Top photo by Steven; others by Stacie Joy and EVG
Updated 3/6: Well, the restrooms were closed again today. According to a Parks employee, new toilets were installed, but the flange was faulty and leaking. Plumbers are expected to fix the problem tomorrow.
To the amazement of some parkgoers yesterday, the public restrooms were back open at Tompkins Square Park for the first since early November... (the restrooms were open again today)...last November that a malfunctioning boiler and a broken pipe in the basement of the field house were to blame for the toilet closures. And the Parks Department decided to wait for the field house reconstruction — set to start this month — to make the repairs.
So, despite a malfunctioning boiler and broken pipe, the restrooms were in the usual working order yesterday (even running water in the sinks!). However, the restrooms designated for boys and girls were still closed on the other side of the field house due to "mechanical issues."
During the 18-month reconstruction project, parkgoers are expected to use restrooms at the McKinley Playground on Fourth Street between Avenue A and First Avenue adjacent to P.S. 63/the Neighborhood School.
Thanks to Derek Berg for being the first to send out the opening alert! 🙌
The mens room looks like walking into the third ring of hell. No thanks. I'll hold it in until I get home.
You should feel flushed with success at pulling off that spot-on pun in the head-er.
I love you so much for that pun. First laugh of the day!
At least new signs say due instead of do
I seriously doubt the bathrooms were closed due to an issue with water, more like trying to keep the homeless out of the park.
What time those bathrooms used to get closed?
It was nice to be able to use the bathroom in our park today. NO ONE believed that "broken pipes" story.
Truth be told, it WAS pretty DISGUSTING in there, due to those who have NO respect for that or any other public restrooms. that is a shame.
From what I see, the entire building does NOT need to be demolished. The bathrooms could simply be remodeled, with state of the art toilets that cannot be clogged (they have them at rest stops on highways), an exhaust fan to keep them aired out and, a dedicated person who mops and cleans every hour or so. If do-nothing councilmember Rivera can allocate $150k for the dude to stand on Avenue B looking at his cell phone all day while deploying traffic barriers that force vehicles and bikers into oncoming traffic lanes in order to get around them, then TSP bathroom janitors, whose work would be much MORE useful, would not really be out of the question.
Meanwhile, until either the existing bathrooms are renovated or until new bathrooms are created, at the very LEAST, there need to be two male and two female porta-johns for public use in our park.
- Chris Flash
There really is no amount of money that you could pay me to monitor the Mens bathroom in this park
The men's bathroom in this park is one of the most disgusting bathrooms I've ever seen. None of the stalls had doors and when I walked in there was a guy sitting on one of the toilets shooting up.
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