Occupy Wall Street installs portable restrooms for protesters

Protesters frequently use public restrooms in businesses surrounding Zuccotti Park.

Four Lower Manhattan lawmakers who have been vocal about addressing what they call the quality-of-life concerns of people who live near Zuccotti Park, announced today that Occupy Wall Street has agreed to improve restroom access for protesters.

Last week, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Margaret Chin sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pleading with him to enforce laws against public urination and excessive noise from drumming.

Today, the four politicians said Occupy Wall Street installed three portable bathrooms on a loading dock area connected to 52 Broadway. A trained security guard will be on duty there 24-hours a day.

“We are pleased that, on the heels of the city responding to our calls to remove excessive barricades, there has been significant progress on one of the other pressing quality-of-life issues: improved bathroom access,” the four lawmakers said in a joint statement.

They once again called on the city to enforce laws prohibiting public urination and excessive noise. They also reiterated their support for the protester’s First Amendment rights.

“The fact that both the city and OWS are making progress in addressing serious quality-of-life issues signals that there is a path for solving these and other emerging concerns,” the lawmakers said. “We strongly encourage the parties to continue to communicate and we ask that the park remain open and accessible for emergency personnel.” 

The OWS PR team confirmed via email to Metro that the portable restrooms are installed a few blocks from Zuccotti Park in “well-lit, safe location.”

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