"Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Empire State of Mind
With each passing year the 'bright lights big city' allure of New York City continues to capture the hearts of millions of residents and visitors alike.
There is no better way to celebrate the holidays, Valentines Day, an anniversary, or a special birthday than with a stroll around the city's most famous sites for inspiring love and romance ....
1. Fifth Avenue Dubbed "Millionaire's Row" for the stately mansions that used to line this section of Fifth Avenue, the nickname applies today with dozens of ritzy shops lining the one of the world's most famous thoroughfares. Promise your love the moon with stops at Trump Tower, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany's, Cartier, and more places that sparkle and glitter.
Location: Fifth Avenue from 42nd Street - 59th Street
2. Central Park Fancy a carriage ride around the park? How about a leisurely boat ride around the lake? For those who want to take in Central Park at their own speed, a romantic stroll around any one of the park's beautiful, secluded paths is guaranteed to inspire a tender moment or two.
3. Museum Mile Impress your love with an appreciation of all that is fine and cultured (or, at least look the part) with a stop at the Museum of Modern Art (51st Street); the Metropolitan Museum of Art (81st street); and/or the Guggenheim Museum (98th Street). Insider tip: The Metropolitan Museum offers the best of all worlds with an impressive collection of ancient, classic and modern art including a romantic date night at the Balcony Bar, The Petrie Court Café, or atop the sophisticated Roof Garden Café where you can order martinis-for-two as you gaze over Central Park.
Location: Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th streets. During the annual NYC Museum Mile festival in June admission is free to all 10 museums along Museum Mile.
4. Top of the Empire State Building The classic Manhattan location where love is always in the air, especially at sunset, the Empire State Building 86th floor observatory has inspired many a romance after it first opened in 1933. Since then, romantic movie associations with the Empire State Building have included King Kong, An Affair to Remember, and Sleepless in Seattle.
5. Top of the Rock Dating back to 1933, then reopened with a new rooftop promenade in November 2005, Top of the Rock is the most recent contender for top romantic spot in midtown. The view is unique in that it takes in the Empire State Building (a view you can't get at the Empire State Building) while providing the same sweeping views of the city in a less rushed, more laid-back atmosphere. Combine your visit to the Top of the Rock with a stop at the world's famous Christmas tree for an extra-memorable trip to Rockefeller Center during the holidays.
6. Hudson River Park This is a great way to beat the heat and get away from hubbub of the city as you take in sweeping views of the Hudson River and New Jersey in the summertime. The crimson and gold vistas of the New Jersey Palisades are also a sight to behold during a tour of autumn in New York
7. Lincoln Center Fountain The center ornament for the Metropolitan Opera House and Avery Fisher Hall provides a starting point for a romantic stroll around Lincoln Center. "Meet you at the fountain" has become a familiar catchphrase for generations of New Yorkers as the famous fountain is hard to miss, especially at night when it glows like a diamond.
8. Brooklyn Height Promenade With a short hop on the subway, get an entirely new perspective of lower Manhattan with a breathtaking view from the opposite side of the river. At night, the sparkle from downtown skyscrapers is guaranteed to make you swoon.
9. Roosevelt Island Tram Gently roll with the Tram as it slowly climbs 250 feet above the East River to softly land at Roosevelt Island. This quick trip is sponsored by the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Price : a swipe of your Metro Card.
The view of the Manhattan skyline: priceless.
10. Staten Island Ferry This cheap date option that would be worth every penny if not for the fact that it is - absolutely free! Climb aboard the Staten Island ferry, then sit back as the sea air and views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline sweep over you during the 40-minute return trip.
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From the official NYC Parks & Recreation site with tips on the best places for romance in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, with descriptions, related resources, video.