Renovated Corlears Hook Park Bathhouse Unveiled After Decades-Long Dormancy

Posted on: July 2nd, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Friends of Corlears

Time for some toilet talk.

After two decades of closure, the public at large finally has access again to the bathrooms inside Corlears Hook Park. The rather quiet reopening earlier this week is actually years in the making.

Until now, the 1940s-era Corlears bathhouse footprint served as the citywide headquarters for the Parks Enforcement Patrol. It had been a source of contention for locals who accuse the city of nabbing Lower East Side parkhouses from the community (see also the “Stanton Building” in Sara D. Roosevelt). Plans to reopen the so-called comfort station for public use were first floated five years ago. That’s when $1.42 million in funding from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. hit the coffers. Initial target completion was late-2017.

However, bathrooms only occupy about one-third of the structure. The balance is renovated PEP offices and Parks storage.

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