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Patrick Riley

Correction: The Everard Baths was located on W. 28-th Street, just off Broadway. Not on 5-th Avenue.It was one of the oldest public baths in the city, dating from the 1920's. The fire of 1977 was widely publicized, but the place never moved to a different location either. It was closed for a few months after the fire and then reopened at the same location. It had a basement with huge Olympic-sized pool and two floors above and was very popular as a gay bathhouse from around 1975 to 1985.

James Whelander

I remember well all the bathhouses mentioned here,as i was a regular in them from 1980 until the city closed them all down in 1986.This article mentions (5) of the most popular ones in Manhattan. However, around 1981-82, in their heyday, there were no fewer than (12) gay men's baths operating in the city.....(11) in Manhattan and (1) in Flushing, Queens, i.e., The Barracks on W.42nd St.in Times Sq.,The Beacon Baths in midtown, Mt.Morris baths on W.125th St.in Harlem,The Wall Street Sauna on Maiden Lane in the financial district, The Christopher Street Baths,a tiny one,located in the basement of a residential building on Christopher Street,just off 7th Ave. South, and The Keller Baths,located atop the Keller Hotel on West Street,one block South of Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.Lastly, located in Flushing,Queens was the Northern Men's Sauna. This is gay men's bathhouse history in New York City from the 1970's right through 1986,whenthe city shuttered them all due to the AIDS crisis.

Neil Monihan

My favorite was "The Barracks" on W.42-nd Street; (closest to 8th Avenue).It was next to a theater on the second floor. The non-descript door was on the right side and as soon as you reached the window where you paid,you got a faint odor of piss ! It was dark, dirty, gloomy, grimy and full of bareback action !It was frequented by many hot and hung,black "thugs" in the 1980's and their raw white power-bottom and cock hungry pussy-boys. Some with tender and hairless lily white asses propped-up,big holes throbbing and begging for huge black dicks,and swallowing cocks and taking 30 plus loads a night on weekends ! The place stunk of piss and had a pitch-black grope-room that was always jam packed. This was before the Aids crisis hit and promiscuity was rampant !


The best was was always St. Mark's in the East Village. It had 3 floors, a restaurant cafe', was clean, and on three day weekends you had to wait on line outside to get in on Sunday nights. Everyone wanted to screw their asses off that one extra day when Monday was a holiday and there was no work. Of course,the wild and non-stop sex party blew up in everyone's face when Aids, then known as GRID surfaced...and the resat is history.

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