RUSSIAN & TURKISH BATHS
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Founded in 1892, these Russian and Turkish baths belong to a generation of public hygiene sites, which flourished in the Lower East Side when the apartments were not equipped with bathrooms. Tradition came straight from the ghettos of Eastern Europe. These baths are the last survivors of tradition, and they are famous while remaining discreet. One thing is certain: There is no place comparable to the four cardinal points in Manhattan.
The Russian & Turkish Baths attracts a mixed clientele, where the old dedouchkas and ancient lonely gradually give way to a youth of neighbourhoods attracted by the spirit of the places and to an increasing number of curious people. Nothing to do with the hyperactive atmosphere of the health clubs; here, laziness is a must, and everyone can stay as long as he wishes, while taking advantage of the facilities - freshly renovated -: the Finnish sauna, the Turkish bath (sweat room), the gym and, above all, the Extraordinary Russian Steam Room, all cement and a huge oven. The atmosphere is friendly, the straight place (one is asked to leave sexual preferences at the cloakroom) and cleanliness.
You enter, give you a bathrobe, towels and you're ready to get rid of the toxins. In an extreme and particularly dry heat, one sits on one of the three steps (the highest is the warmest) and, when the skin is hot, you bathe in cold water. The result is guaranteed: . An ice swimming pool allows you to play the big game (discouraged with fragile hearts). Jacuzzi, Swedish showers, and massage rooms, where impressive Russian masseurs masseurs (US $ 20 per half hour) are used. After a complete cleansing of soap, plus a delicious whipping, you will rest in a collective dormitory. In the bar, the food is simple, healthy, energy, excellent (juices and vegetables, Russian dishes).
The staff is discreet and seems to come straight from Moscow. As for the Russian language, it is not the slightest element of change. The place is obviously to be spent in winter (summer, sauna is free… on the streets of the city). Call first, preferably in the morning, knowing that these places are unique and therefore very popular. Confirm the days for men and women. Saturday is mixed, but more crowded.
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Open every day from noon to 10pm, from 10am Wednesday, of 9am Saturday and 8am Sunday. Admission: US$30. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 10pm: mixed. Wednesday from 10am to 2pm: women only, Sunday from 8am to 2pm: men only.
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