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New York City's most romantic spots

It's no coincidence that some of the greatest love stories have been set in New York City. It's in the city that never sleeps that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan found love in "Sleepless in Seattle." It's where Harry declared his love for Sally and John Cusack "serendipitously" swept Kate Beckinsale off her feet.

So grab your Valentine and head to these romantic spots to share a moment you'll want to keep playing back in your head.

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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Who needs Paris? Although the tradition of couples
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Who needs Paris? Although the tradition of couples latching a padlock with their initials onto the side of a bridge started in the City of Love, it's traveled overseas. At the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, you'll see that some couples have declared their commitment using the locks. While walking along the one-third-mile-long stretch, which had cameos in the films "Annie Hall" and "Moonstruck," you'll take in beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Cloisters

There's something romantic about the medieval period. (You
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There's something romantic about the medieval period. (You know, minus the bubonic plague.) The Cloisters museum and gardens, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art located in Fort Tyron Park, will transport you there. Together you can explore the art and architecture of medieval Europe, and wander through the beautiful cloistered garden.

Bow Bridge in Central Park

From the waterfalls in the Northern Woods to
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From the waterfalls in the Northern Woods to the majestic Bethesda Terrace, Central Park has many romantic places. The Bow Bridge, pictured above, is a popular engagement photo spot. From the bridge, you can take in views of the lake or cross into the Ramble, to get lost together in the park's "wild garden."

Shakepeare Garden

Not a man of many words? Let William
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Not a man of many words? Let William Shakespeare do the talking. Inside Central Park's four-acre Shakespeare Garden, you'll find something blooming year round and each plant and flower there has been mentioned in one of Shakespeare's poems or plays. At the base of each fauna and flora, you'll find a plaque bearing the corresponding quote from the Bard. And if you do have something to say, whisper it to your significant other via the garden's Whispering Bench, pictured above.

The Conservatory Garden

Visit Italy, France and England without leaving Manhattan.
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Visit Italy, France and England without leaving Manhattan. The six-acre sculpted Conservatory Garden in Central Park is divided into three smaller gardens that each reflect a different style: Italian, French, and English. Enter through a Parisian iron gate on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets, and stroll through the formal gardens which feature beautiful fountains, a lily pool and a wisteria pergola. (Don't know what that last one is? We Googled it and it's pretty.)

Lincoln Center Revson Fountain

This spot is all about the mood lighting,
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This spot is all about the mood lighting, so you have to go after dark. At night, the fountain outside Lincoln Center, at Broadway and West 64th Street, is aglow with 272 L.E.D. lights. Don't be surprised if you see someone get down on one knee here. It's a popular proposal place and appeared in the films "The Producers," "Ghostbusters" and "Annie Hall."

New York Botanical Garden

You may think that there's not much to
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You may think that there's not much to see at the New York Botanical Garden during the dead of winter, but that's not true. The 250-acre garden in the Bronx has exhibits to explore year round. Take a tour through the snow-covered conifer arboretum, which features more than 250 mature pines, spruces, and firs, or head inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, where you'll feel like you've traveled to a tropical destination.

Empire State Building

Day or night, the observation deck on the
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Day or night, the observation deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building offers stunning views of Manhattan. Schedule a rendezvous there with your special someone. Is it the most original idea? No, but it's timeless.

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