The spooky, deserted, decaying north wing of the Orchard Beach
bathhouse. The concessions, terraces, and plaza used to be crammed
with people before the building was closed.
“The fabled Orchard Beach bathhouse, victim to years of salt water in
the air and benign neglect, is crumbling. Now officials are weighing
whether to replace it. The storied Depression-era building that welcomes
crowds to Orchard Beach is now being studied to determine if its crumbling
facade, as well as its often off-limits 90,000 square foot interior, should
be repaired or replaced with a new green building, Parks Department
officials said ... Shortly after it opened in the 1930s and 1940s, the
building was home to a full service restaurant,
changing facilities, locker rooms, and other amenities.” (Bronx Times,
June 27, 2012).