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New York City's most popular spots for marriage proposals
National Proposal Day is March 20.
Considering that actually proposing on this day would take just about every ounce of intimacy and romance out of the equation while simultaneously squashing the element of surprise, we aren't suggesting you get down on one knee during those 24 hours.
The point of this "holiday," however, is to get the conversation flowing between couples who may or may not be close to taking the plunge, according to proposalday.com.
And since they brought it up, we're taking this opportunity to tell you that while you might think proposing in your apartment over Chinese take-out containers is an adorable idea, a new survey by David's Bridal says that 53 percent of newly engaged and married women would change something about their proposal.
Feeling the pressure? Here's to hoping this list of New York City's most popular spots for popping the question stirs up some inspiration, even if you choose to do something less mainstream.
Manhattan's oasis is believed to be the most popular spot for marriage proposals in New York City, and one of the most proposed-in spots in the world. Popular locations in the park include the Loeb Boathouse, the Shakespeare Garden and the Ladies Pavilion, and the park actually offers proposal packages that include planning assistance, acoustic soloists, a professional photographer and more.
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Atop the Empire State Building
Any romantic who has cried while watching "An Affair to Remember" or "Sleepless in Seattle" has a soft spot for the Empire State Building, and NYC's most iconic spot encourages proposals, recommending you request a special song from the 86th floor observatory's saxophonist.
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On the Brooklyn Bridge
Sure, it offers unparalleled views and quaint date spots on both sides, but the real reason the Brooklyn Bridge has become the bridge for lovers is its "love locks" tradition. A practice carried over from romantic European cities including Paris and Rome, couples write their initials on a lock and attach it to the bridge, symbolizing their eternal commitment as they throw the key into the water below.
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center
If you've ever been to Rockefeller Center in the winter, chances are you've witnessed a proposal first-hand. VIP packages make it easy, offering alone time on the ice, your song on the sound system, and, if you want to go above and beyond, champagne, roses and a five-course tasting menu for two to follow.
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Most New Yorkers find Times Square to be about as romantic as Penn Station at rush hour, but for visitors, it is the ultimate symbol of the Big Apple. And to make it even more of a stand-out moment, billboard packages are offered, so you can pop the question in bright lights for all to see.
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Culture-loving couples who catch the love bug while taking in a romantic opera or ballet find it impossible not to feel "Moonstruck" as Lincoln Center's Revson Fountain glows in the darkness.
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New York Public Library
Although the historic library didn't work out so well for Carrie Bradshaw, her sentiment that it's “the classic New York landmark that housed all the great love stories” rings true, making this a go-to spot for literary-inclined lovebirds.
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The stars are always aligned at the American Museum of Natural History's planetarium, where "Friends" fans still swoon over Ross' made-up proposal to Rachel: "I took her to the planetarium... that’s where we had our first date. Um, she walked in and I had the room filled with lilies, her favorite flower, then Fred Astaire singing 'The Way You Look Tonight' came on the sound system, and the lights came down. And I got down on one knee and written across the dome in the stars were the words 'Will you marry me?'" You can't make all of that happen, but many find it a romantic spot nonetheless.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden
Lifelong memories have been made for countless couples on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whether they shared a mutual appreciation for art or for cocktails and sweeping views of the city.
The High Line
A newcomer to the proposal scene, the High Line's mix of trendy and classic New York is drawing couples, especially around sunset, when they can watch the sky turn orange over the Hudson and then celebrate in the buzzing Meatpacking District below.
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