Monday, September 29, 2008

My growing New Yorker experience has led me to believe that the cleanest public restrooms in New York City are on the 42nd Street side of Bryant Park between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. But if you find yourself having to tinkle beyond walking distance of what I have deemed to be the cleanest public restrooms in the city, fear not.

Thanks to, I can spread the word about Diaroogle.

Wherever you go, you'll find people whose passions spill into their responsibilities -- like the artsy barista who creates a four-toned masterpiece out of the specials chalkboard, or the taxi driver well versed in unexpected points of interest, like your destination. For accessible restrooms and so much more, try

D's a G-map, blog, and ratings system "for the discerning, on-the-go defecator who is brave enough to use a public bathroom, but still demands a hygienic and private bathroom experience". Beyond excelling at ingress strategies, it shows promise of becoming a guide to both host establishments, and even general NY lifestyle. Some high/lowlights (rating based on cleanliness/accessibility/privacy):

Waldorf Astoria's Bull & Bear 570 Lexington Ave, at 51stRating: 4.67 of 5 This wizened patrician's haunt sports luxe lavs (floor-to-ceiling wooden stalls, marble floors, gold faucets) accessible from the street, though proper attire's required to get inside. Once re-zipped, the site editor claims the bar's also "a great place to meet classy and very attractive hookers. Is it weird I feel flattered when I'm propositioned by
good-looking hookers?? How low is my self-esteem?"

SoHo Made Soups 75 Varick St, at GrandRating: 3.33 of 5This relatively clean, freely accessible, low-traffic pisser supports a shop that tosses excellent salads, but offers inept morning breakfast service: "When you order an egg and cheese in the morning, the cashier opens up the tinfoil with his dirty fingers to see what you ordered. Hey idiots: Have the cook write the order on the wrapper like every other deli on earth."

Lupes110 6th Ave, at BroomeRating: 1.33 of 5 This deplorably unkempt, oppressively tiny bathroom's only plus is a mysterious "Stolen Baby on Board" sticker on the lid's underside. However, the Spinach and Cheese Enchiladas are
apparently the bomb.

Limited to Manhattan now, Diaroogle plans to expand to the outer boroughs and then go national. They also take user submissions, so fire away if you're responsibilities include working, and your passion is not working.

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