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The Hudson Yards Guide to Valentine’s Day

The loveliest things to do and gift

Humans have been celebrating Valentine’s Day since the 5th century, but this is the first year they can count on Hudson Yards to make the holiday extra special. Whether you’re commemorating an enduring love, a new romance, or just a cherished friendship, here’s how The Shops & Restaurants are aiming to put you in the mood.

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VALENTINE’S TOGETHER

A chocolate heart honors the occasion without overcommitting. Neuhaus’ limited-edition Romantic Sharing Box contains pairs of each of Belgian chocolate so both of you can bond over the same chocolate. Want to make a little bigger statement? Li-Lac’s Giant Chocolate Heart contains 210 pieces, all handmade in Brooklyn.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO MAKE A STATEMENT

Thinking about making it forever? Cartier’s iconic Love bracelet locks on the wrist with a screwdriver provided by the jeweler. Or Tiffany’s diamond experts will talk you through engagement ring shopping. You can pay homage to the time you’ve already spent together with the Speedmaster Professional Men’s Moonwatch or Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Ladies Watch, both from Omega available at Watches of Switzerland. 

IF YOUR LOVE IS UNIQUE

Check out Forty-Five Ten’s vintage collection, which includes a 1990s Versace Medusa bracelet and a Chanel quilted crossbody. Alternatively, Kenzo’s limited-edition Valentine’s Day capsule collection offers “Lucky Star” bum bags, hooded sweatshirts and boots.

IF YOUR KIDS ARE YOUR VALENTINES

Pick up a “More Love” t-shirt at H&M Kids, then take them for a choose-your-own adventure at Dylan’s Candy Bar, where they can make their own candy Valentine, fill a pail with heart-shaped sweets or slurp the limited-edition Cupid Arrows Milkshake—strawberry ice cream with red heart gummies, topped with whipped cream and heart-shaped sprinkles.

IF YOU’RE CELEBRATING GALENTINES

Madewell is throwing its annual Galentines Party on the 13th, so pop in for matching Canvas Pouch Clutches in Painted Spots. You’ll get a shareable friendship necklace set if you spend $100 or more. Or treat your pal to a Dyptique Paris en Fleur candle at Neiman Marcus or a Best Friends Forever Letters Dangle Charm from Pandora.

IF NEW YORK IS YOUR VALENTINE

To get the best views of the best city in the world, pick up advance tickets for Edge (opening March 11), the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. While you’re at the shop, get yourself—or special someone—some made-in-New York goods, like fingerless gloves by Upstate Stock or the New York Cocktails book. Nearby, at PiQ, you can find reusable bags with city motifs by Keith Haring.

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