Public urination in the city's transit system isn't just making stations reek — it's actually damaging equipment, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials revealed this week. One unfortunate elevator at the Long Island Rail Road's Woodside station in Queens has been inundated with so much urine that its floor has rusted and warped, interfering with its door mechanics and frequently forcing it out of commission. As a result, the elevator, which shuttles riders from the station's mezzanine-level to an LIRR platform, was only in commission 58 percent of the time in February — versus 97 percent for elevators across the LIRR system — making it the worst-performing lift in any LIRR station, an MTA spokesman said. Adding to the mystery is that the station also offers rare public toilets on the mezzanine level. But the elevators also aren't the only parts of the transit system that have needed to be overhauled because of frequent toilet stops. Years ago, subway cars had vinyl floor tiles that were laid over plywood.
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We've all been there- walking into a store or restaurant with our legs crossed, praying for an available restroom. Some places don't have toilets, others are for customers only and the worst require you to enter a code from your receipt to enter the apparently holy site we're talking to you Panera Bread and Chipotle. It's almost common knowledge that Starbucks works for the people and offers public restrooms at basically all locations. If you're in a very popular area, there may be a line, but another bathroom is likely just blocks away or just around the corner! Bryant Park has one of the nicest public bathrooms in the city. We're talking marble counters, fresh flowers and a full-time attendant on duty to keep it absurdly clean and well-stocked.
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Long Islanders have a reputation for having a short fuse. Slow Service There are far too many things to do for us to stay in one place for too long. And with it, out-of-towners flock to the Island and only add to the already obnoxious populace. Just like there are social norms in a restaurant or a movie theater, beach-goers must consider what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable.
By James Wilkinson For Dailymail. Peeing in the street, loitering, littering, drinking alcohol out of a bagged bottle and other quality of life crimes are to be decriminalized in New York City. Under bills expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio soon, police will no longer automatically treat such crimes as criminal offenses, but instead serve civil summonses to pay a fine in court. But not everyone is happy.