New York City’s best public bathroom?

I’m on a toilet trip this week, in part researching New York City’s public washrooms.

There are three automatic pay toilets (APTs) in the five boroughs. (You read
right: three toilets for a population of eight and a half million souls. I’ll get to
posting an explainer later about the lack of public pay bathrooms¬†in the world’s greatest city.)

So far, I’ve managed to hit one such APT, at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. Out of order. ūüôĀ

This isn’t to say I’m holding it. I visited¬†fantastically well maintained and beautiful public toilets in mid-town Manhattan at Herald Square and¬†Greeley Square (two mirror image bow-tie parks on Sixth Avenue; Herald is at 34th and Greeley is to the south). The toilets are clean, free and boast fresh flowers. Truly. Fresh flowers in glass vases.

IMG_6062“How often are these cleaned?” I asked an attendant who works for the¬†34th Street Partnership, the business improvement commission that manages the parks.

“All day.” ~~

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