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Where Is the Best Throne in New York?

New York Times Blog

July 2, 2010

by Emily S. Rueb

Starbucks' restrooms notwithstanding, New York's public washrooms may not always shine with cleanliness, or even privacy. But there are always exceptions, if you know where to go.

This year, two bathrooms in the city – the one in Bryant Park and the one at the Muse Hotel – have been nominated for the best bathrooms in the country. New York has yet to make it to the winner's circle in the nine years that the Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation has run the contest. Any restroom in the United States that is open to the public is eligible.

Last year, the loo in the Shoji Tabuchi Theater in Branson, Mo., earned top honors. But this year, New York City has a chance to flush the competition, which will be determined by popular vote.