Around New York City, it’s always a good idea to know of free, clean, accessible public restrooms – you never know when you’ll have the need.
Here’s a website to help!
And I have an app on my phone that has the rather unfortunate name of “Sit Or Squat” – crude perhaps, but useful. It claims to be “The best way to find a toilet anywhere in the world; on the web, iPhone and BlackBerry!”
And, a basic knowledge of available locations by neighborhood – based on past experience – is eventually built into every New Yorker’s DNA…
The bookstores Barnes & Noble used to be my go-to free, clean, accessible public restrooms in New York City. They used to be in just about every neighborhood, plus they offered the added benefit of book browsing on the way to and from.
Sad to say, many of the B&N stores have disappeared.
Where’s that Brick & Mortar when you need it???
The other day, I was in the Lincoln Center neighborhood, and nature called. Lincoln Center? Last time I tried that, the restroom was closed. Barnes And Noble? It’s now a clothing store. What’s the best Sure Thing?
The I remembered – The American Folk Art Museum.
At Columbus Circle and 66th Street, it couldn’t have been more convenient. And, it has a few added benefits of its own!
I wandered in (for FREE) and first browsed their gift shop. Inconspicuous, naturally!
Actually, I adore these signs. If we had the free wall space, I’d purchase one or two. Alas, a photograph will have to do.
There’s a new exhibit at the museum; it’s called “Jubilation|Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined” – and once I exited the shop area and entered the exhibition space – I was immediately enchanted.
I actually wandered around admiring the art before I “borrowed” the restroom. And then, wandered some more.
I love this little museum! Plus, they kindly allow photographs (no flash please!).
Here’s some of what you can see when you visit – this exhibit is on display through September 2, 2012.
These artists are no Grandma Moses or Howard Finster – from what I could gather they are basically unknown artists, unappreciated during their time.
I believe that the husband and wife team who made these bottle cap creations were saddened by the lack of interest in their “art”; they stored these away in a barn as bits of junk.
Other items which were more utilitarian were seen and used – such as this giant Indian windmill. As luck has it, there also exists the photograph which shows the windmill in its original location, up on top of the general store.
Here is a folk artist’s interpretation of The Duke and Duchess Of Windsor:
I loved this snake charmer:
and of course, who wouldn’t adore this lovely lady with her little orange kitty!
I love this museum! They also have some pretty great events there – FREE or low-cost.
Check out their “Guitar Wednesdays”
“Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians each Wednesday from 2 to 3 pm.”
Their “Make It Thursdays”
“Come to the museum each Thursday for hands-on workshops and discussions with leaders in the DIY community. Enjoy a glass of wine, meet fellow craft enthusiasts, and spend a creative evening with us!”
This sounds GREAT! I’d love to make a habit of this crafts class, if I can make it at 6:00…
6 to 7:30 pm
Free for museum members
$10 for non-members
(Check out the museum’s website for information on reserving space by purchasing tickets online.)
And their “Free Music Fridays”
“Enjoy live music each Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Admission is always free.”
Please check out this little gem of a museum. You’ll be so glad that you did.
Plus, they have a very clean, accessible restroom!
Tuesday–Saturday noon–7:30 pm
Sunday noon–6:00 pm