When nature calls underground, proceed to the bathroom with caution.
Many of the 129 restrooms in 77 of the system’s stations are overflowing with filth — if they are still open at all, according to a survey of every station bathroom by amNewYork conducted over six months.
“You’d have to be pretty desperate to go into one of those,” said David Suker, 41, a Bronx rider using the 161st St-Yankee Stadium Station, where a man smelling of marijuana was recently seen counting money in the men’s room.
Nearly a fifth of the system’s 468 stations have public bathrooms for men and women, mainly at the ends of lines and big transit hubs, NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said. They are closed between midnight and 5 a.m. for cleaning, he said.
While transit records list 129 bathrooms, about 60 of them were locked or converted to other station uses like storage, amNewYork found.
Of the open bathrooms, a third were frightening caverns of garbage, urine, standing water or unseemly smells. Odors from the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. station on the N nearly caused an amNewYork reporter to feel faint during a recent visit.