Episode 6 features stories of Washington Baths, Ravenhall, and Silver's Baths, among others, told by bathhouse owners, workers and patrons recorded for the Coney Island History Project’s oral history archive between 2000 and 2020. Bathhouses were the first businesses in Coney Island. Even before Coney’s first hotel was built in 1829, crude bathhouse shacks were set among the dunes. Before the city built the boardwalk in the 1920s, most of the Coney Island beach was private and bathhouses provided the only access to the beach and provided patrons a summer home away from home. Many had overnight accommodations, restaurants, and swimming pools, and some offered massages and the ever popular nude sunbathing. They were very sociable places and generations of family and friends from the same neighborhoods patronized the same bath houses for years until the last one, Brighton Beach Baths, was demolished in the early 1990s. Now hardly anyone knows what a bathhouse is.
Before Ruby Jacobs opened @RubysBarGrill he operated Coney Island bathhouses. In this 2000 #oralhistory his daughter Cindy describes those days. Listen via Ep 6 of @ConeyHistory's #ConeyIslandStories #podcast available on Apple, Spotify, Google and more! https://t.co/8a8SytWQMe pic.twitter.com/gl0I32Smul— Coney Island History (@ConeyHistory) March 15, 2021