Bryant Park

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Food Kiosks in Bryant Park

Bryant Park is a city park behind the New York Public Library. The lawn is lush and green and the flowers change seasonally. Bring your date to stretch out, dine al fresco, chat on the lawn or listen to the music in this beautiful garden.

But it is more than a garden. There are perfect urban amenities like reading rooms and hundreds of free and engaging activities including outdoor film screenings, various performances, games etc. Check out Bryant Park to know more info.

TIPS: You can also enjoy the free wireless network, and walking dog is permitted.

PRICE: Free

HOURS: Everyday 7a.m. – 10p.m.

LOCATION: Bryant Park is situated between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

 

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Central Park

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Central Park

Central park is huge!  There is so much to see and explore.  Bring your date on a beautiful walk and get lost in this curated haven.  Every view was designed and curated and there are so many wonderful options.  In the summer rent a row boat by Bethesda fountain or enter to win FREE tickets for Shakespeare in the park. Play ticket info. 

There is always the picnic option which is a great idea. Bring some simple snacks and a bottle of wine and enjoy each others company in this beautiful park.

Central Park Website

PRICE:  Free

Location:  Central Park stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West

TIP:  Combine Central park with another activity like visiting the Met Museum just a few blocks away.  Met Museum Date Idea.

Getting to Central Park
Central Park is easily accessible by subway:

1, 2, 3, B, and C trains along the west side
4, 5, 6 trains along the east side
A, B, C, D, 1, N, R, and Q trains on the south side

 

 

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Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge – photo to remember!!

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is a must.  Its a national historical landmark!  The architecture is stunning and the views jaw dropping.  It is such a cute outing to share with someone special.  There is a special walkway just for pedestrians and this wooden marvel is meant to be trodden upon.  So cross history and then have an ice cream in Brooklyn.  If you don’t wanna walk back you can take the subway or hop on the ferry for an addition $2.75.  Ferry Info

The bridge is 1.39 miles so expect about an hour to cross.  That’ll give you time to meander and to take some photos.

TIP:  The bridge is less crowed at night and very safe.  It doesn’t close until midnight.

Walking Brooklyn Bridge Info

DIRECTIONS BY SUBWAY:                                                                                                                          Take the 4, 5, or 6  trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Stop or the J or Z trains to Chambers St. Stop.

TIP:  Maybe you can make a goal to be in every borough together.  In that case the best way to Staten Island is Staten Island Ferry

 

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Prospect Park

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Prospect Park Lake

While Central Park is the most well known of NYC’s parks, there are actually about 1700 parks in the city. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s second largest public park, and also home to the Prospect Park Zoo.

Along with lots of great nature walks, running trails, and green lawns, the park also offers events throughout the year, from sports events to performances. So if you’re looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Prospect Park is the perfect place to lounge about on a beautiful day.

Prospect Park also borders the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, another great place to bring a date.

Estimated Cost: Free!
Hours of Operation: 5AM – 1AM daily
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Guggenheim Museum

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Guggenheim Museum – “I can see a tall building of a new type, perfectly appropriate to our purpose, having monumental dignity and great beauty” – Frank Lloyd Wright

The building alone is a work of art.  Created in 1943 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright the Guggenheim is seen as his masterpiece.  Inside is a world of art to explore.  Don’t become overwhelmed.  Take an hour or two and then leave for some ice cream or a walk through central park which is only 5 blocks away.

Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:45 p.m is pay what you wish.  This is the day for the bargain hunters who still want to take their honey out on an art date.

Audio guide is free which can be a great conversation starter and also very informative,

Guggenheim Website

LOCATION:    1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128  (between East 88th and 89th)

TIP:    Check out Central Park as you will be in the area!!

HOURS:    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM                    Saturdays 10:00 AM – 7:45 PM        Closed on Thursdays

Adults $15 Student and Seniors $10 Children free

 

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MOMA

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MoMa – The Starry Nights by Vincent Van Gogh

The Museum of Modern Art is not to be missed.   MOMA’s exhibits include drawing, painting, photography and statues. Important collections from 1880s to 1950s are displayed the 5th floor, which includes Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh.

With its stunning architecture and exhibits by such famous artists, you and your date are sure to have a beautiful evening. 

PRICE:  Free on Friday evenings (sponsored by UNIQLO) from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 

An audio guide is also free if you want some interesting tidbits for conversation starters.

Additional MOMA info

TIP:     The MOMA is close to Central Park so feel free to stroll though

LOCATION:    18 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019

Check out Central Park as you will be in the area!!

 

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Staten Island Ferry

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Lady Liberty

Create your very own Titanic moment riding the Staten Island Ferry.  Wave to Lady Liberty as you stand close to your date drinking in the ocean air.

Free romantic boat ride.

https://www.siferry.com/

The Ferry runs 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. More frequent service, (every 15 or 20 minutes,) is provided on the weekdays during the rush hours of 6:00AM- 9:30AM and 3:30PM-8:00PM, with 30-minute service to follow. On weekends, service is provided every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays.

Directions by subway 

1 train to South Ferry Station (you must be in one of the first 5 cars) CLOSEST OPTION

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R train to Whitehall Street — a short two-block walk to the terminal

Upon arriving to Staten Island feel free to explore or walk through the terminal and take the next ferry back to Manhattan

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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Whitney Museum Staircase

The Whitney’s permanent collection features only American Artists and the different seasonal exhibitions focus on unique and intriguing artists.  This is an edgy home grown must see.  Explore with your date and find pieces that speak to you.  Then speak about them with your date!

PRICE:  Free for CUNY students!

Free on Fridays from 7 PM – 10 PM

TIP:  The High Line’s entrance is just outside the museum, High Line Date so this is a great opportunity to combine dates!

Whitney info.

 

 

 

 

 

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The High Line

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The High Line – Historic High Line Park

Explore NYC from above the city streets — The High Line.  This public park was re-purposed from old unused railroad lines.  View art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, or just sit, relax and people watch.

A free romantic park – perfect for holding hands or stealing a kiss.

http://www.thehighline.org

Access points are located at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., 17th St., 20th St., 23rd St., 26th St., 28th St., 30th St. and 10th Ave., 30th St. and 11th Ave., and 34th St. The entrances at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., and 30th St. are accessible by elevator. The entrance at 34th St. is a wheelchair accessible ramp.

Spring hours: April 1 through May 31
7am – 10pm

Summer hours: June 1 through September 30
7am – 11pm

Fall hours: October 1 through November 30
7am – 10pm

Winter hours: December 1 through March 31
7am – 7pm

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Franklin Park Reading Series

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Franklin Park Reading Series

Looking to impress a literary-inclined date? The Franklin Park Reading Series invites a group of emerging and established authors each month to read at their venue in Crown Heights. Featuring everyone from best-selling authors like Roxanne Gay and Jennifer Egan, to contemporary experimental writers like Christine Schutt and Diane Williams, there’s something for every kind of reader.

Hidden between an apartment building and the bustling Franklin Avenue, Franklin Park is a beer garden open all throughout the year. In addition to the reading, the bar will offer $5 drafts as well as a free raffle for the featured authors’ books.

PRICE:  Free

Franklin Reading Series info

WHEN: Second Monday of each month at 8:00 PM

Franklin Park
618 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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