Book a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at a Manhattan bistro. Or bundle up for a buggy ride through Central Park. From the buzz of Fashion Week to ice skating at Wollman Rink, despite the frigid temperatures there many reasons to take a February break in the New York City.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Chocolates and flowers are nice, but if you really want to wow the special someone in your life, what could be a better than a romantic trip to New York City for Valentine’s Day? There are dozens of romantic destinations for couples to make the most of the chilly weather.
As numerous Hollywood movies and TV shows portray, just walking around the city itself is charming, with Central Park providing some of the best romantic backdrops. Recreate a Sex in the City moment and take a carriage ride through Central Park just like Carrie and Mr. Big did on his last night in the city. Or for a truly classic winter activity, bundle up against the wind and twirl around the Wollman Rink with your better half. Located in the southern portion of Central Park between 62ndand 63rd Streets, this enchanting rink is featured in the classic movie Love Story as well as the John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale flick Serendipity.
After you’ve unlaced your skates, consider strolling hand in hand to the diner Serendipity 3, another setting from this romantic comedy. The New York City landmark’s Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is a wildly popular treat.
Get Caught Up in Fashion Week
The fashion industry in New York City is huge, employing more than 175,000 people. So it’s no surprise that New York’s Fashion Week is a colossal event, turning all eyes on the city as it kicks off a series of international Fashion Weeks including Paris, London and Milan.
New York City Fashion Week, which takes place twice each year in February and September, floods the city with over a quarter of a million attendees. It’s all about fall fashion at the February Fashion Week events, where American designers and some international names send their fall and winter collections down the runways. From Donna Karan to Ralph Lauren, some of the world’s most reknown names will showcase the up and coming trends to thousands to fashion editors, buyers and journalists as well as celebrities and socialites – and of course the paparazzi that follow them! Tourists visiting the city while Fashion Week is taking place can’t help but get caught up in the electrifying buzz; with over 250 fashion events taking place throughout Manhattan everyone including the cab drivers will likely be talking about Anna Wintour and Marc Jacobs.
Inspired to shop by all the fashion buzz? February in the Big Apple is a great time of year to pick up great deals on winter clothing, as many retailers start to discount warmer styles to make way for the spring and summer fashions soon to flood their shelves. Department stores like Macy’s at 34th Street and Broadway and Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue are classic New York City shopping destinations and a perfect place to start the hunt for great sale items.
Visitors travelling to New York City in February should also remember to take advantage of NYC Restaurant Week, where they can enjoy discount prix-fixe menus at dozens of top Manhattan restaurants. Visit www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek for the latest information on this twice-yearly event.
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