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City's second auto-toilet is a hit

February 12, 2009
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NEW YORK — The city''s second automatic, self-cleaning public toilet located in Corona Plaza is getting rave reviews from passers-by and patrons alike, according to the Daily News.
Between December 13 and December 31, the Corona toilet was used 1,142 times — usage figures that rival the city''s first such public toilet located in Madison Square Park, the story stated.
Assemblyman Jose Peralta said: "I think it''s great. People think it''s some kind of art structure. It''s very positive for the community. People are always looking for a bathroom."
The sleek, shiny metal toilets are manufactured by Cemusa and are heated and self-cleaning; after each flush, water and disinfectant are sprayed on the toilet and across the floor, the story noted.
Several safety features have helped fend off vandals and others; the toilet closes at night, and if too many people enter the structure, sensors prevent the door from closing. There are also several panic buttons in case anyone gets stuck, the story added.
According to the story, initial fears that the 15 minutes of clean privacy the toilets provide would lend themselves to drug deals and other illicit purposes have been unfounded.
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