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Philly’s top 10 places for crying in public, mapped

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While Philly is famous for its citizens’ grit and mettle, we’re still human. We weep. Actual tears and not some combination of runoff cheesesteak grease and sports fervor. Sometimes when things don’t go our way, it’s appropriate to make a public showing of angst because that’s what we do: We make our displeasure known.

Perfect for both exhibitionist criers and meek weepers alike, we’ve compiled a list of public spots to let out a good wail from the chaotic comfort of Reading Terminal Market to the private solace in the depths of the Navy Yard.

Do you have a favorite place to cope that we didn't include? Let us know in the comments. We won't judge.

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1. The Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA

Yeah, technically this should be a place of triumph, but what they didn’t show when Rocky reached the top of the steps was the four-hour cry that followed. Whether you stay at the bottom or challenge your quads through the burn to the summit, there’s still a part of you that wonders if this was the best use of your time. No one will blame you if you take a teary-eyed selfie here.

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2. Front window-facing seat on the El

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Who knew sitting next to a pile of dirty napkins and crumpled newspapers could be this exciting? The closer you sit to the front of the car, the less likely you are to see anyone you know. Also, the window seat is ideal for prime city landscape views while your tears effectively clean the dirty panes just like every sad travel montage from your favorite rom com.

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3. Reading Terminal Market

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA

Deep within the canals of one of the country’s most famous culinary delights are nooks and crannies perfect for a cry. Boasting over 70 merchants from bakeries to Thai cuisine, Reading Terminal Market is where your hanger comes to die, or your indecision brings you to tears. Regardless of your locale within the market, there’s a deli counter, line or horde of tourists to mask your sobs. Afterwards, there’s always binge-eating whatever foodstuffs get you going—donuts, German sausages, rotisserie chicken.

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4. Kurt Vile Mural

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There’s something about the openness of the parking lot which this mural faces that provides an equal playing field between you, sobbing and exasperated, and everyone else, walking to get a beer. It’s not even like Vile’s tunes have driven you to tears, it’s just this was a really convenient place to stop to cry in the middle of the day: it’s flat and unthreatening as hell. Just pretend Kurt is right there with you, strumming along elegantly.

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5. Clark Park

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4503 Kingsessing Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Spread over nine acres in West Philly, Clark Park holds summer movie nights and theatrical performances so no one will really mind that you’re alone on a blanket sobbing. The cries are scenic during the day, too! With wide open fields and plenty of shaded areas, you can kill two birds with one stone and enjoy nature while confronting your demons. For a quick tissue, pop into the coffee shops and restaurants along Baltimore Avenue and ask for a handful of napkins.

6. The Navy Yard

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4747 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA

The southernmost part of the city provides a calming view of the Delaware and, if you look hard enough, New Jersey. Wander to where the ferry used to dock, transporting workers to and from the naval shipyard, for a serene cry, letting the riverfront breeze cleanse your mind and soul. Hang there for any period of time and you’ll be treated to a good view of planes overhead making their descent to the airport.

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7. Betsy Ross House

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239 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA

There’s nothing quite like racing a group of fourth graders on a field trip through this historical landmark. Though a transparent plastic barrier prevents you from crawling into Betsy Ross’s own bed, the comfort of being in her bedroom provides solace. Supposedly haunted by Betsy’s ghost who moans throughout the house from time to time, weepers have an easy out if anyone claims the whimpers took away from the educational resources.

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8. City Hall Courtyard

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Stand in the compass in the center of the courtyard because nothing screams “My life has direction!” like a person crying on a painted compass. The foot traffic passing through brings people of all backgrounds who will keep their heads down as you search for meaning. Given City Hall’s proximity to many Center City offices, this space is good for lunch break sobs. Your next epiphany could happen here.

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9. Ikea parking lot

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2206 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

You’re in need of some form of home good, hence your visit to Ikea in the first place, but the reason for such home good is potentially rooted in a life transition. You’re vulnerable, full of meatballs and the parking lot is spacious enough where you can pull into a spot close to Chick-fil-A and prepare for the eventuality of when you can't back into the pickup parking spots and end up dragging your Malm to the car alone.

