Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...
1) History Lessons: wherein we explore our city's past, from Bronx to Battery.
The newly renovated rec center on West 60th Street has been open for almost a year now, but what was there before it? Christopher Gray takes us back to the turn-of-the-century, when public baths ruled New York, a wave of reform culminating in 1914 with twenty active bathhouses in all boroughs except filthy, stinking Staten Island (just kidding, Staten Island!). The large, brick-and-limestone bathhouse on West 60th was built in 1906. It featured eighty showers (but no tubs) and became a favored neighborhood cool-down spot in the summer. The expanded bathhouse is now known as the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, which reopened last year after extensive exterior and interior renovations. ["When a Hot Shower Was a Frill"]
2) Every "The Hunt" column begins with the Hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality
The Hunter: a Curbed employee looking to buy
Reality: Crown Heights
Dream: 1BR, affordable
Reality: 1BR, affordable, elevator
This week's hunter is (full disclosure) Jackie Goldstein, the director of operations here at Curbed. Having grown up in the city, Jackie managed to save up enough to buy a place of her own a few years out of college. She was looking for a one-bedroom in Brooklyn, starting in Park Slope and Kensington, and eventually finding a nice, spacious one-bedroom in a prewar elevator building in Crown Heights. She offered $280,000 and started moving in during the winter. Way to go, Jackie! You're an inspiration to all recent college graduates living at home with their parents and gradually losing their minds on the Upper West Side (or, y'know, wherever). Thanks for giving
us them hope! [The Hunt/"Crown Heights, Brooklyn: A Place of Her Own"]