Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned boy/girl battle?
Whether you’re competing for the title of cutest indie band or just want to show off your best dance moves, the chance to battle it out with your lover’s bestie is something to be desired. And what could be more romantic than battling it out in the woods – or at least, the city – while taking a walk through the most beautiful nature?
We’re pretty sure that just about every woman on earth would agree. Which is why we’ve decided to put together a list of the top five most romantic walks in the city. Take a look and see if any of these strolls matched your taste.
The Art-Deco District
When it comes to art deco, few cities can rival New York’s. The best way to explore this rich history is by strolling through the area around Broadway and 82nd Street. You’ll find a mixture of old buildings from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as some modern structures that were built in the ‘70s.
This was the first area of the city to be redeveloped and turned into a fashionable destination. Today, it’s full of trendy boutiques, galleries, and eateries. If you and your sweetheart can hold hands as you stroll by, you’ll be doing something romantic. Even when we’re not around each other, taking a stroll through the art deco area is such a joy. It’s almost like we’ve known each other forever.
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most famous landmarks. Its formal name, the New York City Bridge, may not sound romantic, but the reality is that you and your partner can find many sweet spots along the way. From the base at the southern end, you can admire the magnificent view of downtown Manhattan. Or, you can continue northward and take a walk along the river. The northern end is also home to the crown-shaped Edward Snowden Monument, which is etched with the words “Never Again” in granite. These words were spoken by Snowden after he leaked information about mass surveillance to the press.
There are benches along the way for you to sit and enjoy each others’ company. You can also bring sandwiches and snacks to share, or plan to spend the entire day gazing at the view, eating snacks, and holding hands.
The Bryant Park
Bryant Park is the largest of the city’s five municipal parks. The area was originally settled over 100 years ago and named after William Cullen Bryant, an American poet and journalist. Today, Bryant Park is a popular spot for people looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy a picnic or day out with friends and family. Bring your love interest here for a walk through the woods and enjoy each others’ company while feeding the ducks and taking in the views.
There are lots of benches and smallish grassy areas for you to sit and catch up with each other. If you’d like, you can also bring a picnic and lay down your blankets to enjoy a romantic afternoon.
The Empire State Building
Another romantic spot can be found in the Empire State Building. The building was originally constructed as part of the New York City’s plan to host the World’s Fair in 1939. Its distinctive silhouette against the sunset or night sky is one of New York’s most recognizable images.
The top of the Empire State Building is an excellent observatory with a 360-degree view of the city. You can look out over Central Park and its band shell, the Lake, or even the whole of the magnificent Hudson River.
There are also lots of restaurants and bars here, which is perfect if you’re looking for a date night. If it’s a bit chilly, you can also take a trip to the top of the building for some romance.
The Top of the Rock
The Top of the Rock, formerly known as One World Trade Center, is the highest point in the city. It sits 1,776 feet above the street, and the views are breathtaking. You’ve got the whole city laid out before you, with a perfect view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Broadway. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can also see Central Park, the financial district, and the Statue of Liberty. This spot gets pretty crowded, especially during the day. If you’d like to catch a nice sunset, come here at night when the streets are deserted.
One World Trade Center is the perfect place for a first date. If you’re feeling romantic, you can also take a stroll along the edge of the tower and look out over the city. On a clear day, you can see for miles.
The Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is one of the largest museums in North America. Its collection features art dating from the 18th century to the present day and is dedicated to exhibiting and preserving the works of renowned artists.
The museum is set in the center of one of Brooklyn’s most historic districts, with a range of restaurants and bars nearby, making it a lovely place to enjoy an evening out. There’s also an outdoor movie theater that shows free movies on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer. Museums are romantic places; let’s face it, art is often associated with romance. And what could be more romantic than enjoying a sunset walk through a museum, holding hands as you look at the art work that inspired you?
The Met Life Building
The Met Life Building is the headquarters of MetLife, one of the city’s most well-known insurance companies. The sleek Art Deco building was designed by the prestigious architect George M. Bergman and features an Italian Renaissance exterior. The building’s concierge is also well-known for their romantic dates. The top floors of the MetLife Building are open to the general public, while the lower floors are only available to company employees. Tours of the interior are available by appointment only.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
One of the city’s most prominent cultural hubs is MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art houses one of the largest and most respected collections of modern art. The museum is open 365 days a year, with the exception of Christmas. Entry is free, and there are special exhibits throughout the year, which are usually accompanied by an educational guide. MoMA is a great place for a romantic date. There are lots of artworks here that are bound to spark something in the minds of both of you.
So, which one did you like best? Were there any spots in particular that you and your sweetheart found romantic? We’d love to hear about your experiences. And if you found this article useful, be sure to check out our blog on the best New York City date ideas. So, what are you waiting for? Share your stories with your loved one and enjoy the most romantic day ever.