image was originally part of a collection I call Urban
EdiGlyphs- which is also featured at the THE
FADING AD GALLERY in Brooklyn.
This establishment has been around since the twenties. It had
been frequented chiefly by African-American men. When gay bath
houses were systematically closed during the eighties by the NYC
Dept of Health - in their hasty response to the AIDS crisis, this
one was overlooked. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
to recent e-mails, it has come to my attention that since its
recent closing, the Gay press has not made the same uproar as
they have over the closing of the Wall Street Sauna. Mt.
Morris had remained open until last year (2003) when it was closed
by the NYC Buildings Dept. for structural problems. It was one
of few establishments in that area that distributed safe-sex information
and paraphernalia. It will be sorely missed.
Remember- the AIDS crisis is not over!