For many New Yorkers, there’s nothing better than a stroll with a sweetheart. Central Park has many places for folks to visit when love is in the air, but one of the most romantic spots is the Pond; a beautiful oasis right alongside the hustle and bustle of Grand Army Plaza in midtown.
The focal point of the area is the magnificent Gapstow Bridge, which has helped usher people across the Pond for over a century. With its beautiful view of the surrounding foliage and the towering Manhattan skyline, men in the throes of a passionate impulse have used Gapstow Bridge as the place to profess their love and/or propose to their significant other.
But be warned all you Don Juans out there; Gapstow Bridge has been nicknamed “Heartbreak Bridge” by city historians for a few reported incidents when these romantic gestures completely and utterly failed:
In 1898, local seamstress Helen Montclave rejected the marriage proposal of longtime beau Fredrick Huesen. This incident is especially significant in city history because Miss Montclave was the first woman ever to use the “it’s not you, it’s me” excuse in the ending a relationship.
1917 – Brooklyn resident Gabriel Primm presented his girlfriend Abigail Stewart with a ring and asked for her hand in marriage, informing her that if she refuses he will join the army and face certain doom on the battlefields of Germany. Miss Stewart gave the ring back to Gabriel and told him to have a good time at the war.
1929 – Edgar Morrison was crossing Grand Army Plaza to meet his fiancée Emma Smith at Gapstow Bridge when he was killed by a falling investment banker who lost everything in the stock market crash. Miss Smith, while devastated to hear the news, was looking for a way out of the engagement anyway.
Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Central Park: A Misguide!