Where Are the Public Bathrooms in New York City?

Janes Walk

Led By Julie Chou

Accessible, clean, and safe public bathrooms are a necessity in a city as large, dense, and diverse as New York. Public bathrooms are a basic need, a human right, a public health concern, and a necessary piece of urban infrastructure. There are about 1,100 public bathrooms in NYC for a city of 8.8 million and an annual $66 million visitors (pre-pandemic).
We will explore 6 different public bathroom typologies in the midtown area:
1. POPS Restroom – 120 Park Avenue
2. BID bathroom – Bryant Park Bathroom
3. Privately funded MTA bathroom – Times Square subway bathroom
4. Penn Station – one of the only 24/7 public bathrooms
5. Olivieri drop-in center – West 30th Street
6. Automated Public Toilet – Madison Square Park
Please see public bathroom report here: https://urbandesignforum.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Need-for-Public-Bathrooms.pdf

This will be a walk from 42nd street to 23rd street but should be a fully accessible walk.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 7, 2022
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy
Language: English
Bryant Park and the main branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Leifern.