Summer dates in New York: In-a-relationship dates for couples

Plan a great summer date with your boyfriend or girlfriend at these NYC events.



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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden



  • Blaise Allysen Kearsley at How I Learned

  • Roslyn Hart, far right, in Never Sleep Alone

  • New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off



  • Secret Science Club



Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Brooklyn Botanic Garden



So you’re already in a relationship—that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a boring night in. Now that you're more comfortable with your boyfriend or girlfriend, take your summer dates to the next level: Head to these NYC events and venues that will spark discussion (or just have you showing off your goofy dance moves).

Find bliss at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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This peaceful, exquisitely maintained 52-acre park is one of the best spots in Kings County for a romantic stroll, not to mention an ace locale for quiet conversations. Highlights include the Cranford Rose Garden, filled with hundreds of the fragrant, colorful blooms (which peak in the coming weeks); and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, which boasts a serene waterfall, waterside benches and old-world wooden bridges. (718-623-7200, $5–$10.

  1. 990 Washington Ave, (at President St)
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Giggle over true tales at the How I Learned Series

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This entertaining monthly storytelling/reading/comedy show, held at massage-parlor-turned-cocktail-lounge Happy Ending, should provide plenty of conversation fodder for your trek home. In each installment, scribes, comedians, musicians and other performers (a fair number of whom have appeared on This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour) tell mostly true-life tales about a given topic, be it of the date-appropriate variety (sex) or quirkier fare (obsessions of all kinds). (212-334-9676, Fourth Wednesday of every month 8pm; free.

  1. Happy Ending 302 Broome St, between Eldridge and Forsyth Sts
  2. Wed Jan 28
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Cringe (and laugh) during Never Sleep Alone

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Toast the fact that you’re no longer on the prowl at this saucy interactive show: Cabaret crooner Roslyn Hart stars as “sexual psychologist” and matchmaker Dr. Alex Schiller, who goads single audience members into hooking up between songs. One tip: As you enter the venue, opt to sit in the “Voyeurs” section, lest you subject your partner to an evening of you being forced to flirt with unattached attendees. (212-539-8778, June 1 at 9:30pm; voyeurs $30, singles $25, plus $12 minimum.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Fri Jun 6
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Get down at New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off

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Now that you know each other a little better, it’s time to show your squeeze some sweet (read: ridiculous) dance moves. NYC bashes don’t come much more unpretentious and fun than this shindig. Jonathan Toubin, who recently returned to his DJ duties after recovering from a near-fatal accident last year, spins an infectious blend of soul and garage-rock 45s that persuades even the most stand-still scenester to get moving. Come 1am, settle a bet on who shakes a better tail feather during the dance contest. (718-599-1450, June 9, July 21 at 11:45pm; $5.

  1. Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Learn something new at the Secret Science Club

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During this monthly lecture series, writer Margaret Mittelbach and radio producer Dorian Devins welcome experts (physicists, neuroscientists, geneticists) to discuss super-specific scientific inquiries. (Past events have covered topics such as inner space, newly discovered deep-sea species, and plant-fueled energy.) Stick around afterward for DJ sets and indulge in a specialty cocktail based on that evening’s theme. (718-643-6510, Times vary; free.

  1. The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn

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