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Apologies, Paris: New York’s most romantic locations make the case for crowning a new City of Love. To those planning on popping the question, let the Big Apple be your wingman on your big day. From gorgeous gardens to aerial escapes, here are the most beautiful places to propose in New York City.
For a proposal that will have your partner walking on air, take to the skies on a helicopter tour of New York City. Helicopter sightseeing companies, such as Liberty Helicopters, can help make your moment memorable with their 15- to 20-minute aerial rides. Ranging from around $200 to $2,000, the company’s offerings include standard sightseeing tours above the city and proposal packages complete with choreography and a surprise gift.
Where better to bridge the present with your shared future than on a literal bridge? A popular proposal spot, Central Park’s Bow Bridge has it all: gorgeous trees, a reflective lake, and glimpses of Manhattan’s famous skyline in the distance. It’s the second oldest cast-iron bridge in the United States, built between 1859-1862, and the ornate carvings and bone-white glow make it look like something out of a storybook, befitting your fairy-tale ending.
Warm your hearts this winter at the Rink at Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most renowned (and romantic!) cold-weather destinations. Each year, Midtown’s soaring skyscrapers and famous Prometheus statue serve as witnesses to many proposals, a common occurrence at this urban winter wonderland.
Whisk your beloved away on an island escape without leaving the city at Governors Island. Situated a mere 800 yards from Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn, this New York Harbor destination provides all the privacy and peace of a proper getaway (there are no cars allowed on the 172-acre island). Offering magnificent views, greenery, and wide-open spaces, Governors Island makes every proposal feel like a honeymoon vacation.