Are you in need of a free shower or bath in New York? Well, there are a few options that are available to you for cheap or free. If you are having a problem in getting access to take a full shower or full bath, you may want to consider a “sponge bath” (using either a cloth or sponge) as it can be an effective means for cleaning your body even though it is usually not as effective.
Beaches in New York
You can try to locate beaches in New York with free admission and late hours that includes a free stall to grab a quick shower to freshen up. So you are not detained while visiting late at night at the venues, you should leave if law enforcement request you to do so. Law enforcement has the right to arrest you for not following their instructions to disperse so it is important to heed their warning.
Bookstores in New York
A bookstore like Barnes & Noble can be an option for finding a restroom along with the numerous libraries. Since lots of people borrow or buy books, expect a little traffic going in and out of them.
Churches in New York
Large churches that has recreational services on site (such as a indoor or outdoor basketball) may have a shower for their members. Although these may be reserved for their members, a polite request may grant you access to their shower facilities or at a member dwelling who lives nearby.
Educational Institutions in New York
During a natural disaster, schools, colleges and universities will turn there building into a shelter. Bathrooms will be located on each floor while showers will be located in the gym area.
Find a local gym and get a free pass for up to seven (7) days. During the time the pass is valid, take advantage of their showers. When the pass expires, move to another gym offering the same offer but keep track as you go.
Hospitals in New York
Hospitals are always open (unless there is a quarantine from a disease outbreak) to the public as they are always expecting an emergency. Since they are cleaned often, do not make it a vacation in the restroom or the hospital staff will notify Hospital Security on you.
Hostels in New York
Access to the showers are available at Hostels in New York and is included in your rates. For as low as US$26.00, you can get access to a shared room and shared bathroom.
Parks in New York
A few public parks in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island will have spray showers where one can cool down from the heat. A great option in the Summer when it is hot. These are in public view and around minors so appropriate clothing must be kept on at all times to avoid being ticketed for lewdness.
Precincts in New York
Police Precincts in New York will offer their restroom to the public to reduce the amount of “public urination” in the city so you can try to get a quick sponge bath in one. This is one of the reasons it is difficult to escape a pink summons from them.
Restaurants in New York
Most fast food restaurant are open 24/7 and will have a restroom that is open to the public. Please be aware that an employee or manager may have to buzz you into the restroom or provide to you a key. If you are given a key, do not leave it on the sink then exit the bathroom or it will be locked inside.
Shelters in New York
There are quite a few shelters in New York. One can put you up for a night and have the option of taking a shower.
Spas in New York
Before taking a dip in a sauna at a spa, you will be asked to take a shower so this is the perfect option to get a shower plus access to other services that the spa will be offering.
Stores in New York
Most stores (ie. Target) will have restroom where one can use the facilities and depending on the design of the location, it can be near the back or front of the store. Looking for the cashier or Customer Service is an easy way to find the restroom since they are familiar with the store and use it themselves.
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