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Mermaid Spa

When it comes to Russian baths or banya, Brooklyn’s Mermaid Spa is the real deal. (A banya, for the uninitiated, is a traditional Eastern European sauna where heated stones generate warmth and water tossed on the stones creates humidity.) Take a scorching sauna or steam bath followed by a bold leap into ice water or a frigid stroll through a freezer. Located near Coney Island, the spa also offers traditional Russian massage, which includes being beaten (gently) by a leafy bundle of twigs. 

From: Around the World in Five New York Boroughs

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