“Potty parity” begins in NYC


NYC’s recently passed “potty parity” bill, which requires that new buildings have twice as many sit-down toilets for women as they have for men, is being implemented for the first time.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse on Greenwich Street in Manhattan will be the proud first building to enforce the measure.

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7 Comments

  1. Nymphalidae
    Posted January 9, 2006 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    w00t!

  2. JesusJonesSuperstar
    Posted January 9, 2006 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    how is “twice as many” parity? regardless I predict a move towards unisex bathrooms in nyc to avoid the cost of this measure.

  3. Posted January 9, 2006 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    JJS, my impression was that men’s bathrooms had the same number of toilets that womens’ do, plus urinals.

  4. puckalish
    Posted January 9, 2006 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    yeah… for the most part, women get screwed on number of places to go potty and men get screwed on quality of facilities (i mean, shoot… we almost never get mirrors, which is beat… and, as much as we can take some responsibility for missing once in a while, it’s hard to care when you don’t even get a counter)…
    so, yellow, you got a point, but i’m regularly disappointed by “men’s” rooms…

  5. the15th
    Posted January 9, 2006 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    This is one place where equality of outcomes should be enforced. Parity is whatever it requires to make the waiting times equal. Although I’m not sure how this should apply to places like office buildings where there’s not going to be a wait for anyone.

  6. puckalish
    Posted January 10, 2006 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    the15th, gotta agree with you there… as a guy, i know i’ve never spent much time on a bathroom line (unless it’s at one of those kinda parties, you know you know)…
    so, again, i think it’s great that there’s going to be some kind of accountability for making sure everyone’s comfortable in public spaces…
    however, i still think there should be more mirrors and countertops in men’s bathrooms – really – my hair gets really crazy sometimes and it’s just not right that sometimes i have no way of knowing.

  7. Mery Djane
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 6:48 am | Permalink

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