December Tucked away in a tightly-built neighborhood a few blocks southeast of City Hall is one of Yonkers' three remaining public bath houses. It was built as a refuge for working class citizens whose tenement-like housing did not have hot water, or perhaps had no sufficient plumbing at all. The pool later served as a recreational center for the citizens of Yonkers and shut down in the late s. After two decades of abandonment, this National Register-listed building is due to face the wrecking ball in January
You can't stroll down a sidewalk in New York without tripping over an old ghost story, whether it be the restless spirit of Peter Stuyvesant over at St. Our parks are haunted, our bars and restaurants, our churches and theaters. Some even claim the Brooklyn Bridge is haunted, although I pity that mournful apparition on a crowded Saturday afternoon. Old places generally accumulate their share of ghost tales, and New York is certainly old indeed -- over years old. But that's not the only reason the Big Apple is so frightfully haunted. The city's first great writer, Washington Irving , both popularized and satirized urban legends, spinning his most famous yarn The Legend of Sleepy Hollow out of the misty superstitions of Westchester County. With the dawning of second Great Awakening -- centered in western New York state -- the American religious experience became deeply personalized, revising views on the afterlife.
As the number of bathhouses declines, some are adding new amenities and advertising online to keep their doors open. Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach.
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