Game of Thrones: New York City’s Most Filthy and Fascinating Bar Toilets

  • Now you can really know before you go.

    Introducing Toilets of New York, a Tumblr devoted the the peculiar artistry of the dive bar toilet. (Finally!) The site features dozens of photographs of the gross, the graffitied, the ugly—and in some rare occasions, the clean.

    The blog is the brainchild of Ian MacAllen and largely features hipster spots in Brooklyn and the East Village. The Observer reached out to the toilet traveler and asked him how, exactly, he came to chronicle crappers.

    “I realized someone was taking a whole lot of time on these bathrooms. They’re really delicately curated, both the objects in them and the wallpaper,” he told The Observer.

    But when does inspiration strike? Mr. MacAllen said he choses his “subjects” based on where he happens to be hanging out. And while he doesn’t go to bars solely in search of the next flush, he admitted to taking a leak just to check out the facilities. And after two months of toilet touring, he’s starting to notice patterns.

    “To me, the graffiti in the bathroom is something kind of in itself interesting,” he said. “Some [bathrooms] have the classic New York City subway tiles, some have this black and white theme from the 1920s.”

    Now, next time you drunkenly stumble into the bathroom at Duck Duck or Cherry Tavern after one too many PBRs, you’ll know what you’re in for. Which is, in some cases, toilet paper all over floor, empty glasses on the back of the tank, red mood lighting or our favorite: a sign that reads “PLEASE, PLEASE PEE ON THE TOILET AND NOT ON THE SEAT.”

    Click through the slide show for a sampling of the Toilets of New York’s photos. Just don’t forget to wash your hands.

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  • Wogie’s, West Village

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Trip House, Bushwick

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Crown Victoria, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Duck Duck, East Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Bossa Nova Civic Club, Bushwick

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Mamma Joy’s, Bushwick

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • The Narrows, East Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Revival Bar, Union Square

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Cherry Bar, East Village

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Barcade, Jersey City

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Brooklyn Starr, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Local 138, Lower East Side

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Mission Chinese Food, Lower East Side

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Glasslands Gallery, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Pearls, Bushwick

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Shea Stadium, East Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • McSorley’s Old Ale House, East Village

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Penny Farthing, East Village

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Vu, K-Town

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Lulu’s, Greenpoint

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Black Rabbit, Greenpoint

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Scratcher, East Village

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Welcome to the Johnsons, Lower East Side

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • The Wayland, East Village

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Putnam’s Pub and Cookery, Clinton Hill

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Lolita, Lower East Side

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Gotham City Lounge, Bushwick

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Larry Lawrence, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Sharlene’s Bar, Prospect Heights

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Extra Fancy, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Tandem, Bushwick

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Tom and Jerry’s, NoHo

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • 68 Jay St. Bar, DUMBO

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Commonwealth, South Slope

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Silent Barn, Bushwick

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Tradesman, East Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Bushwick Country Club, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • In Bushwick, this would be called "bathroom art." (The Wreck Room, Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen)

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Roberta’s, East Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Franklin Park, Crown Heights

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Triona’s, West Village

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Lady Jay’s, East Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Norman’s Kil, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Videology, Williamsburg

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Matchless, Greenpoint

    Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

  • Photo Courtesy of Ian MacAllen

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