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New York City’s best places to cry in public, mapped

Because sometimes life comes at you fast

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New Yorkers have developed a reputation for being able to handle whatever life throws at us, but let’s face it: we all get overwhelmed at times. The good news is with everything else going on at any given moment in the city, crying is not a transgression that many people will notice—so if you’re feeling frustrated, or sad, or angry, it’s okay to weep in public. (There’s even a website, NYC Crying Guide, that’s been chronicling the best and worst places to do so since 2014.)

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our editors’ picks for the best places in the city for a good sob session, from the Staten Island Ferry to the fancy bathrooms in Bryant Park. Got another spot where weeping openly won’t elicit odd stares? Let us know in the comments.

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1. Staten Island Ferry

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4 South St
New York, NY
(212) 839-3061
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Because there’s something oddly romantic about weeping quietly to yourself on a boat as it glides across New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty provides a rather cinematic background, too.

A person stands on the deck of the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. In the distance are the tall buildings of the New York City skyline. Getty Images

2. West Village

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We’re not going to recommend any one street in this Manhattan neighborhood; the thing that makes it perfect for a good public cry is the fact that there are so many small, hidden side streets, that it’s easy to let yourself wander and work through those emotions that’ve been welling up inside.

A West Village street with a motorbike. The building on the corner has a light grey facade. Shutterstock

3. Strand Book Store

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828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-1452
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With 18 miles of books, there are plenty of spots where you won’t be noticed if you’re having an emotional moment.

The Strand Book Store in New York City. There are many books on tall shelves. A person is squatting looking at books on a lower shelf. AP

4. Chelsea Piers

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62 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY
(212) 336-6800
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Chelsea Piers isn’t on this list due to its lack of activity but more for its location and scenery. It’s relatively easy to tune people out here so go ahead and grab a bench, gaze out onto the water, and let your emotions run free.

Chelsea Piers in New York City. There are various parts of the piers in front of many tall city buildings. Shutterstock

5. Bryant Park bathrooms

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E 42nd St
New York, NY
(212) 768-4242
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The public bathrooms within Bryant Park happen to be among the nicest park bathrooms that you’ll find anywhere in the city, and you know what that means: tissues when you need them most!

The exterior of a public bathroom in Bryant Park. The facade is concrete and the door is arched. Jane Kratochvil Photography/Bryant Park Facebook

6. Ford Foundation atrium

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Ford Foundation Building, 320 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017

The benefits of this newly opened public space for weepy New Yorkers are numerous: It’s open to the public; it’s a serene oasis; there’s lot of space where you can sit by yourself.

The interior of the Ford Foundation Atrium in New York City. There are multiple tall trees and plants. There is a large skylight. Getty Images

7. Tudor City Greens

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38 Tudor City Pl
New York, NY 10017

Tudor City, on the east side of Manhattan, feels like it’s a world away from the rest of the city. It’s quiet and affords you a bit a bit of privacy; plus, it’s so filled with greenery that you can easily play it off like you’re crying due to allergies, should you need to.

A path in Tudor City Greens in New York City. There are various plots with blooming flowers and trees. Getty Images/iStockphoto

8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710
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The Met is enormous, meaning there are plenty of places to sneak off and hide if you need a quick cry. It may seem counterintuitive, but some of the best spots are the most crowded ones—no one will notice if you’re quietly weeping on one of the seating areas in the Temple of Dendur, for example.

The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are multiple historic buildings within a room with walls that have floor to ceiling windows. Getty

9. American Museum of Natural History

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200 Central Park W
New York, NY
(212) 769-5100
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This may seem like an unlikely candidate, what with all of the school kids and commotion, but here’s the thing: There are so many nooks and crannies within this vast museum that you can easily sneak away for a moment of reprieve. Our recommendation: Head to the panorama section or dip into one of the theaters—who doesn’t want a comfy seat when they cry?  

The exterior of the American Museum of Natural History. The facade is white with columns. Shutterstock

10. Fort Tryon Park

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Riverside, Dr To Broadway
New York, NY 10040
(212) 795-1388
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Skip the Cloisters and head to the benches overlooking the Palisades, across the Hudson River—the scenery will be a balm after you’ve spent some time deep in your feelings.

Park benches, trees, and a path in Fort Tryon Park in New York City. In the distance is a body of water. Shutterstock

11. WNYC Transmitter Park

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2 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY

When it comes to crying in a park, WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint has a few advantages: It’s discreet, it has stellar views of the city, and there are piers that you can stroll on and let the East River catch your tears.

12. Ikea Brooklyn

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1 Beard St
Brooklyn, NY
(888) 888-4532
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Remember that episode of 30 Rock in which Liz Lemon and her boyfriend, Criss, take a trip to the Ikea in Red Hook—and get in a massive fight that nearly ends their relationship? Yeah, that’s not totally fictional; at any given moment, you’ll likely see someone having some kind of meltdown at Ikea. What that means: if you need to have a quiet cry—or, hell, a hysterical jag—it’s highly unlikely that anyone will notice.

The interior of Ikea Brooklyn. There are many items of furniture on shelves and stacked on the floor. Shutterstock

13. Green-Wood Cemetery

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500 25th St
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 210-3080
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Well, you won’t look out of place if you’re weeping here—it is a cemetery, after all. But there’s something about the Gothic architecture and the overall vibe of this Brooklyn landmark that lends itself to ennui, so go ahead and let the tears fly if need be.

