It fell about 2.4 metres, police said. But that doesn't matter much.
Be it fate, or a stroke of good luck, Daniella Anthony and John Drennan are soon to be reunited with their precious piece of jewellery. Minutes later, the ring falls into a subway grate.
The pair, from Peterborough in the United Kingdom, had flown to NY to celebrate their 10-year dating anniversary.
'So so happy to have ring back!
The saga began just before midnight Friday in Times Square, the NYPD said. No doubt the ring will be returned to its owners in no time at all and the pair can have another go at their special moment.
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She continued to say that her own children were very excited about Christmas already as they has started preparing their Christmas songs at school.
The department later posted a photo of the ring in question.
"I am licensed to practice as a Proposal Location Judge and I would rate this one as a two in regards to kneeling over a grate", another user said. The ring was gone.
They also wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who stopped to help look at the scene.
They're now liasing with the police to get the ring back. The video shared by the NYPD shows a November 30 date stamp, at just before midnight.
Police were called, but the couple left after the ring could not be found. Police found the ring early the next morning. And, apparently, a young girl was a witness and hugged the newly engaged Daniella in a show of comfort.
NYPD's tweet, asking for help in finding the couple has been re-tweeted over 9,000 times.