Happy Galentine's Day!
The Spice Girls may have coined the phrase "girl power," but Parks and Rec's Leslie Knope kicked up the camaraderie with this faux holiday. Here's how to celebrate with your own ladyfriends.
Wed Feb 13 2013
Thanks to our favorite fictional city councilwoman, February 13 is now more than just a day when you assure yourself that yes, it’s okay to be single. On “Galentine’s Day,” a second-season ep of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope (played by the ever-awesome Amy Poehler) declared that the day before Valentine’s Day is actually Galentine’s Day—in her words, it’s “a day about celebrating ladyfriends.” Plan your own day of girl-bonding with these things to do in NYC.
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Recreate Leslie’s Galentine’s Day festivities and “kick it breakfast style”— in honor of her well-documented love of waffles, try any one of the fourteen options at Amy Ruth’s. Try the City Councilwoman Inez Dickens ($8.95), in keeping with the theme. Leslie may not love pancakes as much as waffles, but we’re sure she’d enjoy the Clinton Street Baking Company’s Pancake Month—the special for today is Japanese pumpkin pancakes.
- 113 W 116th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd
The Museum at FIT is currently displaying more than 150 pairs of designer shoes in its exhibit Shoe Obsession. The exhibit features artistic creations from well-known designers, including Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, as well as those by more avant-garde creators. Give a shout-out to 30 Rock’s Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) and Liz Lemon (played by Amy Poehler’s real life BFF Tina Fey) by asking your friends, “How Sex and the City are we right now?”
- Seventh Ave at 27th St
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If shoes don’t fit your fancy, have a gabfest over BYOB pottery painting at Baked in Brooklyn. This small, welcoming Williamsburg studio has all sorts of useful things to paint (mugs! bowls! plates!). And as a special Galentine’s Day gift to our readers, Baked in Brooklyn is offering a free tag along (a smaller piece usually priced at $3) until February 18 when you mention TONY when paying.
- 242 Wythe Ave N 3rd St
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Learn about how women can be affected (both positively and negatively) by Jewish traditions at, the 92 Street Y’s event Princess or Prisoner? Jewish Women Past and Present. In a discussion moderated by Sonia Taitz (author of The Watchmaker’s Daughter) writers Talia Carner (Jerusalem Maiden) and Deborah Feldman (Unorthodox) will talk about Jewish traditions and the struggles that their characters face when confronted with these potentially oppressive customs.
- 1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts
Nod to Leslie’s avowed love of strong women like Hillary Rodham Clinton by hunting for feminist literature at Bluestockings. Even though Leslie isn’t a huge salad fan, you can still order munchies from its organic, fair-trade and vegan cafe menu.
- 172 Allen St at Stanton St
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Finally, what femme-fest is complete without a performance from a fabulous Broadway diva? The legendary Patti LuPone will be performing at 54 Below, an intimate club under the venue that was once Studio 54. Listen to the belter's powerful vocals and make a toast to just how awesome women can be
- 254 W 54th St, (between Broadway and Eighth Ave), 10019
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But if you must cry over lost loves, pathetic hook-ups and your impending spinsterhood, trek on over to Videology for its 8pm showing of Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance, a whirlwind crime thriller about a comic-book store clerk (Christian Slater) who falls in love with a hooker (Patricia Arquette). At least you make better choices than that, right?
- 308 Bedford Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts