Numerous gym locker-sized locks hang from the railings off the pedestrian path of the Brooklyn Bridge after love-struck tourists put them there following a romantic ritual birthed in Italy. The symbolic gesture of everlasting infatuation popped up in Rome about 7 years ago as locals started copying the lustful characters in Italian author Federico Moccia’s popular novel “Ho Voglia di Te”, or “I Want You” in Italian. The trend then spread to Paris & now it has become a noticeable act of romance for young lovers visiting NYC …… Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thanks to Instagram user @vividhues_nyc for the submission.