Most Romantic Spots in NYC
As someone who loves New York, it’s only natural that Manhattan would make the perfect backdrop when you are looking for where to go for a Valentine’s Day celebration. Take a walk with me to some of the most romantic spots in NYC from TV and films:
The Empire State Building
One of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, it stands at 102 floors of Art Deco-inspired splendor. Located on Fifth Avenue and West 34th
Street, it has been featured in hundreds of movies and has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. From the infamous movie King Kong, to the hit film Independence Day…New York City romantics will best equate this spot with love stories in movies
like the view of the observation deck in Sleepless in Seattle, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
Home to Time Warner Corporation’s world headquarters, Jazz at Lincoln Center, CNN and Trump International Hotel and Tower, (just to name a few) Columbus Circle was named for Christopher Columbus and was completed in 1905. A monument located in the center, created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo is a point by which distances to and from New York City are measured. The monument consists of a marble status of Columbus atop a 70-foot granite column with bronze accents. It also features an angel holding a globe on its pedestal. This location has been featured in movies such as Ghostbusters and August Rush. But it may best be known by romantics around the world as the place where Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) tried to make things work with Aiden (John Corbett), in the infamous scene by the fountains in the series Sex and the City. Decked out in black-tie formals for the Black and White Ball, fans rooted for the couple to work through their differences…but it simply wasn’t meant to be.
The Plaza Hotel is a landmark 20-story luxury hotel occupying the west side of Grand Army Plaza…along Central Park South and Fifth Avenue. On the south side of the Plaza (between 57th
Streets) once stood the French Renaissance chateau of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. It was the grandest of the Fifth Avenue mansions…which is now occupied by the iconic Bergdorf Goodman. This New York City romantic spot is a legendary location which has been home to such great movies as Barefoot in the Park, Funny Girl, Home Alone 2, Scent of a Woman and a classic for the hopelessly romantic: The Way We Were, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.
Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge
This cantilever bridge over the East River was completed in 1909 and has certainly become one of the most romantic spots in NYC. It connects the neighborhoods of Long Island City in the borough of Queens with Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island. Movies such as Escapen from New York and Spider-Man were featured here…but it is best known for Woody Allen’s film Manhattan with Diane Keaton and the unforgettable scene with Allen’s and Keaton’s characters relaxing on a bench in front of the bridge at twilight. This iconic bridge scene was shot at 5am. The bridge had two separate strings of lights which were on a timer and controlled by the city. The timer was set for the lights to automatically extinguish at sunrise. Cinematographer Gordon Willis made arrangements with the city to leave the lights on and said he would notify them when he got the shot, so that they could be turned off. As the crew began to shoot the scene, one string of bridge lights went dark and Allen was forced to use that take.
Where to Go for Valentine’s Day: Make a Stop for Flowers
Now that you know more about the romantic spots in New York City, consider celebrating this holiday with a lovely Valentine’s Day flower bouquet
and a visit to one of these iconic locations. You’ll create some romantic memories alongside these famous films…giving you the opportunity to make some magic of your own.