Vacant basement commercial spaces don't get much play around these parts, but this one's got history. The Mount Morris Turkish Baths was a longtime survivor of New York's gay bathhouse scene, the type of place where, the New York Times reported in 2003, the same sign could warn patrons about a no-sex policy and advise them about proper condom disposal. Built in the 1890s, the bathhouse started attracting a gay clientele in the 1930s, but it wasn't solely used as a hookup spot (there was even an education director on staff). Now, Harlem Bespoke reports, the 5,000-square-foot space is for rent, and the blog would love "an actual gay bar or speakeasy" to take over the Madison Avenue and 125th Street spot. Even if it becomes a dentist's office, we hope that classic sign remains safe.
· Mt. Morris Turkish Baths For Rent [Harlem Bespoke]