December Tucked away in a tightly-built neighborhood a few blocks southeast of City Hall is one of Yonkers' three remaining public bath houses. It was built as a refuge for working class citizens whose tenement-like housing did not have hot water, or perhaps had no sufficient plumbing at all. The pool later served as a recreational center for the citizens of Yonkers and shut down in the late s.
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No one knows exactly how many men were inside the Everard Baths in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 25, Maybe there were 80 to , as the building owner estimated later. Maybe there were more. They would have been hanging out in the steam room or the sauna, grabbing something to eat from the snack shop in the lobby, swimming laps in the heavily chlorinated pool in the basement, getting a massage, smoking a joint, buying drugs from the attendant on the third floor, or having sex on a bed in one of the private cubicles or the big, communal L-shaped dormitory, also known as the orgy room.
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It was advertised as reminiscent of "the glory of ancient Rome". The features of this bathhouse included a small disco dance floor, a cabaret lounge with a baby grand piano, both only feet from a narrow "Olympia blue" swimming pool, sauna rooms, bunk beds in public areas, and tiny rooms as one would find in any gay bathhouse. The facility had the capacity to serve nearly 1, men, 24 hours a day. One gay guide from the s described the Continental Baths as a place that "revolutionized the bath scene in New York City. Some features of the Continental Bathhouse included a warning system that tipped off patrons when police arrived.