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