This page describes Malcolm X Boulevard as it appeared in 2001. The tour was developed as part of the Malcolm X Boulevard Streetscape Enhancement Project. These pages are no longer being updated.
45. J. Rozier Hansborough
Recreation Center 35 West 134th Street between Malcolm
X Blvd. and Fifth Avenue (to the east on West 135th Street
tucked behind Lenox Terrace)
This Parks Department bath house
has one of the most beautiful indoor pools in the Northeast.
Construction was begun in 1907 and completed in 1925. The
pool area has a magnificent skylight and elegant mosaic
tiles, making the aquatic experience very enriching. It
was originally designed as Turkish baths which served those
living in the neighborhood in homes lacking indoor plumbing.
Typical of its time, it was a very popular gathering place.
The center's award-winning, senior citizen synchronized
swim team, the "Honey Bears," uses this magnificent
pool for training and competition.