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Women in New York’s Central Park men’s restroom go viral on Nextdoor


This parkgoer was PO’d.

An Upper West Side woman says her friend was recently traumatized when he was interrupted in the middle of a Central Park men’s bathroom by a parade of female outlaws who chose not to not use the “fully functional” women’s washroom.

“Today I waited for a male friend because he was using the men’s restroom…around 67th Street near the daily bread cafe. It’s a city bathroom,” said Manhattan filmmaker Marianne Hettinger at Nextdoor – with photo – on April 23.

“I counted at least 8 women who didn’t know each other, entered the men’s bathroom with the men, who said nothing. My friend came out and was quite disturbed because women had entered when he was pooping. What’s going on!?”

The post generated 228 comments from the pee-nut gallery.

Hettinger said she and her friend were disturbed by the incident.
Helayne Seidman

“Be happy to be a New Yorker. In some states, politicians would campaign for elections on this issue. And win,” one commenter joked.

“I’ve been going to men’s bathrooms for years, to movies, concerts and stadiums – it’s been obvious for years that the women’s bathroom needs to be designed differently,” wrote Isabel N.

Channeled in another bewildered woman: “Same. Wherever the women’s line is a mile long and the men’s line is next to nothing. I just say ‘don’t look’ and run into the booth.”

Hettinger's original Nextdoor post.
Hettinger’s original post on Nextdoor generated hundreds of comments.

A Central Park Conservancy volunteer told the Post that bathroom drama happens on busy weekends and he “often tells women to go to Tavern on the Green but women say it’s too far.” .

There are no park rules directly prohibiting individuals from using any restroom of their choice, the agency said, adding, “Our goal is not to issue summonses if we find an individual in toilet that does not match their apparent sex.”

The issue isn’t exactly the #1 priority at the Parks Department.

A Central Park Conservancy volunteer told the Post that bathroom drama happens on busy weekends.
A Central Park Conservancy volunteer told the Post that bathroom drama happens on busy weekends.
Helayne Seidman

“When you gotta go, you gotta go,” agency spokeswoman Crystal Howard said. “But we ask people who go to the toilet to respect the modesty of others.”

Additional reporting by Helayne Seidman

New York Post

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