"I must do something in time: under such circumstances a Russian bath
might do me good.
His thin, worn, sallow face was covered with deep wrinkles, which always looked as clean and well washed as the tips of one's fingers after a Russian bath
. The movement of these wrinkles formed the principal play of expression on his face.
Program associate Renee Newman began the research and soon found the 1923 Sanborn map recording a "Russian Bath
" on the property.
The picture wasn't much better for the European soap market, where sales were expected to drop 8.5% to $3.3 billion, with a similar decline expected for Russian bath
and shower products.
See Andrew Higgins, "Why the Russian Police Tried to Take Public the Russian Bath
," Wall Street Journal, 24 April 2000, 1.
"Irony" tells the story of hero Zhenya (played by Andrei Myagkov), who has one drink too many at a traditional year-end celebration at a Russian bath
and ends up by mistake in an apartment in Leningrad that is identical to his own in Moscow.
Here, in the basement of a 100-year-old, coed Russian bath
house, he mingles with Hasidic Jews while sweating and cleansing his body and mind.
In 1930, the older structures were demolished to make way for a new building containing swimming pools and Turkish and Russian baths
but these closed and became derelict before being demolished in 2009.
As well as the pool, they boasted very grand sounding Turkish and Russian baths
as well as slipper baths, a shampooing room and a cooling room, and they were once quite some place.
If you've ever been to the Russian baths
, or perhaps a sauna, you know that after a while the foreignness of being naked slips away and, as a friend aptly put it, "skin becomes just skin." Kries hopes that doing naked yoga alone at home, or with friends, will open women up to talking about their bodies with other women, and ultimately rediscovering a sense of their own beauty.
Assignments like Chekhov at the Russian baths
or Sarah Kane performed all over the East Village give theater artists a way to think of what environment does to text or, vice versa, what text does to environment.
Then, to destress and calm my muscles after work, I take the same bath." On her days off, Riga heads to the Russian Baths
in the East Village for an intensified version with steam rooms and bath pools.