Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 500 East 9th St.
Date Visited: 12/9/2012
Smelled Like: Booze
Most Heinous Feature: The refuse in the urinals.
The East Village remains a colorful, vibrant neighborhood, and nowhere is this more evident than in Tompkins Square Park. We were greeted by guys hanging out, swapping cigarettes in front of their live-in shopping carts, as the sun set on a blustery December day. Inside, a man screeched in tongues, while another used the urinals pictured above. Yes, he used the one with the traffic cone. Yes, the other two were open and available. Life, right? While some municipal bathrooms are still well-maintained, others seem to have been given back to the forces of nature. This is one of those places.