Women in NYC Central Park men’s room creates Nextdoor buzz

This park ranger became PO’d.

A woman from the Upper West Side says her friend was recently traumatized when he was interrupted midstream in a men’s bathroom in Central Park by a parade of outlaws who chose not to use the “fully functional” women’s toilet.

“Today I was waiting for a male friend when he used the master bedroom… around 67th street at the le pain quotidien cafe. This is a city bathroom, ”Manhattan filmmaker Marianne Hettinger wrote to Nextdoor – complete with photo – on April 23.

“I talked at least 8 women who did not know each other go into the men’s room with the men who did not say anything. My friend came out and was quite upset when women had come in while he was relieving himself. What’s going on !? “

The post generated 228 comments from the pee-emergency gallery.

Hettinger said she and her male friend were disturbed by the incident.
Helayne Seidman

“Be glad you’re a New Yorker. In some states, politicians would campaign on this issue. And win,” one commenter said.

“I’ve been going into men’s bathrooms for years, for movies, concerts and stadiums – it’s been obvious for years that women’s bathrooms need to be designed differently,” wrote Isabel N.

Piped into another non-plussed she: “Same. Everywhere the women’s line is a mile long and the men’s line is almost zero. I’m just saying ‘don’t look’ and zipping into the booth.”

Hettinger's original Nextdoor post.
Hettinger’s original Nextdoor post generated hundreds of comments.

A Central Park Conservancy volunteer told The Post that the toilet drama occurs on busy weekends, and he “often asks women to go to the Tavern on the Green, but the women say it’s too far.”

There are no Parks rules that directly restrict individuals from using whichever toilet they choose, the agency said, adding: “Our goal is not to issue subpoenas if we find a person on a restroom who does not match their apparent gender.”

The issue is not exactly the first priority at the Parks Department.

A volunteer from the Central Park Conservancy told The Post that the toilet drama occurs on busy weekends.
A volunteer from the Central Park Conservancy told The Post that the toilet drama occurs on busy weekends.
Helayne Seidman

“When you have to go, you have to go,” said agency spokeswoman Crystal Howard. “But we ask bathroom attendants to respect the modesty of others.”

Additional reporting by Helayne Seidman

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