20 Romantic Places to Propose in New York City
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Are you captivated by the charm of New York City and searching for the ideal spot to pop the question?
We’ve compiled the 20 most swoon-worthy spots in NYC that will blow your partner away.
From the legendary Central Park to the breathtaking New York City skyline, brace yourself to savor the essence of the Big Apple while rekindling your love story!
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New York City: Where Dreams Are Made
Long known as a city of love, New York has played a starring role in "When Harry Met Sally", “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and many of the most romantic films of all time.
The exceptional fusion of history, art, and culture, complemented by awe-inspiring architecture, exquisite cuisine, and boundless entertainment choices, entices couples worldwide to visit.
Whether it's meandering hand-in-hand through Central Park, attending a Broadway performance, or savoring a candlelit dinner atop a rooftop restaurant with a mesmerizing cityscape view, there's something to suit every taste.
But what truly sets New York City apart is the aura of possibility and adventure that fills every nook and cranny. It's a city where dreams come true, and limits are nonexistent, a place that embraces diversity and individuality while inspiring people to become their best selves.
This enchanting atmosphere attracts people to New York City, making it the perfect location to ask for the hand of the one you adore.
20 Romantic Places to Propose in New York City
1. Brooklyn Bridge:
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is a walk through history.
Add your very own chapter to the story of New York by proposing here against a backdrop of the breathtaking skyline.
2. Harbour Cruise:
Glide along the water in the early evening, buoyed by the sense of romance and twinkling city lights.
The friendly cruise staff will most likely be only too happy to help you plan a surprise proposal or private dinner!
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, roof garden:
The rooftop garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a serene and intimate respite from the crowds.
Take in the stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline and get down on one knee surrounded by the beauty of nature and art.
4. Alphabet City Gardens:
This charming and secluded spot is tranquility personified.
Take a stroll through the garden's winding paths and hidden corners, and let love bloom amongst the flowers and greenery.
5. Madison Square Park:
This world-famous park offers stunning views of the iconic Flatiron Building and a sense of urban charm ideal for a unique proposal.
Take a stroll through the park, enjoy a picnic on the grass, or arrange your proposal around a special performance or exhibit in the park..
6. Coney Island:
Bursting with nostalgia and excitement, Coney Island is full of whimsy.
Take a ride on the Ferris wheel, enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk, or watch the Friday night fireworks display together throughout the summer months.
Make the moment really go off with a bang under a sea of kaleidoscope colors!
7. Washington Square Park:
Take the first step into your future together in Washington Park Square, where New York City’s past and present collide.
Dripping with history and charm, the park's iconic monuments and fountains offer endless photo opportunities!
8. Times Square:
What could be more memorable than a personalized message on the jumbo screen at Times Square?
The energy and atmosphere here are positively electric! If this idea has sparked your interest, be sure to set aside a hefty budget as Time Square ain’t cheap.
A 10 minute display in the iconic square can cost you around $4,000. But can you really put a price on making the love of your life happy?
9. Socrates Sculpture Park:
Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY is a hub of creativity, making it ideal for art lovers.
Take a stroll through the park's many exhibits and sculptures, or arrange a private tour to make them feel like the VIP they are!
10. New York Botanical Garden:
After a busy weekend in the Big Apple, the New York Botanical Garden is a breath of fresh air.
Take their hand as you explore the verdant green gardens, and get down on one knee surrounded by the beauty of nature.
11. The Empire State Building:
Need we say more? The world-famous Empire State Building offers stunning city views, and the sense of history lends itself perfectly to fairytale proposals.
But try not to go all King Kong about it, most people don’t envision being proposed to while hanging off of one of the tallest buildings in the world - use the elevator instead and head to the observation deck for a moment sure to whisk them away!
12. Bow Bridge:
Though less famous than its Brooklyn counterpart, the Bow Bridge in Central Park is no less enchanting.
Take in the stunning lake views, or watch the sun dip behind that drop-dead gorgeous skyline.
13. Governors Island:
Hop on a ferry and marvel as the hustle and bustle of the city melts away.
Once there, explore the island’s many exhibits and historic sites, and enjoy a private picnic or bike ride.
14. Liberty Island:
Ask the all-important question with the iconic Statue of Liberty watching on, and celebrate surrounded by spectacular city skyline views.
15. Top of the Rock:
You’ll feel atop the world proposing on the Top of the Rock!
Enjoy stunning views of the city and a slice of luxury and glamor. We recommend going early to beat the crowds.
16. Edge Observation Deck:
As the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, there’s arguably nowhere better to take in the beauty of New York City.
17. Greenacre Park:
Blink, and you might miss this hidden gem in the city's heart.
Take a seat by the stunning waterfall, and enjoy the sense of wonder and calm this idyllic corner offers.
18. Four Freedoms Park:
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this park's many exhibits and sculptures.
Located at the southernmost point of Roosevelt Island, it’s ideal for couples seeking a sense of peace and quiet.
19. Staten Island Ferry:
The thrill of the open sea, a chance to see the city from a new perspective, and a real sense of adventure - what more could you want?
Plus it’s free of charge, so if you’re looking to keep your proposal within a budget, this one should be top of your list!
20. Strawberry Fields:
‘Imagine all the people living life in peace’ at this living memorial to John Lennon in Central Park.
And imagine the look on their face when you get down on one knee in this beautiful and serene corner of Central Park!
Okay, we couldn’t resist!
In addition to the 20 romantic spots mentioned, we’ve got some bonus New York locations for you.
The first is The Little Islands, otherwise known as Pier 55.
This floating park on the Hudson River is an oasis in the heart of the city, offering Instagram-worthy views of the Manhattan skyline and a peaceful escape from the crowds.
Let the calming sounds of the river ease any nervous butterflies, and watch the sunset from one of the park’s benches.
Finally, we have a sprinkling of seasonal suggestions.
The dazzling lights and holiday cheer of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony would make for a genuinely magical proposal, as would a carriage ride through Central Park during the fall when the leaves change colors or during the winter when the park is transformed into a winter wonderland.
Don’t Forget the Ring
Remember, the highlight of any proposal (apart from the everlasting love and devotion) is THE ENGAGEMENT RING!
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Big City, Big Romance
Whatever location you choose, add your special touches to make the moment even more memorable.
Whether it’s a private photographer or a violinist playing your partner's favorite song, with the proper planning, your New York City proposal will be a memory you and your partner cherish for a lifetime.
Visit us at our showroom (which happens to be in Buffalo, New York!), and we’ll help you make your engagement or promise one to remember!
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