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Guide To Manhattan bathrooms

They call it the City That Never Sleeps. But a closer description might be The City That Never Pees. Not for us the public, ahem, conveniences of Paris or London: Just try finding a bathroom when you need one. True, the city is adding porta-potties, but they can't be everywhere. So, we offer a list of public (or not so public but still accessible) facilities.


South Street Seaport, Pier 17. Take the escalators upstairs; bathrooms are clean and accessible although like just about everything else in the city, there's often a line. Blame the tourists.

World Financial Center. In the Winter Garden, these bathrooms are worth their weight in gold in a neighborhood that's big on amenities, not so big on necessities.

Angelica Film Center. You can get to the bathrooms from the cafe -- and you don't need a movie ticket (Mercer and Houston).

Soho Grand Hotel. In a neighborhood that should have plenty of pots to pee in, public ones are hard to find. With a little attitude (not uncommon in these parts), you can stride past the front desk and get to the bathrooms using the hallway.


Rockefeller Center. The bathrooms are downstairs on the shopping concourse, clean and well-kept, just like the rest of the place.

Penn Station. Near the Amtrak counters, they're not fancy (then again, how fancy do you need? They're bathrooms). But they attendants are always cleaning them.

Grand Central. Use the Vanderbilt Avenue entrance and head downstairs. They're utilitarian, but clean.

ESPN Zone in Times Square. Restaurants don't want non-patrons to use the bathrooms, but what man can resist TVs mounted over the urinals?

Waldorf Astoria. The decor is a little over the top, but what do you expect? The bathrooms are spacious and there are good mirrors.

Lord & Taylor. As you'd expect in this well-bred Fifth Avenue institution, a well-maintained bathroom.

Macy's. There are two bathrooms in the World's biggest Store. Avoid the one upstairs; you'll trail through every department in the place trying to find it. Instead, head for the marble-walled facilities downstairs in The Cellar.

Saks Fifth Ave. There are sofas and mirrors as well as the more basic facilities.


Brooklyn Museum of Art. Just inside the newly renovated facade are really nice bathrooms -- and you don't have to pay museum admission to use them.


Barnes & Noble. The bathrooms in the many branches are clean and well-kept. No bathroom reading allowed, though.

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