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Pop the Question In Style: Iconic Photo Spots for Engagements in NYC

By Paulina CajigalJul 1 2022

Wedding proposal season may ramp up during the holidays and the summer months, but romance is year-round — especially in a city as picturesque as New York. The Big Apple is filled with countless camera-ready locations to pop the big question, which is probably why it’s been the backdrop for countless rom-coms.

From historic public landmarks and scenic skylines to relaxing greenspaces and dimly-lit restaurants, there’s something different for every couple’s special moment in the city. But if you’re looking for an engagement spot that will leave you with a truly unforgettable and photo-worthy proposal, you’ll want to head to Rockefeller Center, home to some of the best spots to get engaged in New York City.

The 5 Best Places to Propose in NYC

1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center

A favorite New York ice skating destination, The Rink is such a popular spot for proposals that Rockefeller Center offers a couple Special Moments packages for such occasions, and they include personal time on the ice to a song of your choice. To make it truly unique, the Private Proposal option lets couples skate after-hours with up to 12 of their closest friends and family. The most in-demand days are when the Christmas Tree is up (all of December to early January), but if you’d rather wait for warmer temps to pop the question, Flipper’s at The Rink is open from April to October. Whichever you choose, make sure all of your bases are covered with our insider’s guide to The Rink.

2. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

As one of the biggest landmarks in Manhattan, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is the ideal location for the ultimate public declaration of love. Be ready for Center Plaza to get increasingly busy as Christmas and New Year’s approach. Decorated with over 50,000 technicolor LED lights, the Tree is lit from 6am to 12am daily from December to January. Searching for a special place for a post-proposal toast? Head to the legendary Pebble Bar on Sixth Avenue.

3. Top of The Rock

The sunset view from the Top of The Rock observation deck is swoon-worthy, to say the least. Many love taking post-proposal selfies with the New York City skyline or Central Park behind them, while others hire a professional photographer to candidly capture the moment. During the holiday season, the Christmas Tree is a great stop to keep the magic going once you return to ground level. In the warmer months, Rockefeller Center has several rotating art exhibits and interactive installations, often on Center Plaza, that are free and open to the public.

4. Channel Gardens

There isn’t a promenade as well-decorated as the Channel Gardens, an outdoor space that sits in the middle of some of the best shopping New York has to offer. Its installations are thoughtfully designed and often change with the seasons. The landscape never looks the same for too long, but lush greenery and aesthetic embellishments are always guaranteed. If in need of a place to calm your nerves before the proposal or somewhere to celebrate after, it’s just a three-minute walk to Other Half’s taproom on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

5. 620 Loft & Garden

620 Loft & Garden is a rooftop with a greenspace so charming, it’s been featured in multiple films and TV shows. Overlooking Fifth Avenue and eye level with the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 620 Loft & Garden’s expertly manicured courtyard offers both luxury and peace in the middle of a buzzing concrete jungle. As a highly sought-after private event space, it’s the perfect place to say both “yes!” and “I do.”

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