4. Acme Studios, Williamsburg

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Williamsburg prop shop and photo studio Acme Studios is an impressive exercise in organized chaos. The whole place is just teeming with things—figurines and furniture and statues and taxidermy and instruments and tchotchkes of all shapes, sizes, and hues. And the bathrooms are just as beautifully dense: one is a miniature art gallery, and another is basically a curated jungle filled with statuary. You can take a virtual tour of all the bathrooms (and the rest of the space too) here.


5. Smith & Mills, Tribeca

Located in a former carriage house, restaurant Smith & Mills is heavy on turn-of-the-century details, including antique dishes and blueprints of old ships on the walls. And then there’s the bathroom: not only is it housed in an elevator car (built in 1902!) that was moved piece by piece from a nearby landmarked building, but the sink was taken from an old railcar, and you have to lift it up into the wall to drain the water.

6. Flux Factory, Long Island City

This art collective, housed in a former greeting card factory in Queens, is known for immersive, interactive art installations, and the group often involves their bathrooms in the fun. As part of “iSpy,” a surveillance gameshow, one collective member built a “Flush Capacitor” that tweeted every time the toilet was flushed. During “Housebroken,” a building-wide exhibition, another member, Brendan, installed dozens of hook-and-eyes on the inside of the bathroom door, and during the opening, yet another member, Adrian, performed opera in the shower with the door open, wearing nothing but gold trunks.