02/24/17 4:26pm
Everybody is welcome to pee at Sunny's. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Everybody is welcome to pee at Sunny’s. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

The biggest and most immediate rebuttal to the idea that a bathroom is some sort of magical gender island and not just a hole in the ground to collect your recycled Miller High Life happens in New York City bars every single night. It’s in the back of those bars in long lines of people desperate to evacuate their bowels and get back to the party that any concerns of gender roles break down in favor of the only gods New Yorkers believe in: convenience and speed. This has been the case for some time, and you’re seeing more and more bars give up the idea that anyone really cares about anything about the bathroom other than how long the line is.

A few months ago, I was standing in line for the restrooms at Sunny’s, Red Hook’s beloved bar at the end of the world, where the Saturday night bluegrass jam had drawn in its usual large crowd. The bathrooms at the time were labeled “His” and “Hers” in charming vintage lettering. But they’re single-occupancy rooms so I always use whichever one opens first. That night, the Hers room opened and I pointed out to the guy in front of me in line that if he didn’t use it, I would. His face glowed with revelation: “Yeah, I could right?! It’s 2016, right? I’m going for it!” This guy seemed to think he was making some enlightened, revolutionary stance. He was not. A bathroom is just a place to pee and occasionally do drugs in.

Sunny’s recognized this: it recently added the words “+everybody” (which I snapped the above picture of on Tuesday) to the signs to clear up any confusion, because who has time to care. Like most social debates that embroil red state America, New Yorkers are too busy to care about where you pee and do your drugs, so long as you’re not slowing them down.  (more…)

05/12/14 11:00am
Put down that sledgehammer and try these upgrades instead.

Put down that sledgehammer and try these upgrades instead.

Moving into a new place is exciting. There’s a new location, new view, and new take-out restaurants for you to order from. But it can also be disheartening. I mean, I’ve wanted to hang up my Casablanca poster in every apartment I’ve moved into, but had to resort to taping it up (out of frame) so I wouldn’t get charged for the holes in the wall. I’ve also learned to buy dark, heavy furniture to give the room some personality to the white walls on white carpet. So while I have lots of ideas on how to spruce up  boring spaces, most leases put severe kink in those plans. Here are four tactics I’ve used that allow you to make your apartment shine, without worrying that your security deposit money will shrivel up: (more…)

03/05/14 9:18am
airpnp

$10 to use this bathroom in Crown Heights

This moment of the sharing economy was probably going to come at some point, so aren’t you glad you’re alive to see it: there’s finally an app that lets you rent your bathroom to strangers in need. AirPnP, which sounds like a joke but somehow isn’t, works on the AirBnB principle, but instead of violating New York state housing law, just invites strangers into your home to use your bathroom. For money. There’s only bathroom on the market in Brooklyn right now, so you better get yours up there before the market gets clogged (gross). (more…)

11/25/13 1:13pm
dive art

Art!

Most people go into bar bathrooms for only three purposes: having sex, doing coke or actually answering nature’s call. And sometimes, if you’re really lucky, you do the first two options together. But it turns out there’s a fourth reason to go into a bar bathroom: to see art. Or at least two videographers managed to make it seem like Brooklyn’s dive bar bathrooms are lovely art exhibits as well as places to pee, in their video Dive Art. Between this and ToiletFinder, clearly toilets are New York’s new booming industry. Typical de Blasio’s New York. (more…)

08/04/11 1:03pm

Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost is in the running for America’s Best Bathroom, some sort of contest put on by Cintas to determine the country’s superlative environs in which to take a dump. It sound like the Grammys of restaurant awards, but, whatever, BK pride! We certainly spend a lot of time there, what with Habana’s $2.75 beers, free Sunday movies and delicious corn, and can say those are indeed some of the nicest crappers around: they’ve got rain water recycling and tropical environs. So go vote for it, why not? [via The Local]

06/22/09 9:16am
Mildew tiles photo by Pfong.

Mildewy art deco tile photo by Pfong.

We’re suckers for things like this: a disgusting shower contest, sponsored by a Brooklyn-based company called All Grout. Send these guys pictures of your mildewed bath tiles and if they’re selected as the groadiest ones in Brooklyn you get a free cleaning, a $200 to $350 value. Send photos, name, address and phone number to allgrout@hotmail.com.

You’ll probably get called by them even if you’re not the “winner,” but if you actually think you have a shot at this contest you could probably use the help anyway.