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Inside the Russian & Turkish Baths, the East Village's Best Worst-Kept Secret

Published On 03/23/2016 Published On 03/23/2016
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Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Even Gorbachev shvitzed here at least once. 

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Cole Saladino/Thrillist

It was a culture of open invitation to watch strangers’ bodies.

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I felt certain I had stumbled upon the sweatiest and sexiest place in Lower Manhattan.

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Cole Saladino/Thrillist

I was a menina of the steam rooms, a goddess of this basement, just four blocks from the L train.

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