Introducing Porcelain New York: A Public Bathroom Column

Our goal is to celebrate the toilets we have, shine a light on facilities that need attention, and inspire more public bathroom discourse.

Introducing Porcelain New York: A Public Bathroom Column
The blessed gate to relief is thrown wide open. (Hell Gate)

In a big mean city like New York, a clean, convenient public bathroom is a thing of excruciating beauty.

Unfortunately, New Yorkers live in a public restroom desert, with some of the fewest per capita compared to our city's peers across the country.

With Porcelain New York, our goal is to celebrate the toilets we have, shine a light on facilities that need attention, and inspire more public bathroom discourse in the hopes that New Yorkers will someday be able to move about our town with a little more dignity, knowing that a respectable privy is always within striking distance.

For our first installment, we traveled to the Lions Gate Field Comfort Station, located at 313 Broome Street inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets. We'd heard from a friend that this was some freshly renovated porcelain, and Lions Gate did not disappoint.