CELEBRATE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY IN ROMANTIC NEW YORK CITY

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CELEBRATE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY IN
ROMANTIC NEW YORK CITY

—NYC & Company Highlights Hotels, Shopping, Attractions, Dining and More to Enjoy Across the Five Boroughs this February —

New York City (February 3, 2017) — NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, encourages visitors and locals to enjoy romantic experiences in New York City this February for Valentine’s Day. From chocolate tours in Brooklyn, to cocktails 1,776 feet in the air at One World Observatory, to personalized valentine cards at Tiffany & Co., there’s something for everyone to love across the five boroughs.

“New York City is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, especially on Valentine’s Day,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “Whether ice skating at one of the City’s spectacular rinks, toasting with champagne in a glamorous bar, or indulging in a meal in one of our world-class restaurants, the City offers endless possibilities for enjoyment and romance.”

Highlights of Valentine’s Day experiences across the five boroughs are listed below, and for more information of how to celebrate, visit nycgo.com.

Hotels:

With a wide variety of hotels in the five boroughs, visitors (and New Yorkers looking for a stay-cation) can enjoy romantic hotel packages, including:

The Chatwal New York’s “A Celebration of Love Package” features not only luxurious accommodations, champagne and chocolates, but also breakfast in bed curated by celebrated Chef Geoffrey Zacharian and complimentary use of the Mercedes Benz House Car. (thechatwalny.com).

A romantic stay at the Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan is now on sale. Guests will save 20% each night and enjoy a $40 dining credit good at any hotel restaurant and on room service. Mention offer code “WINTR” when booking. (newyork.grand.hyatt.com).

For an overnight outside of Manhattan, the Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island is offering a “Romantic Overnight Getaway” package. Alongside overnight accommodations, guests will enjoy in-room champagne and a breakfast at the on-property restaurant, Lorenzo’s. (hiltongardeninn.com).

At the Hotel Plaza Athénée on the Upper East Side, celebrate Valentine’s Day all February. When booking a King Room, guests will enjoy complimentary glasses of champagne, chocolate strawberries, in-room breakfast, and a late check-out. (plaza-athenee.com).

If you’re feeling just the slightest bit mischievous, check out the Hudson Hotel’s Sex and the City-inspired “Samantha Package” which includes complimentary cosmos from the Library Bar and an assortment of chocolates and more. (morganshotelgroup.com).

Guests who book the “Lucky in Love Package” at the Peninsula New York will receive a red envelope upon arrival containing a certificate for the chance to win a number of lucky prizes to be redeemed throughout their stay. From champagne at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, to an upgrade to a specialty suite, the possibilities are endless. (newyork.peninsula.com)

The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has options for all this Valentine’s Day. For a romantic dinner for two, enjoy southern-Italian fare at the hotel’s restaurant, Leuca. Guests can make their way upstairs to the rooftop bar, Westlight, which is offering a special three course meal for couples at a rate of $195, along with sweeping panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the perfect intimate setting. (thewilliamvale.com).

For the best available rates, visit nycgo.com/hotels and reserve through NYC & Company’s exclusive hotel booking partner, Booking.com.

Shopping:

No visit to New York City is complete without a stroll on the iconic shopping rows of Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, with classic stores including Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Gucci and Tiffany & Co.

At the flagship store on 57th Street and 5th Avenue, Tiffany & Co. will host a calligrapher to design custom valentines for shoppers during store hours on February 11 and 12 to be paired alongside a beautiful rose from the Tiffany flower shop. A master hand engraver will also be on site to personalize any Tiffany gift. (tiffany.com).

Recent store openings in the area include:

Italian high-end men’s fashion brand Brioni recently opened its new flagship store on Madison Avenue and 62nd Street. The ground floor features tailored clothing, sportswear and accessories, while the second level is home to the brand’s famed custom suiting. (brioni.com).

The Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion jewelry salon recently reopened its doors on 5th Avenue after a two-and-a-half-year renovation. Featuring a new Princess Grace Salon on its second level and a new home for its bridal and diamond collections, the flagship salon is housed in a 1917 landmark mansion. (cartier.com).

Visit Coach’s New York City flagship location on 5th Avenue that features an immersive retail experience that showcases the brand’s latest creativity in handbags and garments and even has an on-site leather artisan, as well as luxury leather repair and cleaning services. (coach.com).

