New York City’s bustling Times Square was eerily silent on Sunday morning as reality star/real estate agent Ryan Serhant got down on one knee to propose to girlfriend Emilia Bechrakis with a huge radiant-cut diamond set on a plain white-metal band.
With the help of the Mayor’s office and 50 NYPD officers, the hunky lead character of Bravo’s primetime Million Dollar Listing New York used his celebrity status to effectively shut down one of the busiest parts of the city — from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. — to make the occasion truly memorable.
"No one has ever done something like this. But I'm only going to propose once in my life, so I wanted to make sure that I did something special," Serhant told E! News.
The epic proposal will be featured in the upcoming fourth season of the popular show, which airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Spoiler alert: Bechrakis said, “Yes!”
See the simple, but lovely, engagement ring at E! News… Click link
On Monday, Serhant posted a photo of the Times Square proposal to his Facebook page along with this explanation: “Yesterday morning I shut down Times Square and a little boy from Texas (me) proposed to a little girl from Greece (Emilia) in this crazy city called New York. I need to say thank you for the help of 50 NYPD officers, the Mayor's office, and the Times Square Alliance. We had the heart of this city completely to ourselves. Like I've always said... GO BIG OR GO HOME.” The post was punctuated by a diamond icon.
Serhant seemed to impressed by the power of Facebook and social media when he commented later, "Is this what going viral is? 284,000 likes? 16 million people??"
The 29-year-old Bechrakis, who is an attorney, was floored by the over-the-top proposal. She told E! News, “I was not expecting this at all. He's really outdone himself!"
The 30-year-old, 6’3” native of Houston and former soap actor has made a name for himself as one of New York City's top real estate brokers. Million Dollar Listing New York chronicles the adventures of Serhant and two other real estate agents as they strive to sell some of the priciest properties in the five boroughs.