For the first time in two years, lovers will be able to have a somewhat normal Valentine’s Day in Brooklyn — officially free to kiss in the aisles of the supermarket, on the treadmill at the gym or in a row at the movie theatre (all depending on the rules of your local businesses’, of course!).

And as our daily activities start to regain some sense of normalcy, so to do events in Brooklyn. Restaurants are back at full capacity, unlike last Valentine’s Day’s 25% limit, and activities abound as we start to exit these cooler months.

Whether you’re spending this Monday with friends, family, or having some quality me-time, we’ve rounded up some activities that are sure to please. And of course, you can never go wrong with flowers and a bottle of wine, with take-out and a movie.

6 things to do with your boo (or bff) this Valentine’s Day:

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Downtown Brooklyn. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has created a full itinerary for a romantic (and jam packed) day to enjoy with a loved one or alone. Start with a coffee and snack at Devoción and pick up a Devoción x LA Burdick Valentine’s gift set. Then, if kids are in tow, drop them off at CAMP’s Date Night Drop-off Party, where they will enjoy action-packed hours of organized activities and playtime, including Valentine-themed craft, pizza, play time, story time, and a show to unwind at the end of the night. Reserve your tickets here. From there, head on over to Las Santa’s and enjoy high-quality Mexican food, and some Valentine’s Day specials. Then, when you’re full to the brim, burn it all off ice skating at Brooklyn Commons Park. 

Ice skating at Brooklyn Commons.

Head down to Green-Wood Cemetery for the The Happily Never After Tour, which will make various stops around the cemetary, telling the dramatic love stories of prominent New Yorkers. Stories include that of the mother and wife of President Theodore Roosevelt, Martha Bullock and Alice Hathaway, who both died on Feb. 14. and the choir singer Eleanor Mills and Edward Wheeler Hall, the priest, who were accused of being in an affair and later found murdered in 1922. The tour is from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and tickets are $30.

One of the tomb stones on the walking tour. Photo: Supplied.

Looking for something a little more wild? How about getting married at Brooklyn pizzeria L’Industrie! The beloved neighborhood spot will become a pop-up chapel for Valentine’s Day, and is offering an elopement experience which includes an officiant, two pizzas, soft serve and a photographer, all for $600.  And here’s the best part: the officiant, Celine Eid, is a pizza maker at L’Industrie and the pop-up chapel was her idea which owners Nick Baglivo and Massimo Laveglia — always looking for ways to celebrate their diners and employees — eagerly embraced.  CelFor couples who had to postpone their wedding due to COVID (or for the pizza loving, spontaneous types) L’Industrie might just be the wedding venue NYC didn’t know it needed. There are only 14 spots available, so head to OpenTable to book your wedding today. 

Check out the Heart Sculpture in DUMBO at Empire Stores Patio and snap a pic with a loved one courtesy of the Self Portrait Project. On Saturday, there will be of socially distanced activities at the sculpture and free drinks from FEED, and the first 100 people to have their photo taken will get a “DUMBO dollar” worth $14 to spend at participating local stores. There will also be a pop-up maker’s market with unique, vintage and custom goods.

Book a cruise on the Hudson River for you and your special someone (or a group of friends!) with Hornblower NYC. A Valentine’s Day cruise promises an unforgettable evening with dinner, signature cocktails and skyline views, along with DJ entertainment.

Feeling like some romantic hand holding in the back of the movies? Look no further than the Skyline Drive-In movie theater in Greenpoint. Viewers can drive, bike, or walk in for screenings of “Spiderman: No Way Home,” “The Notebook,” and “Valentine’s Day,” all playing at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at just $20 for a guaranteed experience of love in the air.

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