Rebecca Booker and Gregory Shenkman were set up on a double date by their mutual friends in June of 2006; four years later, in July of 2010, Greg had picked out the engagement ring and it was burning a hole in his pocket. The weather only exacerbated Greg’s nerves since it was right in the middle of an infamous summer-in-Manhattan heat wave.
The couple chose to head to Babbo, a nearby restaurant, hoping to escape the heat, but they found no refuge there, either. “It was really hot in the restaurant, almost one-hundred degrees,” Rebecca says. “I don't know if he...