Tears have been fetishized throughout history. The ancient Romans made “lachrymatories,” or tear bottles, in which they collected their tears and placed them in tombs as a sign of respect. Women were even paid to cry into these vessels during the mourning procession. Victorian tear bottles had special stoppers that allowed the tears to evaporate, and when they had, the mourning period was over. During the Civil War women collected their tears and saved them until their husbands returned from battle. This piece is my personal “tear map” of New York City.