Best Places to Propose in NYC + Tips.

It’s not a secret that New York is the most famous city for Wedding Proposals ever.

NYC has all four seasons and every season has its particular beauty. In New York, you can find any possible cuisine and entertainment for any taste. Every year thousands of people travel to get engaged in NYC. I have been capturing and helping to plan proposals in New York since 2011 and have done over two thousand proposals. Today I will tell you about the top 15 favorite proposal spots in NYC.

Top 14 Public Proposal places in NYC + Tips

14. The Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters is a castle located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan.
It’s a beautiful place but located far away from other tourist areas, and sometimes it’s hard to get there. They also don’t actually allow taking professional pictures inside the castle.

13. Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is a beautiful place located in the heart of New York City. It looks fantastic but also has many people inside, so if you want to propose in an intimate place without hundreds of people around, this place is probably not for you. Otherwise, go for it.


12. Brooklyn Botanical Garden (Especially during the Cherry Blossom season)

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a gorgeous park located in Brooklyn. The most popular proposal locations there are the Japanese Garden, the Cherry Esplanade, and the Conservatories.The best time to propose there is during the Cherry Blossom season which is usually from mid-March to late April.

11. Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

It’s a gorgeous, modern park, located on Roosevelt Island which is just one stop away from Manhattan. This park has a beautiful view of midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building, and the United Nations Buildings. It’s usually a quiet place without many people, plus it’s also a perfect place for somebody who likes modern architecture. I would not recommend proposing there during cold winter days because it’s located next to the water. There’s a cold wind which blows in from the ocean.


10. Gramercy Park

It’s a beautiful private park located near downtown Manhattan. It’s a peaceful, quiet place. However, the only way to get inside the park is to have a friend who lives near it and who holds a key. Another way to get to Gramercy Park is to stay at Gramercy Park Hotel, and if you speak with the hotel’s doorman, they can let you into the park.


9.Rockefeller Center (during Holiday season)

Rockefeller Center is the most popular proposal spot during the holidays in NYC.
During that time, it has a beautiful Christmas tree (the main Christmas tree of New York) and an ice skating rink. Normally this area is very crowded, and if you want to get to the rink, you need to wait in line for an hour or so. But you can reserve the whole rink for your proposal. They clean the ice from all other people and play your favorite song during the proposal.   Be aware however that they can do it only a few times a day, and you had better reserve it a few months ahead for it to be available on the day you want to propose.

8. Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park is a lovely park located in Greenwich Village in Downtown Manhattan.
Here, you’ll find a vibrant campus-like atmosphere surrounded by the NYU area. The most popular place to propose there is by Washington Square Arch.

7. Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic NYC location and is extremely popular among tourists. It’s usually very crowded, and I would recommend proposing during in the morning hours. The most popular places to propose there are in the middle of the bridge and by the column closest to Manhattan. Also, note if the weather conditions are too hot or cold, it will be even harsher on the bridge.

6. The High Line park

The High Line is a new park located on the west side of Manhattan. It used to be an over ground subway line. But now it’s surrounded by many beautiful buildings created by the best architects, including Zaha Hadid. There are usually many people there, but you will also find some pleasant and quieter areas.

5. Time Square

Time Square is the most famous and most crowded place in NYC. The best time to propose there is after the sunset. For the best surprise, I would recommend that you rent a billboard and display a picture of your Marriage proposal.


4. Empire State Building Rooftop

Empire State Building is the most famous rooftop in NYC.
I personally don’t recommend it for proposals because it can take up to an hour in line to get upstairs from the entrance (however, you can buy a VIP ticket to skip the line and get there a bit faster). Plus, it’s usually very crowded, and you don’t have many options for the proposal. As an alternative, you could choose Top of the Rock proposal or rent a private rooftop.


3. Top of The Rock

Top of The Rock is a charming proposal place if you would like to have an audience and have a magnificent view of New York City.
You can propose there with the view of Empire State Building or Central Park. It can be very crowded, so choose your proposal time wisely.

2. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is the second most popular proposal spot in NYC, mostly because of its iconic view of Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan.

It’s great any time of day, but the most popular proposal time is during the sunset. For the best surprise, you can have a fabulous picnic during which you will pop the question. You can also have some candles and a musician waiting for you there. You can order any of these options here.


1. Central Park.

Central Park is the most popular proposal spot in NYC.
It has so many options and places for proposal, such as the Bowbridge, Bethesda fountain, Shakespeare Garden, etc. A few weeks ago, I published an article about proposing in Central Park with the list of Top 10 proposal spots there, you can read it here – Best Places to Propose in Central Park


Which place sounds like the best proposal spot for you?  Please let me know in comments bellow.

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