Sunday, July 31, 2005
You have to admit, there haven't been as many of these lately. When I listened to Manny from Josh Pais' 7th Street film I heard him mention the Columbia Street Pool. This was followed by a graphic of a bathhouse. I was confused. Did the bathhouses have pools? Did Manny mean the Hamilton Fish Pool? That pool was built in the mid 30's and Manny may have been 20 or so by then and not a kid. Maybe Manny was referring to the floating bathhouses? In any case the search turned up two excellent resources. One was an old reliable, which every nyc history buff should explore: http://www.forgotten-ny.com and the other was a genealogical site made by http://www.maggieblanck.com. Here's a pdf of some relevant pages from forgotten ny and pages, with some great "home" images, from maggie blanck.