Jose Beth Smolensky

Juilliard trained musician whose family owned Washington Baths

Jose Beth Smolensky
Interview Date:
August 1 2010


Jose Beth Smolensky describes growing up working for the Washington Baths, her family's Coney Island business. Her father, Harry Smolensky had high standards for cleanliness and kept the baths open for a longer season than most. Both of these qualities made Washington Baths tremendously popular with locals and visitors. Smolensky talks about the facilities and the activities at the bathhouse. She describes living above the Annex and practicing her violin there at the time she attended Juilliard as a young woman.