Where to find free and accessible toilets in New York

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Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Located in the basement of Chelsea Market is a perfect bathroom. This retro-chic bathroom is extremely clean, handicapped accessible and has a self-sanitizing changing table!

Apple Store on 5th Avenue
767 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10153
This bathroom will be there for you no matter what time of day. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is accessible to people with reduced mobility and equipped with a changing table.

Bryant Park
Classical music, art on the walls, fresh flowers and friendly attendants who keep this masterpiece of a bathroom so clean, Bryant Park restrooms make you feel like royalty – not to mention the closest thing to magic on earth: Auto-changing toilet seat covers! This bathroom should be a tourist destination.

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Queens Public Library at Steinway
21-45 31st St, Queens, NY 11105
Public libraries are always there for you and your bladder. This place is especially welcoming after undergoing a nearly $5 million renovation earlier this year to make the building and its bathrooms more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Barnes & Noble at Park Slope
267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Like New York’s public libraries, bookstores are known to be a safe haven for relief. Head downstairs to this Barnes & Noble to find Park Slope’s most trusted bathroom.

The Hoxton
97 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
This hotel has the most Instagrammable public restrooms in all of Williamsburg. The cabins have floor-to-ceiling doors, it’s not crowded, and each sink is stocked with premium soaps. The lobby is elegant and filled with comfortable armchairs, making it a perfect place to work or charge your phone.

Staten Island

St. George Ferry Terminal
The terminal is equipped with several clean and accessible bathrooms, each with changing tables and large cabins.

The Bronx

Burlington
1925 Turnbull Ave, Bronx, NY 10473
The bathrooms are on the second floor.

Van Cortlandt Nature Center
246th Street and, Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471
This park is known for being home to the nation’s first public golf course, the oldest home in the Bronx, and the borough’s largest freshwater lake, but did you know there’s also a public bath located at the edge of the trail near the Center de la nature?

If you’re not near one of these crowd-favorite bathrooms, keep an eye out for these types of businesses and public spaces:

New York Public Libraries

They are in every neighborhood and are a calming place to relax and use the restroom in peace. A library director said all NYPL bathrooms are open to the public and you don’t need to show a library card to use them.

Churches

Chances are you can find public restrooms in every church in New York. Got2GoNYC recommends St. Patrick’s Cathedral Bathroom in Midtown Manhattan.

Transport hubs

All major transport hubs have public and accessible restrooms. Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Whitehall Terminal are some examples. The Port Authority Bus Terminal even has an attendant!

Bookstores

From big chains like Barnes & Noble to local independent bookstore Bluestockings Cooperative, bookstores in New York are known for having publicly accessible bathrooms. Union Square Barnes & Noble bathrooms recently reopened after undergoing a renovation. Fun fact: Four stories tall, it’s the tallest Barnes & Noble in the world.

Department stores

From high-end department stores like Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue, to low-cost retailers like TJ Maxx and Burlington, you’ll 100% be able to find a public bathroom.

Trader Joe’s

A Trader Joe employee in Flatiron told Got2GoNYC that most locations have public restrooms.

New York Parks

Check the Department of Parks website for a detailed list of public parks with restrooms. Just a word of warning: while nearly every park in New York has public restrooms, they’re not known to be clean.

Hospitals

Many people told Got2GoNYC that they had luck asking hospitals to use their walk-in bathrooms.

Restroom passes for people with eligible medical conditions:

Medical cards are available for people with certain gastrointestinal illnesses and any other medical conditions that require immediate access to a restroom. The state Department of Health says these cards were created in response to the Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Equity Act and can help you access an employee-only restroom.

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