Central Park is awesome. I took my new camera to the Loeb Boathouse on Friday to test it out. While taking some pics from the iconic Bow Bridge, a couple in a gondola came by. Just as the guy began to propose, his friends (standing on the bridge beside me) jumped up screaming “Say Yes! Say Yes!” So much fun to watch!
Yes, it is a little cheesy, but if you are a visitor to NYC or a native, renting a boat in Central Park is something to try at least once. The gondola rides are on the pricier side – $45 per half hour – so if you are planning to propose, there is no time to be shy. A more reasonable option is to rent one of the row boats- $15 per hour (cash only!) with a $20 cash deposit. Each boat holds 4 people and the Loeb Boathouse provides life jackets. Enter the park in the east 70s and rent a boat from 10 am to 6 pm (weather permitting) from April to November.
A visit to the Cloisters in Fort Tyron Park in Upper Manhattan will transport you to Medieval Europe. It has architecture from five different European abbeys that were disassembled, shipped to NYC and then reconstructed in the 1930s. The gardens and abbeys here will make you feel like you have traveled in time and half way around the world. But, the A train to 190 street gets you here in under an hour from midtown.