Throughout New York City, there are restroom facilities you can use while you’re out and about sightseeing. A few tips:
You can find a full list of New York City parks with public restrooms at the Parks Department website. The public restroom in Bryant Park—replete with attendants, Toto toilets and fixtures, a classical-music soundtrack and fresh flowers—is perhaps the most notable one in the City.
Other popular public restrooms include those at transportation hubs like Grand Central Terminal. And New York City Police Department stations will let you use their bathrooms if you ask.
The City contracted years ago to build 20 automatic public toilets; most remain in a warehouse in Queens. So far, there is one facility in Madison Square Park and another at Plaza de Las Americas (on West 175th Street) in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, one at Corona Plaza in Queens and one at Fordham Plaza in the Bronx. It costs 25 cents for 15 minutes of use (payment can be made with quarters, dimes or nickels). The New York City Department of Transportation says that it hopes to expand the program and is actively seeking approvals for additional locations throughout the City.
Lastly, most sizable department stores, large-chain bookstores and restaurants offer restroom facilities for their customers.