Back in April, Park Slope’s sense of community was revitalized when nearly 2,200 of you showed up in hopes of free food dropped your busy schedules to vote on which community projects should receive municipal funding from $1M in tax payers' dollars .
Seeing that there is no Starbucks -- and therefore a nice Starbucks bathroom -- directly across the street from P.S. 124, we collectively elected to renovate two of the school's dysfunctional bathrooms at the cost of $150,000. Currently, the girls' bathroom is without any stall doors, and its floor is crumbling. The girls also get the pleasure of having a MacGyver-esque-heated toilet seat, which is actually just a scalding toilet placed directly next to a radiator leaving it unusable in winter. The boys' bathroom only has one stall and gets zero heat in the winter (also: with $150,000 and Park Slope moms in the mix, these kids better be getting a bidet when this shit finally happens).
Yet now it's September, school has started, and no work has been done on the bathrooms. P.S. 124's Principal, Annabell Martinez, is. Pissed. "I expected to get some kind of contact during the summer months [saying] it was in bidding," she recently told DNAinfo.com. "But I've actually heard nothing at all regarding this project. "I don't know who the genius was that thought this was a good idea, but it certainly does not respect children.”
DNAinfo has plenty of photos of the potty drama and one very disapproving looking principal, so click on over if you want to make yourself feel less unfortunate for having to use a bodega bathroom over the lunch hour (or, ever).
As for the where the renovations stand, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education said that the project "Will be assigned to a consultant to begin scope and design shortly," but noted that it was premature to give a ballpark completion date. City Councilmember Brad Lander added that sometimes capital improvements, even when fully funded, can take years to actually happen.
Anyone live near the school who wants to selflessly lend out their bathrooms to these poor kids? Seriously.