NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Millions of visitors will be headed to the new 9/11 memorial set to open soon at Ground Zero, but if you drink something before hand, you may have to hold it.

There are no toilets at the $580 million memorial site which officially opens September 10 and city hall officials say there are no plans to haul in porta-potties.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports: No Bathrooms At 9/11 Memorial Site

Officials say bathrooms were intentionally left out of the memorial plans and say the adjacent museum will be equipped with toilets, but that isn’t scheduled to open until next year.

Some New Yorkers say they’re more surprised than offended the memorial will not have bathrooms for at least the first year it’s open.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports: Teacher Concerned About Lack Of Toilets At Memorial Site

“It seems trivial, but it probably won’t be,” said one man. “It will probably cause some people some grief.”

The lack of facilities could also be a problem for local schools. A Jersey City teacher told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck that without bathrooms on site, public schools will not be able to go on field trips to the memorial.

In the meantime, the nearest bathrooms are in the Century 21 department store where management say they’re bracing for a flood of short-term visitors.

What do you think about the lack of bathroom at the new 9/11 memorial? Sound off below in our comments section.

Comments (39)
  1. BF says:

    Is anyone surprised. NYC does not believe that the public has a right to public toilets. Just think how many public toilets you know about… after 5pm at night. What a loser city. Don’t come here for vacation, we don’t want tourists. That is what the city is saying.

  2. DumDum 911 Comission says:

    They are manufacturing an excuse to be outraged when kids tinkle on the monument — no bathrooms, no where else to go.

    1. bff says:

      Then they get a ticket and bloomberg gets more money for his budget. Or the stores should fit the bill for toilets, after all the are going to make tons of money on this deal.

  3. momma says:

    The architects must have known the time line for the main museum – one year, and should have insisted to include bathrooms. They could build temporary ones fairly quickly either attached to the memorial building or in a small separate building. It’s not rocket science.

  4. JOE says:


  5. Linda says:

    Has anyone though that just maybe they did this for a reason – good place for unattended packages (bombs) to be left – good place to take out allot more people at one time – go before you visit – stop in Century 21 and go, also the hotels here have them. New York has been through enough already with 9/11 we don’t need to offer them a chance to do it again.

    1. Johnny on the Spot says:

      What kind of idiocy is this? What esle could scared parrotts justify with the events of that terrible day. Why bother having visitors at all if you are so cowardly? Why not just wall the place uop and never let anyone in there again>? Mught as well if you are so cowardly and fearful. make me sick to mys tomach. I just know this wasnt a new yorker who worte this. What a loser Linda is.

  6. Gloria Guerriera says:

    Not only opens years late, but not to have facilities is beyond the pale. That’s Bloomberg and the city of New York for you. Let’s see about giving him another term as mayor. He sure deserves it.

  7. Joshua Warnick says:

    oh no…there’s no portajohn at 9/11 memorial…its the american way to complain…i bet you the victims survived family members aren’t thinking about wheres the john when they are visiting…all i can say is i wouldn’t want a portapotty at my gravesite….dont sh!t where you lay….ask one of the many homeless where there bathroom is…how about some real news

    1. Claudius Insula Purgatorium says:

      Typical New York City political BOZO’s stupidity. Let’s fire 6100 teachers so the mayor city council members get a third term of guaranteed employment while employees that are actually needed get the ax. Better planters and chairs and tables to obstruct motor traffic than necessary amenities like public bathrooms….

  8. sick of 9/11 says:

    ask th 9/11 committe

  9. liz says:

    Another DISGRACE!!! Bloomberg —–Blame it on him! He is total MORON!


  10. MR GOEBBELS says:


  11. Mi Maricone says:

    There are trees and bushes near by and you can sit on park bench and crack small opening and let it go.

    Oh well

  12. kanakasue says:

    This is insane. Can’t they use some innovation and find a way to build toilets that can’t be used for criminal or immoral purposes or for the homeless to bathe or that clean themselves? Maybe not. But San Francisco did. You need coins to access. They flush themselves out with water after you use them.

  13. NINA says:


  14. D Tee says:

    New York is the most “bathroom-unfriendly” place I’ve ever seen. I’m a snowbirding New Yorker who spends winters in Las Vegas and there are bathrooms everywhere. Every casino has tons of bathrooms available for anyone to use 24 hours a day!! No questions asked!! Why New York has such a S*&*^ty attitude about a normal body function is the reason why “subway cologne” abounds!! The public has to demand that there are bathrooms or it’ll be “no business as usual!!”

  15. ham07 says:

    sorry he already is foul mouthed

  16. KMD says:

    Of course they wouldn’t include plans for a bathroom…. Now the common male who has to use the bathroom takes care of his business on the street and here comes mr officer with a 100+ dollar fine for you. what a freaking racket.

    1. ham07 says:

      and that’s another $100 ticket for smoking in the park after you get your relief ticket

      hey maybe he’ll turn this city into Singapore. Maybe it won’t be so bad

  17. Kate T.Barnes says:

    Any port in a storm ,like between parked cars if need be.
    Older folks& Pregnant women need more restrooms ASAP when the urge
    Great that we don’t care about that

  18. Safety First says:

    U can use a” Century 21″ shopping bag in an emergency.

  19. M. B. A. says:

    This city hates you to find a restroom easily so why should a
    500+ million dollars project have no toilets? ,Hey it’s NYC . Sad.

  20. vigvee says:

    Wow, OK wonder who the IDIOT that came up with those plans is??

  21. Sal says:

    Stupid and disgraceful.
    I think these idiots TRY to think of ways to inconvenience people.
    Great job, as always, MORONS!!!

  22. Lee says:

    Cute!!! Now the sales of Depends will go up, Stupid idea, peaple!!!!

  23. cecelia says:

    What genius decided on no bathroom. No healthy idea

  24. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    I am so sick of 911 can we move on already .I have and i was there

    1. Blasterific says:

      Finally some common sense. Move on or remain enslaved.

  25. Eileen Regan says:

    There are porta-potties all over this city…………..but nothing for 9/11 families and visitors? 10 YEARS are they kidding? This is the best this city can do????????????

  26. Ares says:

    Brillian, so no bathrooms in the memorial because you’re going to have bathrooms at the museum, but that won’t be open for another year. So why not add a few portable bathrooms until at least the museum opens…… This is just stupid.

  27. heyryk says:

    They give not apparently reason. This is silly, this idea can harm the amount of visitors. If it is for security reasons you can set the bathrooms outside of the complex, where they can be monitored at 100 % per cent for the security perssonnel.

  28. KC says:

    What a surprise, the entire design operation has been a slow disgrace. The fact “something” has not been built already is just unreal. Maybe those people building the near-by mosque will have some suggestions? Perhaps portable commodes?

  29. Oma says:

    They can go to the new mosque. That is about all it will be worth having it the city of NY. Our CIA knows that this really where the Islamist get to brainwash young people to become martyrs.

    1. Hate HAte says:


  30. MR KNOW IT ALL says:


  31. eddbx says:

    Bureaucrats @ work. Danm Geniuses. Duh, Duh, Duh

  32. thor says:

    Bring a bottle

  33. edfranko says:

    no bathrooms anywhere in the train station either…lets close up the ones in CITY HALL….Great design …its one way to get people into the shops….get a doctors note for enlarged prostate and pea in city hall park

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