Fellow blogger Roosevelt Island 360 sends the following suggestion for adding additional public restrooms stating:
RIOC should work with the NYC DOT who is responsible for the current Coordinated Street Furniture Franchise (CSFF) which includes the City's goal of buying and installing 20 new public access stand alone toilets. After all this is City land we stand (and sit) on. The NYC DOT link is below.
The NYC Department of Transportation will
bring automatic public toilets (APTs) to New York City. These state-of-the-art facilities offer comfort, hygiene, accessibility, and security to the public, within a modern design. Designed to self-sanitize after each use, the APTs will also be serviced twice a day for inspection and system maintenance, affording the people of New York a safe and valuable convenience.and
The footprint of the APTs will span 6'7" x 12'.
Siting Criteria include:
1. Clear Path: Automatic Public Toilets must allow a minimum clear path of 8 feet in width.
2. Clearance from Curb: All APTs must allow a straight unobstructed path of at least 1.5 feet between the APT and the curb.
3. Other Minimum Distances:
10 feet fire hydrants, standpipes
5 feet tree trunks, canopies
3 feet streetlights, traffic signal poles
2 feet ventilation, street signs, cellar doors
4. Permissible Locations:
a. On wide streets, only in commercial, manufacturing or mixed use districts
b. On sidewalks or plazas adjacent to property owned or leased by a government agency or public authority, or under the jurisdiction of the EDC.
c. On traffic islands or public places bounded on all sides by mapped streets under the jurisdiction of the Department.
d. On or adjacent to parks property of playgrounds, subject to the approval of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Department will begin to reach out to local bodies to solicit recommendations for potential locations of automatic public toilets. Because these structures must meet extensive technical siting criteria, the selection process will include extensive location surveys.
Above please find information on some of the siting specifications to consider when making recommendations.
If you are interested in recommending a location, please submit your recommendation in writing to CSFF via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local community board with that request.
RIOC should work with our local community board, RIRA, Councilperson Lappin, Assemblymen Kellner, State Senator Serrano and Borough President Stringer to allocate one of these public restrooms for Roosevelt Island. If you think adding an additional restroom is an important quality of life issue for Roosevelt Island please send an email to the officials listed above. Links to their respective web sites and email addresses are provided above or in the sidebar. Good job by Roosevelt Island 360.