Did Scouting NY Readers Help A Guy Get Engaged?

A few weeks ago, I ran a post about a guy who emailed me for help in finding a unique New York location to propose to his girlfriend. I turned the question over to Scouting NY readers asking for original ideas (not the Empire State Building observatory!), and we received a ton of really great options. Since then, I’ve been waiting to hear what was chosen and how it all went down…

I received a follow-up email on Friday, and incredibly, it was the very first suggestion made by reader Brendan that was picked for the big moment: the Whispering Gallery outside the Oyster Bar at Grand Central!


The beautiful vaulted ceilings here inadvertently create a pretty magical effect: stand facing the wall at any corner and speak (or whisper), and your voice will be mysteriously transported to anyone standing at the opposite corner. Writes our lovelorn reader:

I had never seen the whispering arches before (and neither had she, luckily). I went to check them out and an old artist couple helped me try them out. I liked the sound, and when I told them why I was there, they loved it and shared their many interpretations of the significance of the four arches (stability in marriage, four corners of the earth, protection…). A great omen.


I arranged for my girlfriend to meet me in Grand Central to pass the time until our dinner reservations on the East Side, and I told her that I wanted to show her something cool that I found in the terminal.


We walked to the arches and played around with the whispering for a little, then I shifted my tone and told her how much I care about her, among other nice things. She turned around, I was on one knee, and she ran over to my corner amidst a stream of commuters. She said yes, and we happily walked to dinner.

Thanks so much to everyone for their suggestions! The whole thing went really well, and we are really excited for the future!

Great news! And for anyone in a similar predicament, plenty of unique NY-centric proposal ideas can be found here!


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  1. Congratulations! I am happy to know that the results were positive!

  2. Awwwww! So sweet, got me misty eyed at lunchtime! May you both be blessed with years of health and happiness!

  3. OH MY GOD< I JUST DID A SPIT TAKE? i made that happen?

    i did mine in front of tiffanys with breakfast, i mean im gay so we cant get married for real.

    congrats! SO HAPPY FOR YOU! /from mystery person on the internet who shared my favorite place in new york with.

    love brendan kennedy

  4. Nicely done! While I normally scoff at sappy stuff, there’s a scene in the 1996 film “Breathing Room” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115754/) that takes place at the whispering arches that gets me all misty every time.

    What a sweet story. Best of wishes to the happy couple!

  5. Judy, from Just Imagine sent me over here….I grew up in NYC and I know The Oyster Bar…but not that “whispering” place..(It’s a l-o-n-g time simce I was in Grand Central….
    Wonderful story and Wonderful pictures, too!
    GREAT Choice for a “Will You Marry Me”…..!

  6. Mazel Tov! (definitely on my list to see the next time I come for a visit, a list thats getting longer by the day thanks to this site!)

  7. Congratulations! Happy to hear that the outcome was positive!

    We actually have a whispering gallery here in Butler Library at Columbia, in the dome of the lobby. One overhears quite a bit of inadvertent conversation there.