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Dear Kate: I’m Single in NYC and I hate Valentine’s Day. What should I do to make it less annoying to be alone tonight?

Dear-Kate-column-identityBy Katharine Luckinbill

Dear Kate,

I am single, I live in New York City and Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year that I hate this city. What do I do to avoid the awful crowds of kissing couples everywhere I go this year? If I see one more stuffed bear and chocolate rose I’m going to throw up on someone.

Sincerely,

Out of Love Lucy

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Dear Our of Love Lucy,

Girl. I hear ya. Even though I have now joined the hoards of vomit-inducing love couples – I was single for a very long time before that and every year I dreaded Valentine’s Day. It seemed like everyone I knew was married, engaged, had a boyfriend or already had a date. I found myself thinking, “How is this possible? Where do they all find each other? Am I the only single person left in the WORLD?”

Of course I wasn’t, there were droves of other Valentine’s singles brooding about the holiday the same as I was. There was also another group, a group I hadn’t yet been introduced to, the “I Hate Valentine’s Day So Let’s All Get Together and Party” party. This bunch was awesome. A whole other mindset and approach towards this Hallmark holiday.

So awesome, in fact, that there are now super events organized all around the city just for them!

Here are some ideas for how to spend your Valentine’s Day in the big city without a date:

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Cate Blanchett takes Manhattan

Cate Blanchett in Gotham Magazine
By Kate Torgovnick

Rather than setting her sights on Hollywood, Cate Blanchett has spent her last few years down under, serving as the artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company alongside her husband Andrew Young. However, the pair are Big Apple bound. They are soon heading stateside to stage their production of “Uncle Vanya” for the Lincoln Center Festival in July. The play will run for 10 nights, and Blanchett herself will star. [Editor's note: Eeeeeee!]

Blanchett appears on the cover of the summer issue of Gotham magazine, discussing the production.

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Kate Spencer speaks the truth: most women don’t move to NYC in a ‘Sex and the City’ haze

Sex and the CityOver the weekend, writers Julia Price and Julia Allison penned a piece for The New York Post titled, “A Warning To A New Generation Of Women — Don’t Let ‘Sex and the City’ Ruin Your Life.” The essay details the pair moving to New York City as 22-year-olds eager to live “the Carrie Bradshaw experience.” They proceed to detail a hard-knock life in which they needed “the patience to go out with guys who brag about getting a table next to John Mayer at Pink Elephant and expensing their thousand-dollar liquor tab on their JP Morgan accounts,” and where they felt over the hill in their mid-20s because “at 25, the 40-year-old investment banker is looking over your shoulder at the next 22-year-old.”

Maybe this is just a Julia thing?

Because despite the fact that I have lived in New York City from age 18 through 31, their description of the city I love sounds far more foreign to me than the tundras of Antartica.

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