07/23/2014 04:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Best Places to Propose in New York City

Written by Miriam Herst, originally published on

Planning to pop the question in the city that never sleeps? On a scale of one to The Notebook, we think it would be pretty romantic, and to give you the scope of your options, we've rounded up some of our favorite New York City proposal ideas.

As every New Yorker will tell you, there's something for absolutely everyone here. Whether you're aiming for big lights and lots of sparkle or you're looking for something quieter and more simple, New York's got you covered.

(Be sure to click on the proposal stories below the images and check out HowHeAsked's vendor guide to find a proposal photographer in New York as well)

Rooftop Proposals

There are plenty of rooftop restaurants, lounges and even apartment buildings to propose on. The only thing to rival such a spectacular view is the look on her face when she sees the ring!


Rooftop Proposal in New York City // Photo by Paparazzi Proposals

A Picturesque Proposal in the Park

New York is nothing if not famous for its many breathtaking parks. An afternoon picnic, an evening stroll or a horse-drawn carriage ride are the perfect ruse for an outdoor proposal. Here are a couple of our favorite parks to propose in:

Central Park


Central Park Marriage Proposal // Photo by Raquel Bianca

Bryant Park


Photo by Reena Rose Photography



Photo by Caroline Frost Photography

Go Big or Go Home

Take your lucky girl to one of these classic New York spots for a legendary proposal and a guaranteed round of applause when she says yes.

Top of the Rock


Top of the Rock Marriage Proposal // Photo by Sarah Tew Photography

Brooklyn Bridge


Brooklyn Bridge Marriage Proposal // Photo by Toni Skotcher Photography

New York Public Library


Photo by Penance Photography

Washington Square


Washington Square Marriage Proposal

Times Square


Flash Mob Proposal in Times Square

All in all, New York City is truly a magical place to propose. Filled with romance, excitement, and hundreds of things to do, NYC gets a solid A+ in our book.

For more proposal ideas in New York City, here are a few others we've featured on

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