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Only-in-Brooklyn Valentines Ideas: Things to Do Other than Dinner & Chocolate



Valentine's Day dinner is great, and so are red lingerie, heart shaped boxes of chocolate, and Hallmark cards. But if you're bored to tears with standard Valentine's Day fare, then what? Head to Brooklyn. We've uncovered some funny, funky, unusual, low-key things to do. And, you won't spend a bundle of money, either.

1. Sat Feb 1 at Brooklyn Museum (Prospect Hts)

Feeling arty?  Shop the beautiful new collection of Brooklyn-based  designer Lucy Dalton's handmade jewelry: necklaces, earrings, and bracelets radiate refined simplicity and casual elegance.

Or, get Wikipedia straight! Join in the  Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Project Continua Brooklyn meet-up of the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Read more.
Details: Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway

2. Thurs Feb 13: Dance at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Prospect Heights)

From the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens:

Embrace the bittersweet nature of love with an ’80s-style prom for happy couples, bitter exes, and everyone in between! Squeeze into your fuchsia prom dress or your pale blue tux, spray your hair big, and dance to live music by the ’80s cover band supreme, White Wedding. Local Brooklyn bitters producer Hella Bitter will craft a totally awesome signature cocktail with Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Not sure the BBG knows how to throw a party? Think again. Read this review a BBG shindig.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014.7–9 p.m.
  • VIP Reception: 6–7 p.m
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden,1000 Washington Avenue near the Brooklyn Museum
  • Website

3. Fri Feb 14: Galapagos Vegas-style Cabaret (DUMBO)

There's nothing else like this long-running favorite in Brooklyn — including the indoor lake. Go with a date or a group of pals to the Floating Kabarette, Valentine’s Edition, a vaguely Vegas-y show that piles on special effects plus trapeze, burlesque, chanteurs, chanteuses, cabaret and variety. .
Details:16 Main Street, DUMBO.Doors open 9:30; show at 10:30. Admission is $22. For reservations, contact Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO.

4. Fri Feb 14: Love Stories, NY Transit Museum (D'ntown)

Launched in 2010, this hilarious annual Valentine's party for three hundred or so "underground" types will take place at the NY Transit Museum.Stories submitted about love matches made in transit will be read.

Details: NY Transit Museum (Brooklyn) downstairs at the corner of Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn Streets. From 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.   $15 ($10 for Museum Members), refreshments by Brooklyn Brewery, and the gift shop will be open, too. 

5. Fri Feb 14: Valentine’s Day Classic Movie at BAM (Fort Greene)

BAM rarely serves dinner with its movies, but this Valentine's Day they're making an exception. The Rose Cinemas will be hosting two showings of the 1940s classic black-and-white flick The Lady Eve on Valentine's Day.

Details: Feb 14 is at 6:30 P.M (no dinner). 8:30 P.M. Reserve in advance  BAM Rose Cinemas. 30 Lafayette Avenue. (718) 636-4100

6. Sat Feb 15: BAMCafe Soulfolk (Ft Greene)

If you want to carry the Valentine's vibe through the weekend, come to BAM for some sultry music courtesy of the Soulfolk Experience:

Nominated “Best Band in Brooklyn” by WNYC in 2011, this trio of specializes in sultry, mellow soul. Comprising Maritri Garrett, David Pilgrim, and V. Soulfolk Experience’s members have worked with artists like Barbra Streisand, Paula Abdul, and the Indigo Girls.  

Details: BAMcafé. Brooklyn Academy of Music. 30 Lafayette Avenue. No cover, no admission. Happy Hour 6-8 P.M. Music at 9 P.M.


7. Only If You're in the Know: 50th Wedding Anniversaries

You wouldn't think this could really happen outside a reality TV show, but for years, oldster couples celebrating their 50th anniversaries used to be feted by former Borough President Marty Markowitz at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin. Some couples renewed their wedding vows and took a spin around the dance floor. This event is mostly for the celebrants, but it's too wonderfully old-Brooklyn corny not to mention. Rumor has it that this year it might be held in Borough Hall, but it's by invitation only.

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