Neptune’s trident on the 11th Street public baths
When city officials began opening public baths in poor neighborhoods all over New York, they could have put up cheap, purely functional structures.
Instead, architects designed lovely, dignified bath buildings, like this Beaux-Arts treasure on 11th Street between Avenues A and B.
Built in 1906 and used as a public bath until the 1950s, it has some enchanting ornamental touches—like the fish framing Neptune’s trident.
Landmarked in 2008, the building is now a photo studio.
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