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Alternative Broke-Ass Valentine’s Dates in NYC

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This Valentine’s Day, you want to impress your date, prove to them you have been listening and that you remember what they like. But you gotta do it on a budget. Here are some quick ideas to explore when it comes to planning your weekend.

Fitness Date

Impress your date with your yoga skills (or with the fact that you would try yoga) at the JCC in Manhattan. Saturdays in February (except Feb. 18th) they are offering FREE Yin Yoga classes starting at 7:15pm. Center your mind and body so you can focus the rest of your night on the mind and body of your date as you share wheat grass shots (or whatever other healthy snack you choose to indulge in).
JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave (at 76th St.)
Saturdays 7:15pm

Comedy Date

What better way to guarantee a good time then to get your date laughing? The Upright Citizen Brigade‘s weekly Sunday night ASSSSCAT 3000 is not only known to be hilarious but also to have famous SNL alums and comedians drop in to play along. Hit up the 7:30pm show and try your luck on the stand-by line for the FREE 9:30pm show; two laughs for the price of one. Added bonus: cheap drinks.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
307 West 26th St. (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
Sundays 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Vegan Date

Your date’s so environmentally conscious they won’t even eat animal crackers. Show them your support and take them to the Vegan Valentine’s Shop Up market. Stop by the FREE market on Sunday for vegan treats and environmentally friendly wares. Don’t forget to take your free copy of VegNews magazine so that you can keep updated on all news vegan and impress them all through the year.
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St., Bushwick
Sunday, Feb. 12th, 12-6pm

High Brow Theater Date

Your date moved here from Indiana to pursue the Great White Way. Let them know that you know where it all began: the classics. Playing Moliere, three one-act comedies by Moliere performed by the New York Classical Theatre, will be live at the World Financial Center for FREE. Watch the French playwright’s take on comedy as you debate the proper spelling of theater (or is it theatre?).
WFC Winter Garden
2 Vesey Street
February 4-17th (Open Rehearsals)
February 21-22nd (Previews)
February 23rd – March 11th (Performances)
All Shows 7pm
[Financial District] 

Random Date

Want to bring your date to something kind of random but still interesting and maybe slightly artsy? Okamoto Studio will be turning blocks of ice into works of art from 11am-3pm on Saturday for FREE. There will be family friendly activities and hot chocolate to purchase. Ice and hot chocolate; closest thing to a winter wonderland you may get this winter.
Courtyard of Tavern on the Green
67th Street off Central Park West
Saturday, Feb. 11th,  11am-3pm

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Steph was born and raised in NJ but is in no way affiliated with the Jersey Shore. After getting a degree in Sociology at NYU, she decided to throw it to the wayside to pursue an acting career. She writes and performs sketch comedy at the Magnet Theatre and with the sketch duo FIRECRACKER. Be warned that she will try to make you laugh and hopes you comply. Other interests include scouring Craigslist for money making endeavors, walking her dog, and playing darts.