04/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Did She Say Yes? Did Scouting NY Readers Help a Guy Get Engaged?

A few weeks ago, I ran a post about a guy who emailed me for help in finding a unique New York location to propose to his girlfriend. I turned the question over to Scouting NY readers asking for original ideas (not the Empire State Building observatory!), and we received a ton of really great options. Since then, I've been waiting to hear what was chosen and how it all went down...

I received a follow-up email on Friday, and incredibly, it was the very first suggestion made by reader Brendan that was picked for the big moment: the Whispering Gallery outside the Oyster Bar at Grand Central!

The beautiful vaulted ceilings here inadvertently create a pretty magical effect: stand facing the wall at any corner and speak (or whisper), and your voice will be mysteriously transported to anyone standing at the opposite corner. Writes our lovelorn reader:

I had never seen the whispering arches before (and neither had she, luckily). I went to check them out and an old artist couple helped me try them out. I liked the sound, and when I told them why I was there, they loved it and shared their many interpretations of the significance of the four arches (stability in marriage, four corners of the earth, protection...). A great omen.

I arranged for my girlfriend to meet me in Grand Central to pass the time until our dinner reservations on the East Side, and I told her that I wanted to show her something cool that I found in the terminal.

We walked to the arches and played around with the whispering for a little, then I shifted my tone and told her how much I care about her, among other nice things. She turned around, I was on one knee, and she ran over to my corner amidst a stream of commuters. She said yes, and we happily walked to dinner.

Thanks so much to everyone for their suggestions! The whole thing went really well, and we are really excited for the future!

Great news! And for anyone in a similar predicament, plenty of unique NY-centric proposal ideas can be found here!


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