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Every Open Bathroom In New York City On One Map

Stuck in foot traffic on the streets of NYC and need the bathroom? Stuck in the Times Square madness and need the WC? Here’s EVERY open bathroom in the city on one map.

The city bursts at the seams with tourists during the holidays and long weekends, but your bladder doesn’t care where you are. When you have to go, you have to go…and finding a public bathroom in the city is nearly impossible.

Dr. Wansoo, the creator of and professor at Rutgers University, aimed to cure one of Manhattan’s oldest problems—the difficulty of finding a public restroom—and he came up with a handy map that’s accessbile to everyone.

The map was originally posted on the Uber Drivers Forum, but now we have the insider info when it comes to open bathrooms, too. The map is broken down and categorized into six sections: public, coffee shop, book store, hotel, fast food, and other.

If you find yourself doing the I-need-the-bathroom-dance or clench, don’t hesitate to visit and add to this open NYC resource. The map has grown substantially since we first found out about it nearly a year ago!

This map will certainly come in handy these next few weeks, and is a good thing to have year-round in a city where you can’t always expect to go back home or to your hotel to use the bathroom.

Access the NYC restroom map here.

Also published on Medium.

Finding a Public Restroom in New York City

This post provides some advice on where to find public bathrooms in New York. We include specific places in various neighborhoods you will likely visit when in NYC. We even list a website with a great map of where to go when you have to go!

And don’t forget, we always provide you with a free bathroom spot before the start of any of our free walking tours.

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Here are restrooms in neighborhoods you are likely to explore during your visit to NYC.

Lower Manhattan

  • World Trade Center in the Oculus building
  • South Street Seaport
  • Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street
  • National Museum of the American Indian New York
  • Castle Clinton in Battery Park

Midtown Manhattan

  • Rockefeller Center has restrooms on the Concourse Level
  • Times Square Try the citizenM Hotel at 218 W 50th St or the Marriott Marquis at 1535 Broadway
  • Grand Central Station at 42nd Street and Lexington Ave. has public restrooms as does Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • New York Public Library at 42nd Street at 5th Avenue
  • Bryant Park on 42nd Street bet 5th & 6th Ave
  • Lincoln Center in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Broadway and 60th Street
  • Central Park has multiple restrooms
  • Time Warner Center shopping mall at 10 Columbus Circle and 59th Street
  • Macy’s at 34th Street and 6th Avenue
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotel, at 301 Park Avenue (between 49th and 50th Street)

Greenwich Village has public bathrooms in Washington Square Park.


  • Bloomingdales SoHo at 504 Broadway
  • Soho Grand Hotel at Grand and West Broadway has restrooms all the way in the back past the front desk.


  • High Line
  • Chelsea Market

Want a preview of some of the bathrooms we list above? Here’s a helpful video.


Most NYC parks have public restrooms, though they may not be open at all hours. See the Park Department’s website.


Starbucks stores are a popular choice, and New York City is filled with them, so you should not have much trouble finding them. You might have to wait in line, or you might have to make a purchase if the place is not busy.

McDonald’s has clean, easy facilities and they usually don’t require you to ask for a key to the bathrooms. Prêt-a-Manger, Au Bon Pain, or Cosi get busy during lunch hours and might require you to ask for a key.


  • Most have bathrooms that you can use without having to be a shopper.
  • Some supermarkets such as Wholefoods or Trader Joe’s might have restrooms, and you might be surprised how fancy they can be.
  • Large bookstores like Barnes & Nobles also offer restrooms where you can just walk in or simply request a key.

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Spkeck , 06/09/2019

No Info on Toilet markers

So, when you see a toilet marked. There is no info on the toilet usually. You can title it but there is no option to write more.
For example: for people with Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis to which this app can be helpful, there isn’t a way for users to say whether or not the toilet is a single person locked room or multiple people can use it with many stalls.
Having that option that users can click to identify is extremely helpful. For most with crohns or colitis and you have to use the restroom for an extended time having a single user locked door bathroom offers the privacy you need so being able to identify those would be super helpful.
The idea of the app is awesome so I gave it two stars because the addition of the type of toilet and the quality of the toilet can be a big deal to some people. Like does the bathroom look like the type of place people sell drugs and graffiti n stuff or does it have reasonable cleanliness.
Having some sort of rating system for the toilet would be great as well.
The most important thing is having some way to identify the type of toilet/facility whether you can lock the door and have a single use bathroom or is it more like an airport bathroom with like 10 stalls..etc

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the feedback. I will look into this.

BHealth Blog

We’ve all been there – you’re out and about and the sudden urge to go to the bathroom strikes out of nowhere. You race to find a bathroom, praying to make it in time (and praying that the conditions of the facility are acceptable). This scenario is no fun at all. But luckily, there are some clever apps out there that make finding a bathroom a little easier, and give you more confidence when traveling, running errands, or socializing with friends and family.

