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Harlem Bathhouse Now Available for Other Types of Debauchery

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]