Video: Potty Time!
E-mail Rick

Nov. 20, 2006

I think one of the hallmarks of a good TV journalist is versatility. At least I hope that's true, after spending the day covering new public bathrooms opening in Times Square.

I was bombarded with e-mails from friends after my first live shot of the day, questioning my career path, suggesting (with a smile, I hope) that it was literally heading straight down the toilet.

And while I WAS able to work lots of puns into my stories, there were many things I couldn't say. Of course, I can't say them here either. I love my job too much.

I can say this: Doris Roberts (the mom from "Everybody Loves Raymond") is very funny and a great sport. She proved it's impossible to cut toilet paper with giant scissors, ripping it off the wall each time she tried, and she demonstrated a child's "tinkle dance" to illustrate kids needing a place to go. She also told me she tried out one of the toilets, proclaiming it more comfortable than the bathrooms in her own home.

She's right in asserting it's tough to take care of "business" when you're out and about in NYC, since hotels and restaurants tend to reserve their facilities for customers only. The city is apparently planning to open its own public restrooms, but it hasn't happened yet, so many thousands of residents and visitors can thank Charmin for blazing this historic porcelain trail.

If you're in town and need a bathroom break, look for the sky blue sign on the East side of Broadway between 45th and 46th streets. But please don't tell them I sent you!

Rick Leventhal has been a New York-based correspondent with FOX News Channel (FNC) since June 1997. You can read his bio here.