Greenwood cemetery in New York City. There are multiple varied tombstones and trees in the foreground. In the distance are the tall city buildings of the New York City skyline. Getty Images/fStop

14. The G train

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If you time it right, the G train makes the perfect setting for a good subway cry. It’s one of those lines that doesn’t get much action and during off-peak hours, you’re almost guaranteed privacy to get your you-know-what together.

The interior of the G train in New York City. The seats are orange. There is a subway map on the wall.

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1. Staten Island Ferry

4 South St, New York, NY
A person stands on the deck of the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. In the distance are the tall buildings of the New York City skyline. Getty Images

Because there’s something oddly romantic about weeping quietly to yourself on a boat as it glides across New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty provides a rather cinematic background, too.

4 South St
New York, NY

2. West Village

New York, NY
A West Village street with a motorbike. The building on the corner has a light grey facade. Shutterstock

We’re not going to recommend any one street in this Manhattan neighborhood; the thing that makes it perfect for a good public cry is the fact that there are so many small, hidden side streets, that it’s easy to let yourself wander and work through those emotions that’ve been welling up inside.

3. Strand Book Store

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
The Strand Book Store in New York City. There are many books on tall shelves. A person is squatting looking at books on a lower shelf. AP

With 18 miles of books, there are plenty of spots where you won’t be noticed if you’re having an emotional moment.

828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

4. Chelsea Piers

62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY
Chelsea Piers in New York City. There are various parts of the piers in front of many tall city buildings. Shutterstock

Chelsea Piers isn’t on this list due to its lack of activity but more for its location and scenery. It’s relatively easy to tune people out here so go ahead and grab a bench, gaze out onto the water, and let your emotions run free.

62 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY

5. Bryant Park bathrooms

E 42nd St, New York, NY
The exterior of a public bathroom in Bryant Park. The facade is concrete and the door is arched. Jane Kratochvil Photography/Bryant Park Facebook

The public bathrooms within Bryant Park happen to be among the nicest park bathrooms that you’ll find anywhere in the city, and you know what that means: tissues when you need them most!

E 42nd St
New York, NY

6. Ford Foundation atrium

Ford Foundation Building, 320 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017
The interior of the Ford Foundation Atrium in New York City. There are multiple tall trees and plants. There is a large skylight. Getty Images

The benefits of this newly opened public space for weepy New Yorkers are numerous: It’s open to the public; it’s a serene oasis; there’s lot of space where you can sit by yourself.

Ford Foundation Building, 320 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017

7. Tudor City Greens

38 Tudor City Pl, New York, NY 10017
A path in Tudor City Greens in New York City. There are various plots with blooming flowers and trees. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Tudor City, on the east side of Manhattan, feels like it’s a world away from the rest of the city. It’s quiet and affords you a bit a bit of privacy; plus, it’s so filled with greenery that you can easily play it off like you’re crying due to allergies, should you need to.

38 Tudor City Pl
New York, NY 10017

8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are multiple historic buildings within a room with walls that have floor to ceiling windows. Getty

The Met is enormous, meaning there are plenty of places to sneak off and hide if you need a quick cry. It may seem counterintuitive, but some of the best spots are the most crowded ones—no one will notice if you’re quietly weeping on one of the seating areas in the Temple of Dendur, for example.

1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028

9. American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park W, New York, NY
The exterior of the American Museum of Natural History. The facade is white with columns. Shutterstock

This may seem like an unlikely candidate, what with all of the school kids and commotion, but here’s the thing: There are so many nooks and crannies within this vast museum that you can easily sneak away for a moment of reprieve. Our recommendation: Head to the panorama section or dip into one of the theaters—who doesn’t want a comfy seat when they cry?  

200 Central Park W
New York, NY

10. Fort Tryon Park

Riverside, Dr To Broadway, New York, NY 10040
Park benches, trees, and a path in Fort Tryon Park in New York City. In the distance is a body of water. Shutterstock

Skip the Cloisters and head to the benches overlooking the Palisades, across the Hudson River—the scenery will be a balm after you’ve spent some time deep in your feelings.

Riverside, Dr To Broadway
New York, NY 10040

11. WNYC Transmitter Park

2 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

When it comes to crying in a park, WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint has a few advantages: It’s discreet, it has stellar views of the city, and there are piers that you can stroll on and let the East River catch your tears.

2 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY

12. Ikea Brooklyn

1 Beard St, Brooklyn, NY
The interior of Ikea Brooklyn. There are many items of furniture on shelves and stacked on the floor. Shutterstock

Remember that episode of 30 Rock in which Liz Lemon and her boyfriend, Criss, take a trip to the Ikea in Red Hook—and get in a massive fight that nearly ends their relationship? Yeah, that’s not totally fictional; at any given moment, you’ll likely see someone having some kind of meltdown at Ikea. What that means: if you need to have a quiet cry—or, hell, a hysterical jag—it’s highly unlikely that anyone will notice.

1 Beard St
Brooklyn, NY

13. Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY
Greenwood cemetery in New York City. There are multiple varied tombstones and trees in the foreground. In the distance are the tall city buildings of the New York City skyline. Getty Images/fStop

Well, you won’t look out of place if you’re weeping here—it is a cemetery, after all. But there’s something about the Gothic architecture and the overall vibe of this Brooklyn landmark that lends itself to ennui, so go ahead and let the tears fly if need be.

500 25th St
Brooklyn, NY

14. The G train

Brooklyn, NY
The interior of the G train in New York City. The seats are orange. There is a subway map on the wall.

If you time it right, the G train makes the perfect setting for a good subway cry. It’s one of those lines that doesn’t get much action and during off-peak hours, you’re almost guaranteed privacy to get your you-know-what together.

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