Convened around a 25-foot sculpture of one of the world's most iconic photographs, hundreds of couples celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Everyone knows Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous "V-J-Day in Times Square" photo: the American sailor tipping over the nurse uniformed in white, and kissing her full on the mouth.
It's captured the imagination of the whole nation, and inspired a slew of reenactments. But never before on such a scale.
The event was kicked off by Navy veterans Ray and Ellie Williams, who were married the day after the war ended. By-standers and passers-by were delighted at this show of affection and celebration of peace, all rolled into one.
91-year-old Ray remarked:
"Ellie and I are deeply honored and privileged to represent the greatest generation here today."
Hundreds of other couples followed suit. Some had came from far and wide to take part in the commemoration.
Roel van Dalen and Beatrijs Smulders, for instance, traveled all the way from Amsterdam.
"It's very beautiful to commemorate such an incredible event. Especially for us. We come from a country which was occupied by the Germans ... and we're still faced with all the horrifying stories of the war."