Planet New York City
Lonely Planet Publications--ISBN 0864425023
Lonely Planet is highly regarded for its no-nonsense,
down-to-earth travel tips. Their guide to New York City
is no exception...
No public washrooms in sight...
"Anyone who spends time walking around New York City
will no doubt learn, to their discomfort, that there's
a serious dearth of accessible public toilets. Most
restaurants have signs specifically noting that bathrooms
are for "customers only," and many of the big department
stores (such as Macy's) keep their bathrooms
in rather shabby conditions, presumably to discourage
their use; other stores like the uptown Barney's
refuse to list toilets in their directories forcing
you to submit to scrutiny when you ask for one. (At
Barney's uptown the men's rooms are on the 2nd
and 4th floors, the women's room is on the 3rd floor.)
You can often find a lobby level toilet in a hotel,
but the tonier facilities frown on obvious outsiders
cruising in for the call of nature, and those around
Times Square don't usually offer public bathrooms.
Museum toilets are invariably located behind their admission
booth, and subway toilets are almost never open, with
the erratic exception of the bathrooms in the 34th
St./Sixth Ave. station, which appear to be available
but a few hours a day. And then there's the city's single
new public toilet, just behind City Hall..."