This map put together by Eron Watt in his YouTube video shows the 48 subway bathrooms he visited from 2009-2014.
We have already Untapped the mystery of some public bathrooms in New York City, but we’re still curious about the ones you can find in many subway stations. Out of NYC’s 468 subway stations, only 129 of them claim to have restrooms. With the help of YouTube user Eron Watt, we’ve verified that only 48 of these lavatories were unlocked. The rest of these appear to be locked, repurposed for storage, or converted into convenient newsstands like the one shown below. Here’s the dirty low-down on what awaits you behind the few unlocked doors of subway bathrooms.
The earlier Grand Central Station. Photo via Roth’s Eye.
From its grandiose Main Concourse with the mesmerizing astronomical ceiling, to the Beaux-Arts details of its granite exterior, Grand Central Terminal captivates as the largest commuter railroad terminal in the world. However renowned, today’s Grand Central Terminal replaced two prior versions: the Grand Central Station of 1898, and the earlier Grand Central Depot. Though smaller and less emblematic, the Grand Central Station held charming architectonic ornaments of its own, such as the cast-iron eagles that once perched on the corners of its four clock towers. (more…)
Finding a public bathroom of any first-rate quality is a nightmare, and it’s especially tricky in NYC. If quirky bathrooms aren’t your thing, you might be excited to learn that POSH Stow and Go, a members-only bathroom and storage facility, is coming to NYC in June 2014. (more…)
Dominating the downtown skyline, the American International Building (AIG) at 70 Pine Street, rose up during the heart of the Great Depression, 1930-1932. The building was originally built for the Cities Service Company (now known as CITGO), owned by the oil and gas baron Henry Latham Doherty. Architecture firms Clinton & Russell and Colton & George designed the 66-story granite and limestone giant in the popular Art Deco style. Also popular at the time was the Gothic spire which adorns the top and made it the tallest building downtown at that time. After September 11th, the 952-foot building became the tallest skyscraper downtown, until the the construction of 4 WTC and 1 WTC.(more…)
Here are our picks for the Best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool: Eye-Catching Architecture! Remember, to have one of your photos entered in the running for a “Best Of” nod, just hastag your Instagram or Twitter urban exploration pictures #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.
The Graffiti Church in Washington D.C. by J Wood aka @betsybatman