The best Valentine’s events in Brooklyn

The best Valentine’s events in Brooklyn
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

Cupid is as Cupid does.

Saint Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you’ll want to have a plan for the most romantic day of the year, whether you spend it with your someone special or all by yourself. Either way, we’ve got you covered with the hottest events around the borough.

Classic date night

Nothing screams romance more than the 1972 cult classic “Harold and Maude,” about a suicidal young man and his blossoming friendship a 79-year-old woman? So have a pre-Valentine’s date at Videology, where you can enjoy the romantic comedy, along with a glass of prosecco and a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Videology [308 Bedford Ave. at S. First Street in Williamsburg, (718) 782–3468, www.videology.info] Feb. 12 at 6 pm and 8 pm. $25.

Kids’ stuff

Feeling down in the dumps about love this year? Get the hottest tips on love and romance from two experts: 6-year-old Dr. Bubbles (Holly Marjorie Bubbles Hook) and 7-year-old Dr. Lopez (Ximena Garcia Lopez), who will be on hand at Pete’s Candy Store on Feb. 14 to offer their combined 13 years of expertise in the field. According to Dr. Bubbles, romance is not nearly as complicated as people make it.

“Love is fun and good,” said Dr. Bubbles. “People should try and love each other as much as they can.”

Dr. Lopez and Dr. Bubbles on Love! at Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. between Richardson and Frost streets in Williamsburg, www.petescandystore.com]. Feb. 14 at 7 pm. Free.

Red rooms

Put on something red and sexy and head to Bushwick’s House of Yes for a kinky dinner and dance during the most romantic night of the year. The pre-dance dinner includes an “erotic fairy-tale themed three-course meal,” with wine, live music, and saucy aerial performers. After dinner, you and your partner can explore the venue’s bondage kink space, the rooftop hot tub, and get tantric massages. And whether your are single, in a two-some, a threesome, or come with a whole posse, you can join the costume-mandatory “Story of Red” dance party starting at 10 pm.

Valentine’s Day: The Story of Red at House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick, www.houseofyes.org) Feb. 14. Dinner at 7 pm, dance party 10 pm–4 am. $40–$300.

Book of love

Smart is sexy, so literature lovers should head to the Brooklyn Historical Society, which joins the Franklin Park Reading Series for a discussion of writing and romance with two of the city’s hottest book-nerd couples: Brooklyn authors Isaac Fitzgerald and Alice Sola Kim, and writers Brendan Kiely and Jessie Chaffee.

Literary Couples: A Valentine’s Day Reading and Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St. between Henry and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, www.brooklynhistory.org) Feb. 14 at 7 pm. Free.

Eat your heart out

The best Valentine’s Day present is chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate — with some cheesecake on the side! So reserve the most romantic night of the year for Junior’s Restaurant — the Brooklyn institution will offer special heart-shaped cheesecakes on Feb. 14, along with Valentine’s Day cupcakes and layer cakes.

Junior’s Sweetheart-Shaped Cheesecakes at Junior’s Restaurant [386 Flatbush Ave. at Dekalb Avenue Downtown, www.juniorscheesecake.com]. Feb. 14, 6:30 am–midnight.

Love and marriage

What better time to get hitched than Valentine’s Day? Head to Coney Island to recite your vows, officiated by unofficial mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun! The $100 ceremony on the sideshow stage will be followed by a freaky reception show. Princess Pat Muko’s “Seventh Annual Valentine’s Day for Lovers and Losers: An Exotic Burlesque, Sideshow, Freakshow” will featuring a short play with colorful and exotic costumes and a series of sexy and death-defying acts. And if you come alone, there’s still time to find love at the Freak Bar!

Valentine Day for Lovers and Losers: An Exotic Burlesque, Sideshow, Freakshow at Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street in Coney Island, www.coneyisland.com]. Feb. 14 at 9 pm. $20 ($15 in advance). $100 weddings (contact dzigu[email protected]eyisland.com).

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Sexy in red: Bushwick’s House of Yes will host a Valentine’s Day dinner with aerielists overhead, followd by the “Story of Red” dance party, where red costumes are mandatory.
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