Got a Prize-Winning Love Story?

A romantic dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. A walk along the Esplanade in Battery Park City. A blind date that led to a lifetime of happiness.

So many special moments can be captured in the one square mile that is Lower Manhattan.

So why not share the love – and be eligible to win a prize?

The Downtown Alliance proudly announces the Lower Manhattan Love Story, a chance to tell us how you fell in love in – or with – Lower Manhattan.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’d like to hear your story (in less than 500 words please). We’ve assembled a prestigious panel of Lower Manhattan judges who will pore over all contest entries and determine the winner.

What are we looking for? Personal accounts of how you met your life partner in Lower Manhattan, moved to the neighborhood because it was so special to you, fell head-over-heels in love with a park, view, or any other spot.

Our judges will be looking for the best “love” stories and choose a winner before Valentine’s Day.

Our panel: Toni Hinterstoisser, General Manager, Andaz Wall Street; Melissa Andreev, President, FiDi Association, Manager of La Maison du Chocolat; Christina Gambale, owner, Greenwich Jewelers; and, Sara Cancellaro, General Manager, Flowers of the World.

The contest ends on February 8, 2012. So send entries to ContactUs@DowntownNY.com  (subject line: Lower Manhattan Love Story) or Downtown Alliance, Att.: Lower Manhattan Love Story, 120 Broadway, Suite 3340, New York, NY, 10271. Entries must be received by midnight on February 8.

Because this is all about love, we have the ideal prize: a dinner for two at the upscale Wall & Water restaurant and a one-night weekend stay at the Andaz Wall Street hotel. Plus, Greenwich Jewelers is providing a $250 gift certificate to its store. And, the Downtown Express – our neighborhood’s premier local newspaper – will feature the winner in an upcoming issue.

Visit http://www.downtownny.com/lovestorycontest to learn the basic rules before you submit an entry.

We can’t wait to hear your story!

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