5 Best Places to Propose in New York City

When you are planning a proposal, choosing a location that is beautiful and meaningful enough can be a tall order in most cities and towns. In New York City, however, the opposite is true. The hard part is narrowing down the long list of exciting potential proposal locations to find the one that is perfect for you. With so many options for every kind of couple, choosing a place to get engaged in the Big Apple can be harder than choosing the engagement ring itself!

There are certain locations in the city that are so romantic and universally well loved, that it is almost impossible to go wrong if you choose them as a place to pop the question. If you are planning a New York City proposal, especially as part of a romantic getaway to the city, read on for our suggestions for the best places to propose in New York City.

Central Park

Aerial view of Central Park. Photo credit: Village Voice.
Aerial view of Central Park. Photo credit: Village Voice.

First opened in 1857, Central Park is one of New York’s most notable attractions. It is one of the most frequently filmed locations in the world, and the most visited city park in the United States. Because Central Park is so massive – 843 acres, to be exact – there are plenty of landmarks within the park that are notable in their own right, including the famous Central Park boathouse, along with a reservoir, carousel, zoo, and amphitheater.

With so much to explore, Central Park is the ideal location for an active couple to get engaged in New York. Even though about 30 million people visit the park each year, there are plenty of places to discover, get lost, and most importantly – find an intimate spot for a proposal.

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center. Photo credit: Wikimedia.
Lincoln Center. Photo credit: Wikimedia.

Lincoln Center is a 16.3-acre complex of buildings, constructed as part of an urban renewal project in the 1950s and 1960s. A haven for lovers of the arts, Lincoln Center has 30 indoor and outdoor performance spaces. Famous architects such as Eero Saarinen and Max Abramovitz were commissioned to design the buildings that make up the complex.

There’s always something happening at the arts complex, so this might not be an ideal location for you if you’re looking for a more intimate proposal. However, you can’t beat the attractive fountain and the romantic twinkle of Lincoln Center’s lights at night.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building: Photo credit: ESBNYC.
The Empire State Building: Photo credit: ESBNYC.

The Empire State Building was completed 83 years ago. Including its iconic antenna, the Empire State Building stands at an impressive 1,454 feet. Today it is the fourth-largest skyscraper in the country, but for 40 years (1931-1971) it was the tallest building in the country.

This 103-story skyscraper has observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors, if you’re looking for a place with stunning views to pop the question. If you want to propose on a holiday, the Empire State Building is the perfect option, because it is open 365 days a year.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty. Photo credit: Wikimedia.
The Statue of Liberty. Photo credit: Wikimedia.

The Statue of Liberty is 129 years old. One of the most iconic statues in the world, “Lady Liberty” was a gift from the country of France meant to symbolize – you guessed it – freedom. Because of the statue’s age and delicacy, it has gone through several large-scale renovation projects throughout its history. The Statue of Liberty was officially recognized as a National Monument in 1924, and has also been named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Because the Statue of Liberty is so important to the American people, there are very strict rules for visitors. This can make a Statue of Liberty proposal a bit tricky. First, you must make a reservation with plenty of advance notice, because the statue is so popular. Only cameras and medication can be brought into the statue’s crown, so Statue of Liberty proposals must be done on the grounds. With the lush green grass and gorgeous views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, the Liberty Island grounds are still a stunning proposal location.

Greenacre Park

Greenacre Park. Photo credit: NY Times.
Greenacre Park. Photo credit: NY Times.

If you want an intimate proposal in this loud and bustling city, Greenacre Park is an excellent choice. That’s right – you can find a peaceful space, complete with a waterfall, in the middle of Manhattan. The waterfall at Greenacre Park is 25 feet high, and its noise creates a quiet, calm atmosphere in the space.

It is easy to forget that you are in the busiest city in the United States with the park’s serene surroundings. Greenacre Park is one of the best options for a cozy, intimate proposal in New York City. You can be exploring the heart of the city one minute, then step off the street and into a romantic moment between just the two of you the next.

Are you looking for an engagement ring for your New York City proposal? The most popular New York engagement rings feature a gemstone or diamond halo for vintage-inspired glamor. On the other hand, elegant prong-set solitaire engagement rings are also a common choice. With such a large and diverse population, it follows that well-loved engagement rings in New York City are also varied.

If you are in the market for an engagement ring in New York City, you can have your custom Ritani engagement ring shipped to any of our authorized local jewelry stores for a free in-store preview. With the free in-store preview, you can see the ring that you designed, with the loose diamond you chose, in her ring size. If it’s perfect, you can take it home that day; if it’s not what you imagined, you can walk away obligation-free.