sound of lovers’ sighs and slow sin jazz fills the air.

Buy a dream or two at the bar, live your voyeuristic fantasies in their peepshow cabaret—and if you have an appetite for heartache, give yourself to a night of sado-sensual pleasure in our decadent VIP BDSM Parlour in the hotel’s second floor. Click here to get tickets. 


The Winter Blues Cruise

Date: Now - March 30, Saturdays only

Classic Harbor Line just launched a new cruise. This one is their winter blues cruise and will feature a live blues band on board. Cocktails, wine, and beer can be purchased on the 1920’s style luxury yacht.


See the sights of Manhattan in all their glory while the most sultry (and saltiest) of New York harbor Maritime trios, the Sound Waves, melt away those winter time blues! See the statue of liberty, imbibe in their seasonal winter time cocktails (both warm and cold) and have a magical night on the harbor. This band features the Saxophone, Organ and Drums. Click here to buy tickets. 


The McKittrick Hotel Present’s: Valentine’s Dinner

Date: February 14

This special event will be located in their The Club Car. The atmosphere is covered in lavish and romantic decor. There will be live jazz, and a sumptuous three-course meal complete with unlimited beer, wine and bubbly. Click here for tickets.


Valentine’s Day Dinner

OpenTable has created an excellent list of all of the NYC restaurants that are offering special Valentine’s Day specials, set-menus, and treats. To find the best restaurant for you and your loved one click here.



February 11 at 8:15pm

Celebrate Chinese New Year watching the New York City Chinese New Year Fireworks show over the Hudson River visible “from both Midtown Manhattan and New Jersey sides.” Last year it was launched from near Pier 84. Click here for more details.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

February 11 and 12

The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Today, America’s dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 94. More than 3,000 dogs entered from around the world make Westminster Week like no other. Click here for more details.


February 7 - 15

Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week. Though the shows are invite only you can watch them through live streams.


bloody valentine’s weekend

February 14 - 17

Blood Manor opens its doors for a horrifying Bloody Valentine’s Weekend evenings at 163 Varick Street. Click here for more details.



Now through February 24

A New York Times Critics Pick!

For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
Now, they’re thrilled to bring this soaring music-filled work to Broadway. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is an Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Directing is Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad).



Now through March 10

After sell-out runs around the world, THE ILLUSIONIST’S TABLE is back again at The McKittrick Hotel. Performing in The Club Car, the McKittrick’s Scottish pub and dining hall, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven hosts an evening of fine dining and whisky tasting interwoven with illusion, mentalism and storytelling.  Candles flicker. Whisky pours. Conversation stirs. Before the night is over, your thoughts will transcend; mysteries will materialize; and your dreams will be revealed.

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Romance under the stars at the Museum of Natural history

February 14 at 6:30pm and 9:00pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a unique date night in the Hayden Planetarium! Join them for a cocktail hour in the Cullman Hall of the Universe, complete with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and chocolates, accompanied by the music of the Josh Rutner Quartet. Then join Lydia Maria Petrosino and Ted Williams in the Hayden Planetarium for an unforgettable view of the night sky and some stellar romance stories from the ancient past.


Valentine’s Day Tours at the MOMA

February 14 at 7pm and 9pm

Impress your Valentine with an unforgettable evening at The Museum of Modern Art. After the Museum has closed to the public, you'll enjoy a candlelit wine reception before embarking on a private group tour. In the company of a knowledgeable and engaging art historian, you'll explore the exhibition The Long Run. Then, you'll be surrounded by some of our most iconic works, from artists such as Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, and Andy Warhol, as you explore the Museum's collection. Don't miss this chance to spend a romantic evening immersed in timeless art. Click here for more details. 


Brooklyn Museum

February 8–May 12, 2019

Buy timed tickets in advance here

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954.


They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To learn more about Frida Kahlo watch this video.


Now - March 31

This exhibition is on display at The Whitney Museum now through March 31. This exhibition is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. It reconsiders the work of one of the most influential American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. They do tours of this exhibit every day at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.



Watson Adventure’s naked Scavengar hunt



OK, put your clothes back on: it’s the art, not the hunters, that will be naked on this scavenger hunt. If there’s one thing artists throughout history have loved to depict, it’s nudes. But naked is in the eye of the beholder, and you’ll be amazed at the variety of ways nudity has been included or referenced in all kinds of art across the centuries.

On teams, you’ll follow a trail of clues through the galleries to answer tricky questions about the art you discover. You’ll scrutinize paintings, sculptures, sultry sirens, a literally bronzed Adonis, a medieval codpiece, an incontinent cupid, and a randy reveler who’ll make you exclaim, “I never sausage behavior!”

No previous experience with art, or nudity, is required. Get tickets here.

Read my experience at Watson Adventures here.

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