Here’s our roundup of the 4 best Bathroom Finders available now.

(All are available on IOS and Android platforms.)


Sit Or Squat was developed by Charmin to help you find a public restroom near you, wherever you may be (even traveling outside the US). Boasting 100,000 listings, this app has you covered, and is easy and free to use. Sit or Squat allows you to view bathrooms in list or map view, and lets you filter locations for things like ‘handicap accessible’, or ‘baby changing table’. It also lets you rate bathrooms by cleanliness (a “Sit” rating indicates a clean bathroom while a “Squat” rating indicates a bathroom with less desirable conditions.) All in all, this is a great app with an easy to use interface.

Download the app: Google Play, iTunes


The Got TO Go Restroom Finder App is free to download and operates only in North America, and lists restrooms as a map or list view. Users are able to filter views by which locations are open near them, and the type of location it is (gas station, restaurant, retail store, or government/public building). You can also see cleanliness ratings, rate the bathroom yourself, or add new bathrooms to the app.

Download the app: Google Play, iTunes


Bathroom Scout has over 1,800,000 bathrooms listed worldwide, including public toilets, or restrooms in restaurants and other facilities. The service offers turn by turn directions to bathrooms near you, the ability to see a Google Street View of the location (if images are available), and the ability to rate the condition of the bathrooms. The free version contains ads, but the paid pro version also offers a satellite view, no ads, and a waterfall sound for when you need a bit of sound cover when using a public restroom.

Download the app: Google Play, iTunes


Flush operates worldwide with 190,000 restrooms stored in it’s free app. Like others listed here, you can see restrooms by both map and list view and get directions to nearby toilets. Flush also lets you filter bathrooms by “disabled access, “requires key”, and “requires fee”. Another great feature is that the app works even when you don’t have an internet connection, allowing you to find a bathroom in an emergency even when cell service is spotty.

Download the app: Google Play, iTunes

Keep in mind that these apps are only updated when users add new information, such as new locations, information, or ratings. So they likely wont have every available toilet listed, and you may not know all the details on cleanliness or other features if users have not rated it. But, in a pinch, it can be nice to have one of these apps handy to help you out. And, if you add your own finds in places that you visit frequently, it can serve as a helpful tool for you day-to-day when you’re out and about in your community.

Do you know of any other helpful apps you think might benefit our readers? Share them in the comments below!

SitOrSquat: Restroom Finder

*** Need to go, on the go? SitOrSquat powered by Charmin can help you find public restrooms near you or where you’re planning to travel (now includes select countries outside of the US!). Install SitOrSquat to search, view, rate and add public restrooms to help you, your family and others enjoy the go, on the go.****
New updates include Security Upgrades & improved Map Functionality!
Benefits & Features:
• SEARCH and VIEW over 100,000+ public restrooms nearest your current location on a map or as a list.
• MAP results with an interactive, location-based map with travel time details.
• REGISTER using email or Facebook to Add & Comment, Review, and Upload Pictures for bathrooms you’ve used.
• RATE restrooms by choosing “Sit” (you enjoyed the bathroom) or “Squat” (it could be better) and provide your relevant experience and honest opinions, including pictures.
• ADD public restrooms to the database by entering basic location information and helpful details like pictures and features.
• FILTER results by choosing specific features such as Sit-or-Squat Rating, Baby Changing Table, Handicap Accessible, or Free for Public Use restrooms.
The SitOrSquat app powered by Charmin lets you access and record bathroom information wherever you go. All of our restroom content is added by YOU, our loyal users. We currently have over 100,000 bathrooms and we need your help in growing that database. Join the SitOrSquat movement! Download the app to add and review bathrooms today! We all go. Why not enjoy the go with SitOrSquat powered by Charmin.
NOTE: SitOrSquat uses Facebook Connect. Using this app may send personal information about you or your device to Facebook should you use Facebook to login.
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By: Lindsey Granger Posted: 5:11 PM, Jun 5, 2018 Updated: 3:00 PM, Jul 5, 2018

When the sudden urge to go to the bathroom strikes out of nowhere, options to do it comfortably are sometimes slim! We looked at four free apps that make finding a public restroom a more enjoyable experience.

1. The Stanker

If you’ve ever needed a bathroom in a bind, The Stanker app will help you find a solution. Think of it like Yelp for restrooms. Locate and choose the best bathroom for you based on ratings. The app will even update you with improvements to the bathrooms that you have reported!

2. Charmin Sit or Squat

The next app to get you situated when you’ve got to go is Charmin Sit or Squat. “Just search your location on our map and find the restrooms nearest you,” explains the app’s commercial. “Restrooms marked with green rolls are designated as sit, and restrooms marked with red rolls are designated as squat.” Squat is code for dirty! You can even rate the experience when you’re finished. And everyone with kids out there, get this: Parenting Magazine calls the app one of the best apps for simplifying a parent’s life.

