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Hansborough Recreation Center

W. 134 St., Lenox Terrace Pl.


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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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This Recreation Center's hours are affected over Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, November 25, it opens at its regularly scheduled time, but closes at 5:00 p.m. On Thursday, November 26 it is closed. Regular hours resume on Friday, November 27.
Anticipated Completion: 11/27/2015

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