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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.

 (Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson)
Photograph: Caroline Voagen NelsonBrooklyn 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    
By Tim Lowery |
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).
Attractions, Parks and gardens

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.

Comedy, Storytelling

Giggle over true tales at the How I Learned Series

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.


Cringe (and laugh) during Never Sleep Alone

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.

New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off

Get down at New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off

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.

Secret Science Club

Learn something new at the Secret Science Club

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.


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