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Cheap Chick NYC - Cheap and Free Valentine's Day 2011 Guide!

By Cheapchicknyc

What could be more romantic than celebrating Valentine's Day in NYC? I don't know, after all it's where Harry "met" Sally! There were so many great events for both couples and singletons, that I couldn't resist compiling a guide to all that's sweet about romance in the city! Enjoy, Happy Valentine's Day from the Cheap Chick-I *heart* NYC!

Valentine's 2011, NYC Guide!

January 27 to February 28, 2011

What did people do before Hallmark? Find out for yourself at the Merchant’s House Museum’s latest special exhibit, "19th Century Valentines – Confections of Affection," which features homemade cards from the museum’s collection and the earliest mass-produced cards! the Museum is open 12 to 5 p.m., Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundayand is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.The exhibit is included with the regular admission price of $10!

February 5, 2011

I bet Martha Stewart never stopped by your elementary school art class! Today you have the chance to make your own vintage-inspired valentine with staff members from the domestic diva’s magazine! Spend a cozy “crafternoon” making cards at the NYPL. 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:45 p.m.) to 4 p.m., Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street, and Fifth Ave., Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (on the Second Floor, Room 227), free!

February 9, 2011

If you watched Saved by the Bell, you’ll know that Screech and Kelly “cantaloupe, you melon head!” Relive all of those special “awww” and “wooo” moments from your favorite 90’s shows at the "Best of the 90’s Valentine’s Episodes Party." Episodes of Saved by the Bell, Family Matters, Pete & Pete, and Full House will be aired, 90’s trivia will be played, you can compete for the best worse break-up story, play spin the bottle, participate in an on-site dating game, and there may even be some valentine making! 8 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, looks free folks!

February 11, 2011

Get your Geek Love on with Nerd Nite’s Valentine’s edition! Learn to *heart* new takes on subjects including virginity, Thomas Paine, and the art of physical attraction. Speed dating for nerds is on, but alas, sold out. Take heart tho, there are plenty of geeks in the sea to mingle with in-between lectures! 9 p.m., Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, $10!

Go on a Valentine’s Date With Destiny at Housing Works Bookstore with "A Country Camp Mixer" featuring music by Menage a Twang, 7p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., $10!

February 12, 2011

Follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four during Discovery Walking Tour’s Sex and the City Tavern Tour, where you’ll visit all the spots where Carrie and the girls looked for love (and sex!) in the big city! The tour will include bars and other sites associated with the show! 5:15 p.m., $18 (drinks extra), Call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place!

February 12 and 13, 2011

Sample sweets for the Sweet on Discovery Walking Tour’s Valentine’s Weekend Romantic Greenwich Village History and Dessert Tour! Romantic couples of history and literature are the focus of today’s tour with stops at sites including Grove Court, which inspired O. Henry’s setting in The Last Leaf, the Victorian townhouse where Woodrow Wilson proposed to First Lady Edith Galt, and the site of the first presidential wedding. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! 2 p.m. $25 (includes treats), call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place!

February 13, 2011

Those who think Valentine’s Day is vile can attend the “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood V-Day Party” sponsored by BK Hookup! Check out other singles based on geographical location (no “long-distance” Brooklyn/Jersey hook-ups here) and condense many dates into minutes during a speed-dating session. Appropriately enough whoopee pies will be served as are special free Valentine’s-inspired cocktails. There are also beer specials, music, and the chance to win a free membership to How About We? 7 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th St., Tickets are $10 in advance for general admission ($12 at the door), or $20 in advance for general admission and one round of speed dating.

You and your sweetheart can nosh your way through the neighborhoods of Jewish East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown with Big Onion Walking Tour’s special Valentine’s Weekend Multi-ethnic Eating Tour!1 p.m., meet at Southeast corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Olympic Diner. Reservations are required, so email [email protected] with your name, date, and number of people in your party. Big Onion will confirm via email. Cost is $20 and includes food!

February 14, 2011

For dinner and movie on the cheap head to DUMBO for a screening of the 1939 Greta Garbo flick Ninotchka and slices of Grimaldi’s pizza! Doors open at 7:30 p.m., film starts at 8 p.m., Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St., $4 for movie, buy tkts here, and $4 a slice for the pizza!

Celebrate the Anti-Valentine’s Day with readings by Overlook Press poets Kenneth Hart, Donna Masini, Jerry Williams, and David Lehman from the anthology It's Not You, It's Me (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) KGB Bar, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 85 E. 4th St.!

Hear tales of love gone wrong with the “My Ex From Hell” event, featuring a reading from Mischief and Mayhem, no time seems published yet, so check back here or contact the store, Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., free!

February 15, 2011

If you would you love to find a new job in publishing then go to Ed2010’s Valentine’s Happy Hour. Mix and mingle with media professionals and network your way to a job you’d care about! 7 p.m., place TBD, check, for venue announcement, free!

Love and ice skating converge in an outdoor screening of The Cutting Edge, appropriately enough, at CitiPond during Bryant Park’s Winter Film Festival. 6:30 p.m., The Pond at Bryant Park, free!

February 16, 2011

If you love New York, you’ll love hearing stories from Ariel Sabar’s anthology (Heart of the CIty: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York), of couples who met and got married after meeting in the city. 7 p.m., The Strand Bookstore, 12th and Broadway, free!

Plus if none of these events gets your heart thumping, go to for lots of great, cheap Brooklyn date ideas!

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