NYCEDC has a Tumblr already? Before I got to pitch it to them and City Planning? I was hoping it could be a productive use of my urban policy masters as well as my social media addiction. While I nurse the pain of my continued freelance existence (though if anyone wants to change that…) the magic of my addiction means I can still add comments for free. For those of us currently in a long term relationship with ourselves, and like the Hold Steady, believe that it burns being broke and it hurts to be heartbroken, here are my suggestions for how to stimulate the economy tonight:
Hecate’s Valentine After Party at Sleep No More: The interactive theatrical blend of Macbeth and Hitchcock’s Rebecca, has been a sleeper hit for months. Groups of rapt theatergoers in masks follow various characters through a maze of warehouses, whose spaces embody forests, hotels, barns, offices, and ornate Victorian mansions, depending on where you turn. The play is as captivating and haunting as reviews suggest, but also upwards of $80. For a slightly less expensive experience, visit after 11pm for a chance to party in the McKittrick Hotel. Hecate, the goddess of crossroads, would like to see you. Also, I would be running to this if I didn’t think I couldn’t afford to work on three hours of sleep tomorrow. It’s worth it for the space alone. Need some pre-party carbo loading? Visit Vezzo, across the street for pizza.
The Rejection Show: Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven: Join comedians, musicians, and writers including Lizz Winstead and Dave Hill for an evening of the best rejection and heartbreak stories from years past, plus live music, and a dance party. Also, pizza. Do you know what will always love you? Pizza. I went two years ago, and Julie Klausner’s story provided the kinds of laughing so hard I snort experiences, which I’m sure were incredibly sexy to everyone sitting near me. Line forms to the left.
City Lights and Live Music at Nitehawk: Chaplin? Live piano? A movie theater in which you can have a cocktail as you watch? I’m always partial to the opportunity to sit in a dark room and watch shiny moving pictures while drinking delicious drinks, but how often do you get all three of the glorious above-mentioned elements? Not enough.
Valentine’s Day in NYC By the Numbers
Valentine’s Day spending in New York City will total approximately $566 million this year. A survey by the National Retail Federation reveals that 60% of adults age 18+ in the Northeast are celebrating the holiday, and that these people will spend $146.30 each, on average.
Not surprisingly, the two most common Valentine’s Day purchases after greeting cards are candy and flowers. Survey respondents in the Northeast said that they planned to spend $22.71 on candy and $38.65 on flowers this year. These two industries combined employ approximately 3,000 people in the City.
Nearly a third of people celebrating plan to have an evening out – and anyone that has tried booking restaurant reservations for Valentine’s Day in NYC will know that tables are scarce and the occasion is used for marked up prix fixe menus. There are plenty of traditional Valentine’s options for dinner in NYC, but there are bargains to be had at, of all places, White Castle.
Photo credit: Malcolm Brown/NYC & Company