New York is a terrific city for everyone who does not, right now, have a full bladder. Don’t let your nostrils deceive you: Public urination is bad form anywhere in town. But where to go if you’re nowhere near your hotel or apartment or an unsupervised wall of Trump Tower?
First, the basics: Starbucks, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Chipotle are all solid options, or you revel in the brick-and-mortar splendor of Barnes & Noble bookstores (and their bathrooms). The NYC Parks Department website has a comprehensive list of public bathrooms organized by borough, and you can search it by zip code. And while we haven’t tried this ourselves, rumor has it you can walk into any NYPD precinct and ask to use their restroom. Um, you go first.