The New York Optimist
February 2009
Around Town-

Valentine’s Day Events:

The talk of the town this
Valentine’s Day has to be:

Hudson Terrace
Prime location, Zen-like décor and delicious cuisine are all part of what makes Hudson Terrace the place to be this Valentine’s Day.
Hosting their first Valentine’s Day Ball on 2/14/09, Hudson Terrace will offer a Champagne reception, night-long dj entertainment and
an open Vodka bar from 9-10pm. Formal attire suggested. To purchase tickets, visit and visit www. for more information and photos of this Hudson hot spot!

Valentine’s Week events (when did it become a week long holiday??) Who cares! The more fun the better..we need it!

"Sea n Sex" Single's Social Mixer
There's still plenty of fish in the sea—“sea” for yourself at this single's splash at the New York Aquarium.   Have some wine and
cheese while taking a guided tour of the aquarium, with an emphasis on the mating rituals of sea creatures • Feb. 12, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
• New York Aquarium, Surf Ave., at W. 8th St., Brooklyn, 718-265-3474;
• $34, $29 members.

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., between Seventh and Eighth Aves., 212-997-4144,
Oleta Adams serves up a dose of R&B and soul, along with a Valentine's special of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries

Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (at 27th st) 212-689-6337
The MofS Will have valentine’s themed tours all week and don’t forget to smell the roses- I mean pheromones…

MOMA- The Modern Museum of Art
Get in the spirit of Valentine's Day with MoMA's romantic Tours for Two!
MOMA is organizing private guided tours to occur after the Museum galleries are closed to the public. The tour includes beloved
masterworks such as Henri Matisse's “Dance”, and Claude Monet's “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond”.
Tours will be available during the month of February only
MoMA is located at 11 West Fifty-third Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

SPAS (local)
Green Spa NY-
Located in the heart of historic Bay Ridge, Brooklyn- The Green Spa offers unique services such as:
•        Medical Massage Therapy
•        Deep Tissue Specialist Massage
•        Lava Rock Massage
•        Diamond Microdermabrasion
•        Decadent Body Scrubs
•        Threading Hair Removal
•        Signature Spa Manicures
•        Spa Pedicures
•        Natural Looking Nail Enhancements
The Green Spa’s warm and knowledgeable staff will pamper you with natural products, healthy information and a host of wellness
and weight loss programs.
Pilo Arts-
Also in Bay Ridge, Pilo offers salon and spa services in a European style setting. Their staff is trendy but friendly.
SPAS (Out of town and Away from home):
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Las Vegas
Welcome to the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino. Only minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, you will discover an
escape that combines relaxation with fascination

The Green Door Day Spa and Salon, Manchester Vermont
A soothing spa environment to enjoy your favorite beauty service.

Gurney’s Inn- Montauk, L.I.

Gurney’s annual Valentine’s Weekend is here! Combined this year with President’s Day weekend, Gurney’s pampers their guests
with weekend long valentine’s themed events and entertainment. Their unique kissing contest is a must see! Be prepared to hold your
breath! The special Valentine’s Day dinner offers a selection of gourmet dishes topped off with champagne and roses.
Their Sunday brunch is delicious and family friendly.

Gurney’s Signature Spa is on premises and offers guests numerous holistic oriented services and specials. Try the Rose body scrub!

This ageless, family owned, full service Inn and Resort and Conference Center overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on the tip of long island.
It is surrounded by wetlands, nature preserves and the Montauk lighthouse! A must visit, all year long!

Chocolate gifts:

Travel chocolate-

Give your Valentine the message of world love with delicious fair trade organic chocolate in unique sustainable packaging.
Please see their website at for a variety of ways to express love with great chocolate!

Jacques Torres-

As much a local love spot as it is a major tourist attraction, Jacques Torres, located in historic DUMBO and SOHO, makes their
chocolate onsite and it is a French version of I Love Lucy…(if you remember the chocolate making episode-who doesn’t?!)

Other Around Town events in February:

Monday, February 23, 2009

The 2009 Kosher Food and Wine Experience –

Held at the Metropolitan Pavilion and hosted by Royal Wines Corp. This amazing annual event boasts samplings of hundreds of wines.
The catered kosher cuisine is paired perfectly and you and you will not leave hungry! You may want to find a designated driver as
For information and tickets visit:

Black History month
Celebrate all month long with events in and around the city-
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And don’t forget, February is annual heart health month!
Visit: and/or
Ellie Robyns
A New York Optimist Endorsed Spa. The New Jones Spa, New York
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