Had a bad day? Frustrated at life? Sometimes, you just need to scream out to the world and get rid of all that pent up energy! It’s quite therapeutic, really.
We’ve all had those days in the city where everything seems to be going wrong, and you don’t know whether you need to scream, cry, or both. (Usually both.) And while New Yorkers are used to coming across craziness and walking criers pretty regularly, a loud scream may still be somewhat alarming to the average passerby. That said, below we’ve compiled a list of places in NYC that double as great spots to just scream out all that internal frustration. [Although, we do miss having these punching bags around the city for that, too.]
1-6. Central Park
Honestly, if a park is large enough almost any will do the trick. Maybe don’t go to Belvedere Castle or Sheep Meadow (you know, to not instill fear in tourists and such), but considering it’s 840 acres large there’s certainly plenty of space for some frustrated yelling. Other solid park choices:
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park
- Prospect Park
- Pelham Bay Park
- Van Cortlandt Park
- Greenbelt Park
7. Brooklyn Bridge
Under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side is a small outlook for people (usually tourists) to take photos of the Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo waterfront. However, it’s one of those places that’s usually pretty empty during the winter months and can be the perfect spot to yell out over the water, maybe cry, and yet also take in such an iconic view of the bridge. It’s like your own stressful movie moment.
8. Subway Station
Hear us out! Sure, a scream in a subway station can be obnoxious and painful for everyone on the platform…but not when those loud express trains are zooming back and forth on the middle tracks. Maybe don’t scream out at the absolute top of your lungs, but it should do the trick after a rough day and before you get home to that glass of wine.
Any waterfront pier works, so find one that’s close to you and throw your anger out over the water with a good yell!
- Pier 15
- Pier 84
- West Harlem Piers Park
- Pier 1 (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
- Gantry Plaza State Park
- Pier 45 at Hudson River Park
- Pier 55 Little Island (Coming soon – see photo renderings here)
16. Coney Island
Whether you just want to scream from the beach, or scream from the top of Luna Park’s Cyclone rollercoaster, there are options. Luna Park will actually be opening soon (April 4), but until then you can take a walk along the boardwalk and decompress.
Also published on Medium.