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Worst things about Valentine's Day in NYC

Cupid is definitely not a New Yorker.

In fact, if it were up to us, we'd make sure Cupid and Valentine's Day stay far away from our fine city.

Who needs the overpriced dinners, candy and cards? Our wallets and sanity are still recovering from the holidays.

Here are some of the (many) reasons that Feb. 14 is one of the worst days in NYC.

The pressure to do something

It's New York. It's February. It's cold. We're
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It's New York. It's February. It's cold. We're in the part of the year where activities include hibernating and basically nothing else.

Pricey prix-fixe restaurant menus

First, it's impossible to get a reservation on
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First, it's impossible to get a reservation on Valentine's Day and if you do, you're paying way too much for some heart-shaped ravioli that comes with a bottom shelf house cocktail you never really wanted in the first place.

Proposals

You just made it through the deluge of
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You just made it through the deluge of New Year's Eve proposals, but here come the stragglers, ready to pop the question in jam-packed restaurants on Feb. 14. Can't we enjoy our tiramisu in peace without having to put down our forks and applaud random strangers' life decisions?

Marked-up candy

Those garbage candy hearts cost how much? With
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Those garbage candy hearts cost how much? With nauseating slogans like, "Be mine," CVS should be paying us to take these bags of candy off their hands. Do your wallet a favor and surprise your sweetheart with candy on Feb. 15, when it's practically free again.

Trying to cook a romantic meal at home

Oh, you dodged a bullet not getting reservations?
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Oh, you dodged a bullet not getting reservations? Great work. Now you get to work on a single square foot of counter space to cook up the most romantic meal of your life, for two.

Third-wheeling roommates

If you live in New York, you probably
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If you live in New York, you probably have a roommate. And that roommate is probably single and moping about it on Valentine's Day. So if you planned a romantic night at home, we hope you're ready to pull up an extra chair for your roommate, who will do everything but make himself scarce on Valentine's Day.

More. Gifts.

Not only is your budget recovering from all
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Not only is your budget recovering from all that shopping for other people you did in December, but you're still finding a place for all those really nice gifts you received. More crap? Lovely.

Social media

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity for your
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Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity for your annoying friends to post over-the-top romantic statuses about finding their soulmate/other half in the big, mean city, or whatever. Even worse, some of your friends may mark the day by posting a rambling Facebook post about self-love and female empowerment and blah blah blah. Stay off the Internet 'til March, if possible.

Stuffed animals

So much valuable real estate at your local
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So much valuable real estate at your local Duane Reade is taken up with stuffed animals targeted at an age demographic way too mature to be playing with plush toys.

Your single friend

Your single friend saved her annual breakdown for
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Your single friend saved her annual breakdown for Valentine's Day, about an hour before your reservation for an overpriced prix-fixe meal. How convenient for you! Be sure to stock up on tissues ahead of Feb. 14, because the "why am I alone" hysteria will be unavoidable.

Wait, are you the single friend? Try to keep it together this year for the rest of us, wouldya?

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