2015-02-11 / Editorials

Don’t Let Winter Get You Down, Curfew Or Not

Valentine’s Day is the day when we aim to show our love more directly than any other day of the year. While we love who we love all through the year, this is the day when people look forward to finding our just “how deep is your love?” And it is not confined to one’s “significant other.” Parents and grandparents pick up heart-shaped candy and stuffed animals for their daughters and sons; children make cards with glitter expressing and creating their very own love tokens as gifts for their parents, grandparents and Godparents, aunts and uncles; and as adults we tell our parents, and other close relatives we love them, sometimes even our siblings get included in the lovefest. We also extend best wishes and show our love to any special friends. People without partners may choose to commiserate, or better yet, have a blast with other single pals; others might choose to indulge themselves with a spa treatment, favorite music and other treats.

If you happen to be scouting out locations for a romantic dinner, or a fun night out with beloved friends or family, you will have a little trouble here in Queens; that is, trouble choosing from so many tempting cuisines and unique dining experiences for every budget and palate. We have the cuisine of very nearly all countries from every continent represented in this one borough. And all within easy reach. Aside from the top contenders for the most popular international dining – Italian and Chinese – we of course have many to choose within each region’s offerings: Brazilian, Eastern European, German, Greek, Guyanese, Indian, Irish, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Latin American/Spanish, Middle Eastern, Polish, Tibetan, and West Indian, to rattle off only a few.

If you are still wondering what to buy as a gift for your beloved, Queens has shopping streets galore, malls, florists, bakeries and boutiques in every neighborhood.

Before or after dinner take in a show, concert, check out our museums, comedy clubs, community organizations and parks – all offering a limitless variety of activities in every price range to help make the day memorable. Those who know Queens are most likely already acquainted with all there is to do here to celebrate. But then, there is always something new cooking too. Check our Community Calendar online for some ideas on a fun way to spend Saturday and/or Sunday, February 14 and 15. Just to list a couple, there is the passionate Ballet Hispanico at Queens Theatre, February 14 and 15; King Manor’s Be My Valentine Victorian-inspired crafts; Thalia Spanish Theatre’s Valentine’s Day special fundraising performance of Tango 5 Senses; Alley Pond’s Valentine Party to celebrate with little ones ages three and four; and more.

Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers. May this day dedicated to creating and sustaining the best in human relationships bring lasting joy to everyone.

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