10. Check out the Desire Lines in Central Park
Put together a picnic and scope out all of the 212 paths in Central Park identified by artist Tatiana Trouvé. The installation is made up of miles of colored rope wound around enormous spools, one for each path in the park. Pick one at random, take a stroll, and you just had yourself the best free date in the city.
11. Drink on a boat
Duck out of work early (cough cough, you sound so sick) for Spirit of New York’s happy hour any Thursday or Friday this spring. Whether or not you’re actually feeling peaky, a combination of salt breeze, Hendrick’s cucumber martinis, and crispy little spring rolls are the best medicine for whatever ails you, especially if what ails you is a serious case of "lack of boat drinking."
12. Paint Nite date night
At Paint Nite, it’s okay if your paintings look like they were rendered by a strung out T-Rex. The idea is to just sip some beer and socially paint. Plus, there’s an instructor, so if you suck, it’s totally their fault. While Paint Nite happens all over the city, we have it on good authority that Coffeed in Long Island City and Room 53 in Hell’s Kitchen are among the best date night spots.