Silvers Baths

Dear Mr. Coney Island...
I would like to know if you have any information about the Silver Baths in Coney Island. It would of been around give or take 1920. I don't know the exact name maybe it was Silver Salt baths. If you have any information i would love to hear from you. I do know it was visited by a big Jewish population. Looking forward to hear from you.
- Helene Ayala

Hello Helene,

Silvers Baths was Coney's fanciest bathhouse and was located on West 23rd Street at the Boardwalk from 1914 until 1968. The original complex burned in the great fire of 1932 and was replace with an ornate buff-brick building with a theater-style marquee that advertised "Russian Turkish Hot Salt Water Baths" and a "Vita Glass Solarium." The Solarium, on the Boardwalk side of the building, was a popular venue for sunbathing.

Silvers had swimming pools, steam rooms, restaurants, dormitories for overnight stays, and masseurs. The baths had a jitney that would pick up customers at the Stillwell Subway Terminal and deliver them to the front door. Silvers was operated by John Bonsignore in its final years. The clientele was mostly of Eastern European descent.



My father had a sign shop on 22nd Street and then on 22 and Surf Ave. He did all the signs for Silver's Bath until he was, health wise, to close shop. As a kid, I remember delivering signs to the bathhouse and was taken on a tour, since I never knew what was their business. As far as I was concerned, people when there just to take a bath! Oh well, those days are long gone. By the way, I remember as a toddler being taken to the roof of the building on 29th and Surf Ave where we lived to see the "great fire of 1932". There was a Nunnery between 27 & 28 St near the Boardwalk. We saw the nuns gathered and praying, I assume for the fire to stop. Guess what? The fire stopped at 27th Street.

I was friends with his son Joseph Bonsignore and before it closed we would go their loved the saltwater baths.Fun days in Coney Island

My dad used to take me as a little kid to Silvers, in the early 60's...I remember it had a giant saltwater pool, high power hoses, wet and dry sauna, and lots of naked old men.. I also remember it had a restaurant upstairs..more of a cafeteria. Many fond memories.

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