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10. Rodin Museum courtyard

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929 South St
Philadelphia, PA

After a long day, you have more in common with "The Thinker" statue than you do with your own family. Embrace the sculpture's pose and watch the tears fall to the ground. The serenity of the gardens with its central reflecting pool and lush shrubs is sure to bring inner peace when everything else feels too chaotic to function.

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1. The Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA
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Yeah, technically this should be a place of triumph, but what they didn’t show when Rocky reached the top of the steps was the four-hour cry that followed. Whether you stay at the bottom or challenge your quads through the burn to the summit, there’s still a part of you that wonders if this was the best use of your time. No one will blame you if you take a teary-eyed selfie here.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA

2. Front window-facing seat on the El

Philadelphia, PA

Who knew sitting next to a pile of dirty napkins and crumpled newspapers could be this exciting? The closer you sit to the front of the car, the less likely you are to see anyone you know. Also, the window seat is ideal for prime city landscape views while your tears effectively clean the dirty panes just like every sad travel montage from your favorite rom com.

3. Reading Terminal Market

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA
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Deep within the canals of one of the country’s most famous culinary delights are nooks and crannies perfect for a cry. Boasting over 70 merchants from bakeries to Thai cuisine, Reading Terminal Market is where your hanger comes to die, or your indecision brings you to tears. Regardless of your locale within the market, there’s a deli counter, line or horde of tourists to mask your sobs. Afterwards, there’s always binge-eating whatever foodstuffs get you going—donuts, German sausages, rotisserie chicken.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA

4. Kurt Vile Mural

Philadelphia, PA

There’s something about the openness of the parking lot which this mural faces that provides an equal playing field between you, sobbing and exasperated, and everyone else, walking to get a beer. It’s not even like Vile’s tunes have driven you to tears, it’s just this was a really convenient place to stop to cry in the middle of the day: it’s flat and unthreatening as hell. Just pretend Kurt is right there with you, strumming along elegantly.

5. Clark Park

4503 Kingsessing Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Spread over nine acres in West Philly, Clark Park holds summer movie nights and theatrical performances so no one will really mind that you’re alone on a blanket sobbing. The cries are scenic during the day, too! With wide open fields and plenty of shaded areas, you can kill two birds with one stone and enjoy nature while confronting your demons. For a quick tissue, pop into the coffee shops and restaurants along Baltimore Avenue and ask for a handful of napkins.

4503 Kingsessing Ave
Philadelphia, PA

6. The Navy Yard

4747 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The southernmost part of the city provides a calming view of the Delaware and, if you look hard enough, New Jersey. Wander to where the ferry used to dock, transporting workers to and from the naval shipyard, for a serene cry, letting the riverfront breeze cleanse your mind and soul. Hang there for any period of time and you’ll be treated to a good view of planes overhead making their descent to the airport.

4747 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA

7. Betsy Ross House

239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA
Wikimedia Commons

There’s nothing quite like racing a group of fourth graders on a field trip through this historical landmark. Though a transparent plastic barrier prevents you from crawling into Betsy Ross’s own bed, the comfort of being in her bedroom provides solace. Supposedly haunted by Betsy’s ghost who moans throughout the house from time to time, weepers have an easy out if anyone claims the whimpers took away from the educational resources.

239 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA

8. City Hall Courtyard

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Stand in the compass in the center of the courtyard because nothing screams “My life has direction!” like a person crying on a painted compass. The foot traffic passing through brings people of all backgrounds who will keep their heads down as you search for meaning. Given City Hall’s proximity to many Center City offices, this space is good for lunch break sobs. Your next epiphany could happen here.

9. Ikea parking lot

2206 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

You’re in need of some form of home good, hence your visit to Ikea in the first place, but the reason for such home good is potentially rooted in a life transition. You’re vulnerable, full of meatballs and the parking lot is spacious enough where you can pull into a spot close to Chick-fil-A and prepare for the eventuality of when you can't back into the pickup parking spots and end up dragging your Malm to the car alone.

2206 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

10. Rodin Museum courtyard

929 South St, Philadelphia, PA
Rodin Museum Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

After a long day, you have more in common with "The Thinker" statue than you do with your own family. Embrace the sculpture's pose and watch the tears fall to the ground. The serenity of the gardens with its central reflecting pool and lush shrubs is sure to bring inner peace when everything else feels too chaotic to function.

929 South St
Philadelphia, PA