City Pulse

By Dayna Sason

These days, single ladies are shouting out their statuses more loudly than ever – heck, Beyoncé even gave us our very own anthem to dance to! So, if you find yourself dateless this Sunday, put down the tabloid magazines, step away from the chocolate, turn off the Celine Dion tunes and appreciate the fact that you won’t have to spend the day pretending to like action movies and football. Try something on our list instead.

Hang with Mother Nature (She’s Single Too!)

If you’re an early riser, then head to Central Park for a free Valentine’s Day Poetry Hike to some of the most beautiful spots around the park. Feel free to bring your favorite poem to share during breaks, or just listen in while others read theirs. You’ll get some fresh air, work those muscles, and start your day feeling energized and at one with the world around you.

Starts at 11:00am at Belvedere Castle (79th St.)

How about some burlesque with that brunch?

If the idea of getting up early to * shudder * exercise doesn’t work for you, then head to the High Line Ballroom for an unconventional twist on a favorite Sunday morning pastime. For $25, you can watch some of the best burlesque dancers from around the world do their thing at the Filthy Glorious Burlesque: A Valentine’s Day Brunch while you load up on eggs and mimosas.

Doors open at 12:30pm, show starts at 1pm. Check out http://www.highlineballroom.com for more info.

Get your spook on.

This Valentine’s Day, forget the Boy-Meets-Girl sappy movies and go for something more gore instead. Grab a friend (you’re going to need someone to scream with) and check out Benicio Del Toro in the highly anticipated remake of The Wolfman. Or, if you think you can handle it, head to Blood Manor for a holiday themed haunted house featuring enough blood spattered scenes of love run amok to make you glad that you don’t have a valentine.

Blood Manor 542 W 27th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves; visit http://www.bloodmanor.com for more info.

Mixers are for more than just drinks.

If you just can’t handle the idea of spending the day dateless, then take matters into your own hands! Sign up for one of the many singles mixers taking place all over the city, such as the Be My Valentine Bash speed dating event at Lucky Strike ($49; http://www.speednydating.com), Southern Hospitality’s Valentine’s Day Singles Ball (free entrance, $45 for open bar; http://www.southernhospitalitybbq.com), or, my personal favorite: The Bell House’s Pajama Party Meat Up in Brooklyn (2/11, $12 adv. Tickets, $7 at the door after 10pm; http://www.thebellhousenyc.com) where if you buy your ticket in advance and show up in your PJs, they’ll match you with your one true love (at least for the evening).

So regardless of what you end up doing this Valentine’s Day, if you’re single, just remember that you would have been the better half anyways.

Originally published February 2010
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