Where’s the Romance: I Love New York

Romance knows no geographical boundaries – we can all agree on that.

But if I had to pull out a map and select one U.S. city that says “romance” to me, well, I love New York.

Movie directors agree with me, too. Consider just ten of the romantic movies that take place in New York:

  1. Sabrina
  2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  3. The Way We Were
  4. When Harry Met Sally
  5. Sleepless in Seattle
  6. You’ve Got Mail
  7. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  8. Hitch
  9. S. I Love You
  10. 27 Dresses

And everyone from Duke Ellington to Frank Sinatra, from Bruce Springsteen to Sara Bareilles, from Simon and Garfunkle to Jay-Z and Sara Keyes have sung about “the city that never sleeps.”

Romance is all about those indefinable moments of being with someone … and somehow these moments become experiences that transform into a relationship that lasts. Falling in love isn’t just about “hanging out together,” but about being with someone and realizing that’s the way you want it to be “’til death do you part.”

And if you’re looking for a place for romantic moments to happen, look no further than New York City. As I wrote the ending of my destination-wedding novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, the possibilities of where to stage the proposal made me giddy – and I was thinking about imaginary people falling in love! And because my hero and heroine experienced a break-up on their way to discovering the true cost of an ultimate Manhattan wedding, I was able to plan not one, but two proposals in New York!


Should I stage the magical moment in Central Park? And if so, where in Central Park? Belvedere Castle – yes, there’s a castle in Central Park. Near Gapstow Bridge? Or go for something whimsical and plan a ride on the carousel with its fifty-seven horses?


I could arrange my novella’s time line so that a proposal could happen in the midst of the annual madness of New York’s Time Square on New Year’s Eve. Coordinate the “Will you marry me?” with the countdown and as the lighted ball drops, my hero kisses my heroine and then goes down on one knee … A memorable moment, yes – but not a “just you and me” one.


Flowers are always romantic, which makes the New York Botanic Garden an endless source of locations for lovers to stroll through – gardens of orchids, roses, lilacs, magnolias – as they hold hands, talk, kiss, create memories – and who knows? Maybe one day return for a proposal.

The possibilities for “Will you marry me?” moments are endless: Atop the Empire State Building (think An Affair to Remember) or skating in Rockefeller Plaza beneath the glow of the annual Christmas tree – if you’re brave enough to risk a proposal on ice skates. At a favorite restaurant or during the intermission of a Broadway show. Be those crazy people who stand outside the taping of the Today show with a sign that says, “She said yes!” and end up catching Al Roker’s attention.


Falling in love is all about embracing the future together – the what-may-come moments. I love New York because it offers so many chances for making one of a kind romantic memories. So where did I set proposal #2 for Bellamy and Reid, the bride and groom in Can’t Buy Me Love? You’ll just have to read it and find out!