NYC Public Toilets
for the Disabled
|Here's What We Propose To Do:
In pursuit of our goal to
develop a comprehensive system of free public toilets throughout New York
City, we will be looking at the following areas:
Compiling an inventory of existing
facilities throughout the city. Exploring what can be made more available
quickly, through reopening closed facilities, upgrading partially functional
stations and enumerating instances of existing facilities that are intended
for public use but are not made available.
Compiling a list of offices,
restaurants and other private locations that manage restroom facilities.
Determining compliance with municipal mandates as to public use, and conferring
with private managements in an effort to induce expanded public use as
well as compliance with existing laws.
Conducting a study of comparisons
with other municipalities in the U.S. and abroad. Examining their treatments
of the problem and assessing the viability of applying their solutions
to New York. Creating a database of their approaches, including published
studies and materials provided by private manufacturers. Examining municipal
programs, funding, observable social dynamics, and the use of available
and new technologies.
Exploring the issue of the advertisement
of public facilties, e.g., the existence and clarity of signage, the possibility
of telephone "directory assistance"-type referral, etc.
Examining the possibility of
financial inducements to encourage private businesses to create and/or
expand publicly available facilities through the use of one or more of
the following: subsidies, tax abatements, maintenance, and in combination
with new commercial concessions.
Assessing the viability of combining
with other public necessities such as showers, CPR equipment, oxygen, bus
shelters, phone booths, newsstands, etc.
Reviewing the role of the Parks
Department in providing public toilets. Discussing better integration of
toilets into existing concessions and sports facilities. Press to upgrade
and expand facilities.
Weighing the impact of free-standing
kiosks from the points of view of aesthetics, social acceptance, efficacy
and viability. Testing units.
Engendering public discussion
and debate on the general issue, including needs, aesthetic preferences,
the use of public funds, and new ideas. Creating and maintaining Web-based
bulletin boards and discussion groups.
Addressing the needs of special-
and high-need groups, including tourists, outdoor workers, taxicab drivers,
and homeless people.
The Privy Council,
49 Houston Street, New York, NY 10012
Telephone: (212) 431-0600
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