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Welcome relief for North End visitors at Old North Church

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports Old North Church is opening two restrooms to the public on a trial basis - with a suggested donation of $1 per visit. Finding a place to go in the tourist-dependent North End has long been a challenge.

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Gives new meaning to '1 if by land, 2 if by sea.'

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A little known fact is that along the Harborwalk, public restrooms are to be found in all of the hotels along the route. On Battery Wharf, besides the restrooms in the hotel, there is a pocket museum, too, that is free, just across from the water taxi waiting area. I submitted the descriptions of several Harborwalk restrooms to your "database", and so far, I have found all of them unfailingly spotless, empty, open and fully accessible for all types of mobility aids.

At Long Wharf, the restrooms are on the second floor/mezzanine of the Marriott, and at Rowe's Wharf, they are inside and toward the back of the ferry waiting room. Moving along our little tour towards South Station, there is another set of restrooms on the side of the hotel across from James Hook Lobster Pound (forget which hotel and street) on Atlantic Avenue.

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I noticed on Friday that the Marriott Long Wharf had added a sign in the ground floor lobby about restrooms outside near Starbucks (presumably attached to that ground level bar). I hope it goes without saying that users of hotel restrooms should take care to be neat & tidy and keep their visits brief so as not to spoil it for the rest of us.

I can also recommend the restrooms in South Station (not the North End, of course, but a good stop on the waterfront). They are kept quite clean & usable. On Friday there were a LOT of stalls out of order. I hope it's not a sign...

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So, don't piss on the floor is what you're saying?

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Now I have to activate them (yes, I'm a slug).

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Is an embarrassment for a city that has so many tourists. Is it still the case that there is nothing around the Boston Common?

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But that's only open during the summer.

The Beacon Street Starbucks is the default bathroom for that area. Also, Macy's in DTX.

With Emerson and Suffolk there, I can understand why they keep their bathrooms closed. One shady person in a public restroom and parents scream.

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The Marriott Long Wharf sometimes has a sign posted in the first floor lobby, on a door that leads to a set of conference rooms, "No Public Restrooms". That's true that there are no restrooms through that door, but it's a bit misleading -- since, as an earlier poster has noted, the restrooms are on the second floor. (Up the escalator, turn right and walk past the front desk, then turn right again before you get to the dining room.)

My understanding is that the Marriott restrooms, and the right of the public to walk through the first floor lobby to get to the other side of the building, are requirements based on the fact that the hotel sits on what used to be a public way, which was closed to allow construction of the hotel.

On the Common there are restrooms at the Visitors Information Center on the Tremont Street side, near West Street. They're open year round, 7 days a week, until 4:45. But they can get a bit grungy with heavy use throughout the day. Restrooms inside the State House are open 5 days a week, but you have to go through a security check to get inside. Likewise the ones in the State Transportation Building (2nd floor) used to be open to the pubic, but again a security check; I haven't been in that building for years so I don't know the present situation.

And there are a couple of nearby hotels that maybe you could sneak into.

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The NorthEndWaterfront.com post cited in the main story above also notes "a new one at the Marriott Long Wharf on the ground level accessible from the outside near Tia’s and Starbucks."

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City crawling with tourist, residents,business people....with no place to pee [those big azz coffees go right through you] or dispose of their trash. And if you're at South Station, Back Bay, bus terminal, no place to stash your baggage while waiting for your train/bus. I had some trash on me after exiting the subway in B.B. the other day and walked a good six blocks before coming across a trash can. At Park Street under [red line] the trash cans are placed in the center, with none on either end of the long stations. All in all this city is remarkably clean considering the above.

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There are trash cans all over the station and out front. Also across the street at Copley Place/Tent City and at each corner of the block. In fact I can't imagine a route out of BB that doesn't have a trash can on the same block as the station. They are a little odd looking (squat cylinders with a smallish hole in the middle).

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