Harlem’s Swimming And Floating Baths

harlem diving bathing beauty 1900During the 19th century, many Harlem, New York children escaped the heat by swimming in the Hudson or East rivers—they’d either jump off the piers or use enclosed swimming areas called “floating baths.” Continue Reading →

1884: Jumbo, The Dog Who Swam for His Life in Harlem

Jumbo the Newfoundland Who Swam for His Life in HarlemOn July 18, 1884, a swimming race for dogs took place at the Harlem Beach Bathing Pavilion – also known as the Harlem Beach Baths – located on New York’s East River at the foot of East 116th Street. Continue Reading →