Some people come to New York City to fall in love; others come to New York City and fall in love with the city itself. Whatever may be the case for you, here are some spots to fall in love all over again with whichever won over your heart. Want to see all of these places in one day? It may be a bit tricky by subway, but Luxor can escort you to these romantic destinations and turn your Valentine’s Day into a beautiful array of memories and experiences.
Bow Bridge at Central Park
This stunning bridge has been featured in films like Manhattan and was the first cast-iron bridge in the Park. Named for its elegant shape similar to a violin bow, this low-lying bridge connects Cherry Hill with the Ramble side of the Park at 74th Street and remains one of the most romantic spots in the Park. Walk by Central Park’s lake or, if the weather allows, row gently underneath this iconic monument and take in the rich brown trees and fallen leaves. Walking across the bridge also allows for superb views of Central Park West and Fifth Avenue if you don’t want to fully escape the city. It’s a wonderful place to propose or, at the very least, propose a relaxing walk and some quality time with your valentine.
Rowers under Bow Bridge in Central Park
The LeFrak Center at Lakeside
The LeFrak Center at Lakeside is a crystal cove tucked away in Prospect Park. The Center hosts seasonal ice skating, roller skating, biking, and boating. Skate around and hold hands with your significant other while taking in the beautiful foliage surrounding the rink. With a 3.35 mile loop, you’ll have plenty of space to look into each other’s eyes and steal some kisses. Plus, if you work up an appetite on the ice, you can escape to Bluestone Café, which features floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views as well as indoor and outdoor seating options. The menu changes according to the season and features a range of delicious fare from their delectably stacked Bluestone original burger to healthier items like the stuffed avocado salad. When you’re through with your meal, wander the park and explore all of the beauty that Prospect Park has to offer – there’s plenty to discover with your loved one.
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Part of Brooklyn’s first Historic Preservation District and often considered one of the most romantic spots in New York City, The Brooklyn Heights Promenade has been featured in several iconic films, is the go-to place for numerous first dates, and the host of many wedding proposals. The quarter mile jaunt offers a view of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Aside from the stunning view, the promenade itself is gorgeously decorated with flower beds and trees, and offers benches to relax or a playground for the little ones to explore. The benches are a great place to sit back, take the view in, and hold your honey close while spending time together. If you’re feeling particularly dreamy, head over to Jane’s Carousel and watch the kids play around, or hop on together to relive your childhoods a bit. There are also tons of historic eateries, like Grimaldi’s, or fancier foods to enjoy just steps away.
The High Line
After 25 years of the elevated train tracks lingering unused, the landscape of the park was finally born. With perennials, grasses, shrubs, water fountains, and unique pieces of art, the High Line is home to many quirky marvels and clever architectural innovations. Awarded the “top pick up spot” by Time Out New York, the High Line is a romantic place to saunter or stargaze. There’s something magical about walking among the buildings and clouds while overlooking the water. Many couples have randomly met here and continued dating, while others have chosen to get married here to the cheers of close friends, family, and even a few strangers. It may be the raised tracks, but there’s definitely romance in the air here.
Wander the beautiful grounds of this 28-acre garden and cultural center with your sweetheart. Sit by the serene Aquatic Garden, coast by the sweeping views of the Hudson River at the Kerlin Overlook, and smell the hydrangeas at the Flower Garden. This is the perfect place to feel like you’ve escaped the city and dove into a rabbit hole of tranquility. If you’ve been meaning to carve out alone time and catch up, this is the ideal setting to take a seat on the bench, breathe in the crisp winter air, and cuddle on a bench with your valentine for an afternoon of leisure. Plus, if it gets a little chilly, you can head over to The Café at Wave Hill for a soothing cup of herbal tea. Or, if you’re in the mood to share, you can split one of their raspberry scones or you can each select your own adorable petit four.
Are you wearing a beautiful dress or a tuxedo for Valentine’s Day? Don’t wrinkle or muck it up by taking the subway. Let Luxor treat you to a smooth ride to your destination. Whether you want to enjoy an evening walk on the promenade or a romantic candlelit dinner with your valentine, it’s always a better bet to let us pick you up and take you there without the hassle of waiting for the train.