Dining:

Take that special someone on A Slice Of Brooklyn’s Chocolate tour and enjoy samples from four of the most exclusive chocolatiers in Brooklyn, including a visit to a chocolate factory showing the process from bean to bar. Enjoy a stop at Valentino Pier for one of the most amazing views of the Statue of Liberty anywhere in NYC. (asliceofbrooklyn.com).

One World Observatory will celebrate love from 1,776 feet, offering swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day options for couples and singles alike. The Observatory will offer two packages: the “Cheers! Package” which includes admission for two and two drinks, and the “Dream Date Package” including admission for two, two glasses of champagne and dessert. These specials will be available beginning on February 10 through February 19. (oneworldobservatory.com).

Park and Make Out is a romantic, hands-on culinary experience at the Park South Hotel in Kips Bay. The package includes a pasta-making class at Covina, along with a $100 credit for couples to use toward either dinner of their choice on property at Covina or o ya. Lovebirds can also sip on cocktails fireside in the hotel’s library before winding down for the night. (parksouthhotel.com).

Culture:

From a Broadway performance in Midtown, Manhattan, to a panorama of the City at the Queens Museum, there are plenty of attractions, performing arts and culture to experience during a Valentine’s Day outing:

Couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day aboard the sophisticated and elegant Bateaux New York or lively and energetic Spirit of New York. Departing year-round from Chelsea Piers, the dining and sightseeing cruises float along the Hudson past New York’s iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Accompanied by buffet-style or plated three-course creative cuisine and live entertainment, couples are greeted with a complimentary champagne toast and roses. (bateauxnewyork.com, spiritcruises.com).

Head over to the Bronx Zoo for their Name-a-Roach program - a light-hearted way to make sure your loved one knows your feelings will last a lifetime. Since 2011, thousands of hopeless romantics from around the world have named real live Madagascar hissing cockroaches after loved ones, or not-so-loved ones. (bronxzoo.com).

During Valentine’s Week, get caught up in iconic love stories at the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan with performances of Carmen (February 15th) and the season premiere of Werther (February 16th). (metopera.org).

On February 11 and 12, stroll through the expansive Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden and talk to guides on hand about the aphrodisiac plants found at the Garden. There will also be expert-led chocolate discussions and tastings as well as a pop-up bar in the warmth of the Conservatory. (nybg.org).

See all of NYC at once by visiting the Queens Museum and their Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs that depicts every building built before 1992 (with a few modifications since). Conceived by Robert Moses and created for the 1964 World’s Fair, the display is the largest architectural model in the world, with 895,000 tiny buildings. You can even buy your Valentine their own NYC “real estate” with the Museum’s Adopt-a-Building program. For as little as $50, buildings on the panorama can be “purchased” with property owners receiving a deed for their donation. (queensmuseum.org).

On Valentine’s evening, experience an unforgettable view of the night sky and hear some stellar romance stories from the ancient past at the Romance Under the Stars soiree at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium. (amnh.org).

Get lost in the dance with the sweeping luxurious celebration of romance and fantasy that is New York City Ballet’s rendition of The Sleeping Beauty at the David H. Koch Theater from February 8-19. Or go more modern with the return of the Martha Graham Dance Company to the Joyce Theater from February 14– 26. (nycballet.com, joyce.org).

Try and outrun Cupid’s arrow on a Valentine’s Day 5k on the shorelines of Staten Island’s scenic Conference House Park. Taking place February 11, enjoy running the 265-acre park at the southernmost point of the borough– and the state of New York itself. (completerace.com).

It’s all puppy love with The Westminster Dog Show on February 13 & 14. Spectators can watch this long-running competition, with several categories in agility training including Best in Breed that takes place at Piers 92/94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway) and Madison Square Garden (West 33rd St. & 7th Ave.). (westminsterkennelclub.org).

On Valentine’s Day, head to the famed “Red Steps” in Times Square to watch couples showcase their love at Duffy Square with live surprise proposals, wedding ceremonies and vow renewals, and keep a lookout for the We Were Strangers Once Too, a public data heart sculpture highlighting the role that immigrants have played in the founding, development, and continued vibrancy of New York City. The heart will be up from February 7-March 5. (timessquarenyc.org).

In addition, more information on winter travel can be found at nycgo.com/winter.

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official destination marketing organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For all there is to do and see in New York City, visit nycgo.com.

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Contact: NYC & Company / Christopher Heywood 212-484-1270
Kim Klein 212-484-1270