THE BRONX — From 19th-century parlor music to a hip-hop love story to a graveyard tour, get ready to celebrate love The Bronx way.
DNAinfo.com New York has rounded up the borough's best Valentine's Day-themed events.
Whether you're married with children, a couple of lovebirds or a single Bronxite with low romance-tolerance, you can honor (or curse) Cupid right here in The Bronx.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park
Make it a DIY Valentine’s Day with some family friendly card-crafting at the Victorian Valentine Workshop in this historic mansion inside Pelham Bay Park. Children can learn about the history of Valentine’s cards while creating their own hand-crafted originals.
Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. $8. (In the case of heavy snow, the event will happen on Sunday. Check the website.)
For an amorous evening, return to the mansion on Thursday for a Valentine’s concert by As You Like It, a four-person ensemble that wears period clothes and performs classic songs from past centuries.
If the music isn’t enough to set the mood, then bask in the 19th-century mansion’s Greek Revival interiors.
“It’s a grand spot, totally evocative of another era,” said Ellen Bruzelius, the museum’s executive director. “A slower paced, maybe more romantic era.”
Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. $20, or $15 for members.
The Clock Bar
112 Lincoln Ave., Port Morris
The Clock Bar is the stylish spot for the borough’s hip Cupid-haters.
Complete with karaoke, comedian Fara Greenbaum and adult toys, Anti-Valentine’s Day at the Clock Bar intends to rescue singles from candy hearts and sappy cards.
“It will be a nice, chill night for people to come out, relax, celebrate themselves and say, ‘Cupid can kiss my butt!’” promised general manager Mike Brady.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
The bar and restaurant will be more accommodating of couples on the actual day, with a $42-per-person prix fixe “menu of love,” bottles of rose champagne and relationship expert Charlie the Matchmaker reading from his new book.
Thursday, Feb. 14. Dinner is served from 6 to 11 p.m. and the reading is at 7 p.m.
575 Walton Ave., Concourse
“Innaviews” is a sort of danced love letter between Gabriel Dionisio (who performs as Kwikstep) and his wife Anita Garcia (stage name Rokafella), the married team that founded the hip-hop dance crew, Full Circle.
The show combines mock interviews detailing the history of hip-hop with dances illustrating the art form — in other words, a perfect night out for any pair of hip-hop heads.
Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. $24, or $15 for seniors and students.
Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street, Woodlawn
What says Valentine’s Day better than a headstone?
The 150-year-old Woodlawn Cemetery is hosting a romantic tour of the burial grounds’ great lovers, including Isador and Ida Straus, who clung to one another as the Titanic lowered into the sea, and a woman who married seven of her favorite Valentines.
The tour will end at the Woolworth Chapel, where there will be hot chocolate and a performance by the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, a quartet that will sing a range of classics, including ones by Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington — both of whom happen to be buried at Woodlawn.
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m. $20 for the tour and concert, or $15 for just one.