May 31, 2010 Studio Square…aka The New Beer Garden, NY

The New Beer Garden…they have delicious beer and it’s a fun, active place to hang out with friends, even if the atmosphere is a little too polished and the patrons a little too close to college age.  They have a unique scheme for their restrooms:  an alcove lined with doors into private water closets.  It’s easy to feel rushed there on a busy night because the lines are ridiculous (they even have a sign hanging from the ceiling announcing where the ladies are supposed to assemble).  But on a quiet night, like the Memorial Day when I was there watching the Flyers game with some friends, you can take all the time you want.

One of the interesting features of this bathroom are their toilets; they are suspended from the wall without any support coming up from the floor.  The sinks are cute miniature versions of big industrial restaurant kitchen sinks.  I like that – style, but with a wink of utilitarianism.  It’s a playful gesture.  The rooms are bright without being harsh (perfect for late beery eyes) and the lighting fixtures also hint at an industrial style.  Everything is new and clean.  Because the room is so spacious and private, you feel free to spread out, take your time, check your hair…whatever you do with those extra moments.

The soap dispenser has a little triangle through which you can see the soap inside, and the hand dryer has a red lit triangle that turns green when your hands activate the blower.

The nicest feature is the inlaid tile chair rail in the wall.  The little tiles are brushed metal, ever-so-gentle sea green clear glossy glass, and the same color in a frosted glass.


About amyontheotherside

I've always been attentive to the public restrooms I've used...the good, the bad and the ugly! They all have their uniqueness and charms. I explore these on my blog, "From in the Can". In the rest of my life (outside of the bathroom) I have just moved from NYC to Virginia and am chronicling the experience in the "Experiment in a New Life" blog.
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