Next up is Flush. This app has a database of more than 100,000 bathrooms, and uses Google Maps to get you there in a cinch. It will even tell you which ones have disabled access, a fee for usage, or require a key! And as an added bonus, Flush works offline so no internet connection is required to find a toilet.

4. Fake Shower

So now that you’ve found a bathroom, what do you do if people on the other side of the door can hear you? Get a load of an app called Fake Shower, which disguises potty noises by simulating the sound of running water. Not only will Fake Shower spare you from embarrassment, but you’ll also save you tons of faucet water!

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Public Restroom Locators

Below is a list of public restroom locators web sites. Please note our concern that many of the locations are private businesses and not public restrooms. While being directed to a large box store or a food court may not be a problem, many people will hesitate when they realize they’ve been directed to a restaurant or other small business. Many of these smaller venues also have limited hours of operation.

The American Restroom Association suggests that restroom locator publishers consider the following listing criteria:

  • Highlight or add emphasis to those facilities available year-round, 7 days a week and at least between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm, including holidays.
  • Where portable sanitation units (porta-johns) are listed, note if they are known to be routinely cleaned and serviced
  • Highlight true municipal public restrooms units and restrooms in buildings clearly open to the public such as train stations
  • Avoid listing small privately owned mercantile establishments (ex. coffee shop), unless they advertise availability
  • List restrooms in urban parks that meet the availability requirement listed in the first bullet
  • Note possible security restrictions (ex photo ID required) that might impact access to government municipal building restrooms.
  • Note if the facility is a single toilet restroom that may be current occupant locked.

Restroom Locator Web Sites Cycling Resources

Riverside, CA
San Diego County, CA: old US 101

Oahu, HI

Esplanade, Boston, MA

Novi, MI

Bitterroot Trail, MT

New York:
Hudson River Park, NY

Dayton, OH

Arlington, VA


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by Arthur Frommer (of the popular Frommer series of guidebooks)

Please let us know if you’ve encounter problem using a restroom locator service.

If you know of a true public restroom, please provide that information via our survey form.

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Gotta pee? This app finds the closest public toilet.

What does it do?

In addition to locating the closest toilets:

  • Flushd functions kind of like Yelp, allowing you to add your own bathrooms and review/rate facilities. There’s even an emergency button, which’ll map you to the absolute closest public bathroom in the area.
  • Keep track of your bowel movements in painstaking detail, and with personalized stats — from how often you go, to how long it takes you to go, to what time of day you usually need a restroom, to what kind of bathroom you prefer to frequent, etc. Seriously, it goes on and on.
  • Helps make your toilet experience extra productive by streaming personalized reading material, or adding your social media accounts to the “Read” section.
  • And, speaking of social media, for those who enjoy oversharing their daily bowel movements, Flushd is building a social network around that most private of experiences, complete with badges. In fact, many of apps 1,200 users have reportedly already uploaded bathroom selfies. Oh, goodie.

Published in: Google Maps

If you are traveling in a new location, the public toilets and bathroom finder option avaialble inside Google Maps could come in very handy.

Open the Google Maps on your phone (or open on your desktop browser), make sure that the location services are turned on and type the query public toilets near me.

Google Maps will instantly show you the location of restrooms near your current location.

The feature also works inside Google Assistant. Say “OK Google” to activate the Assistant, say the command “Show me toilets near me” and it will open maps with placemarkers for all the toilets near your location.

If location is unavailale on your phone, or if you wish to learn about restroom in a particular location without actually being there, change your search query to use the address instead of near me.

Your query in that case will be show toilets near Taj Mahal in Agra or Public Restrooms in Times Square or Where can I find a bathroom in NYC.

In India alone, more than 57k toilets and restrooms in urban India can be found through Google Maps. If you are mobile phone user in India, you can call the toll-free number 000 800 9191 000 from your Vodafone / Idea mobile and enquire about public toilets near your location.

When you’re travelling or out running errands, sometimes you suddenly realize you have to take care of business. The Flush Toilet Finder app on iOS and Android makes it easier to find free public restrooms, and shows you how to get to them.

When you got to go, you got to go. If you’re in a strange city, you don’t know where you can go besides your hotel room. If you’re out shopping, an emergency could strike and you need to find a restroom fast. That’s where Jake and Sam Ruston’s Flush app comes in. Open the app and it searches the area around you. Its database covers over 100,000 public restrooms around the world right now and it’s constantly expanding. When you find the one you want, you can get directions to it via Google Maps and Apple Maps, depending on what OS you’re using. Flush also lists whether a restroom has a fee, requires a key to access, or if it provides disabled access. You can download the app for free at the links below.


Flush Toilet Finder | iOS App Store via MakeUseOf

Flush Toilet Finder | Google Play Store

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