The facilities had been owned by two different Russian families since 2006, and the local Russian community did not immediately embrace the new ownership. “People were wondering why Russians weren’t buying the banya,” says Portillo, whose family made improvements to the facility before reopening. A trip to ру́сская ба́ня (Russian banya/ Russian sauna) is a healing cultural experience for your mind and body. Many Russians have a баня (banya) on their dachas and might be enjoying the “jumping in the snow after banya” in their backyards with the last of this winter’s snow. Image by KSchlott from Pixabay.
Here are a few spas and saunas in NYC where you can get the chance to experience a Banya or Hammam, or both! 1. Russian and Turkish Baths | East Village. This 130-year old bathhouse is the oldest sauna/bathhouse in the city, having opened its doors in 1892. You can find old regulars, the curious passerby, and even celebrities at this spot. "In Pollock's account, the banya is an inarguably quintessential Russian institution, but also reveals perennial institutional dysfunction." -- Randy Rosenthal, Los Angeles Review of Books "Pollock has produced a rarity: a work of solid scholarship that is also an elegant page-turner.
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