How do I love thee? Let me count the ways — FREE ways, that is, to celebrate Valentine’s Day in New York City. Actually, these suggestions are valid any other day of the year, too, even by yourself, without that special someone at your side —
- Renew your vows in Times Square — There’s a giant love-in at the Crossroads of the World on Valentine’s Day. Join the crowd on the Red Steps.
- Brooklyn Promenade at sunset — The view across the East River to lower Manhattan is spectacular any time of day, but especially at sunset, when the glass-covered buildings glow with a romantic pink-orange light.
- Staten Island Ferry — My choice would be after dark, when the Statue of Liberty is bathed in light, and the Manhattan skyline twinkles happily in the distance
- CitiPond at Bryant Park — Why pay to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Wollman Rink in Central Park, when this skating rink steps from Times Square is free.
- Central Park Bow Bridge – Stroll across what is arguably the most romantic spot in the city, the Venice-style Bow Bridge, which just happens to be the cover photo of my Peaceful Places New York City guidebook.