Active bladders around the city may be relieved to hear the recent news: Starbucks will continue to allow non-customers to use their restrooms. Rumors went viral after several major news organizations began reporting that Starbucks would no longer allow the public to use its bathrooms.
Reports that we are eliminating public restrooms are completely false. Starbucks stores will continue to have public restrooms available. In rare cases at large stores with two restrooms, we have converted one of the restrooms for partner (employee) use, said a Starbucks company spokesperson to an inquiry from IBTimes.
If Starbucks closed their bathrooms to the public, it could have devestated toilet-seekers around Manhattan. Starbucks has 196 locations across the city and is often sought as an oasis because of its iconic green drapes and hardwood interior.
For those of you who can't stand dodging the hordes of laptop-toting mocha drinkers, there's no need to fear. The people over at The Bathroom Diaries have posted an interactive map that's pinpointed all the public restrooms around lower Manhattan. For a more thorough map, check out NY Restroom.