Alternative Valentine’s Day: Skip the Roses and Chocolate, for Cupid’s Sake!

Sarah Berson |

So maybe Valentine’s Day isn’t your favorite holiday. That’s no reason to turn a frosty shoulder on Cupid. In New York City, there are plenty of entertaining options for those less than enamored of V-Day and constant couple canoodling.     

Charge toward love or run from it screaming in terror in the Prospect Park 5K, part of the Freeze and Fuhgeddaboudit series. Flickr/Lab2112

Valentine’s Day 5K

Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Feb. 12, 9 a.m.

Burn off those extra he-loves-me he-loves-me-not chocolate calories with a Valentine’s Day 5K in Prospect Park. Hosted by The Brooklyn Road Runner’s Club, the run, which makes a quick loop through the park, is part of the Freeze & Fuhgeddaboudit series. Entry fees are $25 online, $30 on the day of the race. Too soon for a 5K? Squeeze some training in and hit the 10-miler on Feb. 19!

Moth storySLAMers get five minutes to share their stories of woe and embarrassment to a crowd of sympathetic listeners, because misery loves company and laughter is the best medicine. Photo courtesy of Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

NY Moth StorySLAM: “Love Hurts”

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Manhattan
Feb. 14, 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Do you have a love story of woe? A first date gone horribly wrong? Do you need to air your painful dirty laundry in front of a group of strangers as a sort of cathartic release of agony? Sign up to tell your tale at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe at the NY Moth StorySLAM: Love Hurts event. And if you’d rather hear stories than tell them, you can volunteer to help out or use your discerning sense of taste to judge the competition. $8 at the door.

Juilliard School singers bring their talents to this playful show. Clockwise from top left, soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, mezzo-soprano Liza Forrester, bass-baritone Adrian Rosas, tenor Gennard Lombardozzi, tenor Alex Mansoori, baritone Andrew Garland. Composite photos clockwise from top left by Alexander Vasiljev, Jennifer Creed, Vanessa Rosas, Mike Manning, J & J Photography and Ann Stucki.

“A Modern Person’s Guide to Hooking Up and Breaking Up”

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, Manhattan
Feb. 14 and 16, 8:00 p.m.

The New York Festival of Song presents A Modern Person’s Guide to Hooking Up and Breaking Up, which explores the gamut of emotions felt by those in (and out of) love. Singers belt out accolades and sorrows in this “quirky” show dedicated to the awkwardness and exquisite pains of romance. With scores by composers Loesser, Brel, Kern, Bolcom and Guettel and more, this should be enough to warm you, but if not, the singers from the Juilliard School will at least try to bring you to tears, albeit of laughter, with their antics.

Prizes include two nights at partnering organization The Standard Hotel, a one-year membership to the Creative Council and a signed T-shirt from Milton Glaser, creator of the I Love New York logo. Image courtesy of MyBlockNYC.

Video Valentine Competition

Upload to with #Love_Hate in the description
Contest closes Feb. 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Put your video skills to use with this week with MyBlockNYC‘s, Video Valentine Competition.

Use a video camera and ask people on the street, “What do you love and what do you hate?” Upload the video and tell your friends to “like” it! The more likes, the more likely you are to win.


A video explaining the rules of MyBlockNYC’s video competition and the prizes that participants can win.

Those who purchase trees will get certificates to pass along to commemorate the gift of beauty and fresh air in Prospect Park. Photo courtesy of The Prospect Park Alliance.

Commemorative Valentine’s Tree

Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Place orders until Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. Trees will be planted on April 27.

There is hardly a better metaphor for flourishing love than planting a living legacy, and luckily, the Prospect Park Alliance is hosting a plant-a-tree program in Prospect Park. Trees are $75 for a Woodlands Restoration sapling or $100 for a Communal Arbor Day tree. A certificate will be mailed out for orders placed after Feb. 9. All trees will be planted on April 27 in celebration of Arbor Day. Those who purchase an Arbor Day tree will be invited to the ceremony.

It's a mighty thin line between saving and strangling, an idea that the photographers develop in this show. Image courtesy of the United Photo Industry gallery.

“A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”

United Photo Industries HQ, DUMBO
“Hate” opening reception Feb. 16 6 – 9 p.m. Exhibit runs until Feb. 28.

Happy in love can be rather cliché. Attend a reception to “Hate” at the “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” exhibit at the United Photo Industry in DUMBO. These photos exhibit the nebulous terrain between love and hate, letting you decide. Dedicated to the month of emotionally-conflicted February, this exhibit allows you to explore everything makes you crazy, in both the good and bad ways.

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