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P.S. 58 Shows 'Noxious and Unhealthy' Bathrooms in New Video


That’s what kids at P.S. 58 say when they use the school’s bathroom, with toilets that are hard to flush and broken soap dispensers.

But eight newly renovated bathrooms for the Carroll School’s K-5 students could become a reality through City Councilman Brad Lander’s participatory budget program.

Lander’s program allows the District 39 community to decide how to spend $1 million of the councilman's discretionary budget for public improvements.

To encourage locals to vote for their cause, P.S. 58 has released a video showing students and the school’s “dirty, gloomy, noxious and unhealthy” bathrooms that haven’t been renovated since 1954, according to the video.

Budgeted at $110,000, the project would allow the school to renovate the bathrooms with 45 automatic flushing valves, new toilet paper and paper towel dispensers and covers for the lights and vent.

Community members can choose five out of 24 projects, such as a community plaza on Hamilton and Van Brunt Street, new computers at Carroll Gardens Library and a filmmaking lab at John Jay Educational Campus.

To vote, residents must be 16 years old or older and live in District 39, which includes Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Borough Park.

Here are the spots where locals can vote for their favorite projects:

April 2 to April 4  (7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) – Councilman Brad Lander’s District Office (456 Fifth Ave.)

April 6 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – Carroll Gardens Library (396 Clinton St.), Old Stone House (336 Third St.), Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace (1224 Prospect Ave.)

April 7 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – Beth Jacob Day Care (1371 46th St.), P.S. 230 Lower School (425 McDonald Ave.), Park Slope Armory YMCA (361 15th St.), Carroll Park House (Carroll Street and Smith Street).