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Hansborough Recreation Center

W. 134 St., Lenox Terrace Pl.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The 134th Street Bathhouse opened to the public on June 1, 1925 under the auspices of Manhattan Borough President Julius Miller. It was one of many bathhouses built early in the century to promote public health, hygiene, and recreation. According to a 1927 newspaper article, the Harlem facility was built at a cost of almost $500,000 and was “the last word in shower bath construction.” The stunning natatorium (meaning indoor swimming pool, from the Latin natare, to swim) was decorated with tiles, mosaics, and ceramic panels depicting sea creatures.

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Recreation CentersHansborough Recreation Center

From Friday, November 7 through Monday, November 10, the swimming pool at Hansborough Recreation Center is closed for improvements. It is expected to reopen on Tuesday, November 11. Please call the center at (212) 234-9602 for more information.
Anticipated Completion: 11/11/2014

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