When the couple asked police for help, emergency service officers could not immediately find the ring - but continued looking after the couple left.
The panicked couple sought the help of the police to find the diamond ring, which had fallen nearly 2.5m into the city's utility system.
All was not lost - police found the ring at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
NY police are trying to find the ring's owners.
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The NYPD are seeking the public's help in finding the pair in the hope of performing a Christmas miracle by reuniting them with their ring. "Help us find them?"
According to police, the would-be groom was so excited after popping the question that he dropped his fiancée's ring on Friday evening before she could put it on.
Police later managed to retrieve the ring and clean it and the hapless couple gave up searching for it. He has short brown hair and a manicured beard.
The New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square attract over a million visitors from the USA and around the world every year.