1. There’s An Abandoned Pool and Hot Tub in the Basement
Woolworth’s vision of the pool—a luxurious and lavish Pompeian pool and hot tub—was never quite realized. The pool had its best use as a Jack Lalanne fitness club, but it’s boarded up today. However, there are plans to renovate the pool along with part of the building that will be turned into condos. Another fun fact: It’s the second oldest pool in the city, after the one at Teachers College, according to Roy. Also, the pool contained a drain to allow the water to be used by the building’s fire prevention system as another method to ensure it’s safety (since it was constructed right after the sinking of the Titanic, which was allegedly unsinkable, Woolworth wanted to ensure that his building truly was impervious).
The remnants of the hot tub
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