Free Services, New York City
Until New York City makes good on its long-held promise to install public rest rooms along the city’s sidewalks tourists and locals will have to make do with those already established.
One such public lavatory can be found in Bryant Park. It is on the 42nd Street side of the park, close to the library.
There are 16 public restrooms located throughout Central Park. They are as follows.
• Merchants’ Gate, 61st Street and Central Park West (closed winter)
• Heckscher Playground, Mid-park at 62nd Street
• The Arsenal, 64th Street and 5th Avenue
• Sheep Meadow Cafe at Mineral Springs, Mid-Park at 69th Street (closed winter)
• Bethesda Terrace, Mid-park at 72nd Street (closed winter)
• Model Boathouse Cafe, at Conservatory Water at 74th Street
• Loeb Boathouse, 74th Street at the East Drive
• Ramble Shed, Mid-park at 79th Street
• Delacorte Theatre, at the Turtle Pond at 81st Street
• Ancient Playground, 85th Street and 5th Avenue
• Tennis House, Mid-park at 94th Street
• North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid-park at 97th Street
• Robert Bendheim Playground, 100th Street and 5th Avenue
• Conservatory Garden (this area of the Park really deserves to be visited), 105th Street and 5th Avenue
• Great Hill, West 106th Street (closed winter)
• Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street at Lenox Avenue
Favorite thing: The Disney Store on Fifth Avenue has a clean, excellent, easily accessible restroom on their basement level. It's easy to get to, no-one has to unlock it for you, and their lower level is quiet and peaceful, since it seems to be occupied only by the restrooms and their guest services. The only drawback may be trying to get young children to leave the store afterwards.
I recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge, either from Manhattan to Brooklyn or vice versa. It is absolutely wonderful. I would like to provide anyone with information on planning a trip to NYC/5 boroughs. I will be eager to make recommendations on sights, restaurants, things to do and things not to do.
Fondest memory: I want my Towers back. I'm born and raised in Brooklyn. I love NY. There is so much to do and see. The people are wonderful. There is no other city like it!
Favorite thing: Check out the webpage, www.menupages.com, if you know a kind of food you want but not a restaurant- this website lets you look at the menus of a ton of restaurants in Manhattan but not in the other burroughs. This is a really useful website
I saw this service advertised in one of the budget travel magazines, I sent off a note to see if I could get one for my recent trip but they didn't have a greeter available. Try to send a request off as soon as you know you will be visiting, they request 4-6 weeks advance notice.
It's a free service where a volunteer local person takes visitors for a 2-4 hour tour of New York City, you can request a specific area or you can leave it up to the Greeter to plan a visit for you.
I love that there are public restrooms everywhere, and that they are free. In my country you have to pay for almost every public toilet you go to. Sometimes up to $1, which I think is rediculous.
If you are in Lower Manhattan on the West side, go to The World Financial Center for some clean toilets. If you are shopping in Midtown you can go to Macy's or Bloomingdales. In chinatown it is a little bit difficult to find a good restroom, but if you walk up a little on Broadway, you can use the restroom at Pearl River (477 Broadway - SoHo area)
As soon as I think of more restrooms to go to, I will add them to the list.
Big Apple Greeter: a free service to welcome visitors to NYC. A NYC local volunteer shows you around the various parts of the city. Advanced reservations recommended.
Go on Jerry's tour starting at the international youth hostel on 103rd street on Saturdays at 8am. He takes you on a FREE 18 mile walk around new york. You haven't seen new york till you go with Jerry, all you pay for is a meal at a restaurant in China Town (about $8) and it's a great way to meet fellow travellers.
Fondest memory: Had to be the evening when we first got to NYC, and me and my mate went to the top of the Empire State building and looked over New York at dusk. It was brillient.