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(Gothamist)   Let's see how Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel - once the king of the "Borscht Belt" - is doing. OY vey   (gothamist.com) divider line 68
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2014-01-11 01:39:02 PM
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2014-01-11 01:42:22 PM
galleries.gothamistllc.com
 
2014-01-11 02:05:53 PM
Looks like there's still a country club and 18 hole golf course on the grounds.

From the website:
"Don't let the drive up the hill past the abandoned hotel dull your senses or enthusiasm:..."

/
sounds like the beginning of a Stephen King novel
 
2014-01-11 02:40:35 PM

BunkyBrewman: Looks like there's still a country club and 18 hole golf course on the grounds.

From the website:
"Don't let the drive up the hill past the abandoned hotel dull your senses or enthusiasm:..."

/sounds like the beginning of a Stephen King novel


I just love their slogan - Grossinger's has everything for the type of person who likes to come to Grossinger's!

I has always made me LOL.  Grossingers!  You know - if you're into that sort of thing...
 
2014-01-11 02:48:34 PM

Zotfripper: [farm3.static.flickr.com image 816x488]


Another reason why I am indifferent to watching society fall apart.
 
2014-01-11 05:05:58 PM
I love urban exploration.
 
2014-01-11 05:08:36 PM
galleries.gothamistllc.com
i'll say....and HOW
 
2014-01-11 05:09:17 PM
whats wrong with the karmic decay of a monument to tacky jewish consumerism?
 
2014-01-11 05:11:03 PM
The reason why it's no longer king.
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2014-01-11 05:11:20 PM
galleries.gothamistllc.com

peter pan posse?

2.bp.blogspot.com
most fabulous gang evar! 2012
 
2014-01-11 05:12:32 PM
That light fixture is very nice,I'm surprised it's still there.
 
2014-01-11 05:14:42 PM
Jackie Mason, Buddy Hacket, Joan Rivers, Jerry Lewis all played Grossinger's.

Wait, Jackie Mason is Jewish?
 
2014-01-11 05:17:34 PM
What on Earth is a natatorium?????
 
2014-01-11 05:18:17 PM
I'm always intrigued by photos of abandoned buildings, especially buildings that were iconic in their day. This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.
 
2014-01-11 05:19:04 PM

chookbillion: What on Earth is a natatorium?????


Swimming pool/sunroomish spa area...
 
2014-01-11 05:20:21 PM

shastacola: That light fixture is very nice,I'm surprised it's still there.


What I wouldn't do to salvage some of those big timbers.
 
2014-01-11 05:21:26 PM
At last, the corner Baby has been put in will finally rot away.
 
2014-01-11 05:22:45 PM
AH, YES, IS SHINING STAR OF RUSSIAN ACHIEVEMENT
 
2014-01-11 05:24:06 PM
I've had the time of my life....
 
2014-01-11 05:25:51 PM
Hey it can be rebuilt and we can put in MTV in every room.

Old lady overhearing that statement: Did he say LSD in every room?

Anyone knows that reference gets a cookie or a hug.
 
2014-01-11 05:26:18 PM
Same thing happened to the Nevele.... That's eleven spelled backwards...it was owned by eleven people. I knew the wife of one of the owners. Lovely lady who lived on Park Ave, on the Jewish side. Neil Sedaka lived in the same building. Whole floor apartments....kinda nice to see the insides of some of those places. I lived in a third floor walkup in Washington Heights at the time....
 
2014-01-11 05:26:58 PM

12349876: The reason why it's no longer king.
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More likely a unexpected consequence of civil rights legislation, since the Jews and Blacks can go to Disneyland and Augusta like normal people they don't have to support their own separate country clubs and resorts.
 
2014-01-11 05:29:01 PM

Sass-O-Rev: I'm always intrigued by photos of abandoned buildings, especially buildings that were iconic in their day. This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.


Have you seen this video yet? http://vimeo.com/18280328  The quality of the footage is incredible.
 
2014-01-11 05:36:58 PM
"Hello, Carol."
 
2014-01-11 05:51:03 PM
I'm more interested in Schrodinger's Cats Kill retreat.
 
2014-01-11 05:54:02 PM

Freschel: LSD in every room


Playing for Keeps
 
2014-01-11 05:54:23 PM

quatchi: Jackie Mason, Buddy Hacket, Joan Rivers, Jerry Lewis all played Grossinger's.

Wait, Jackie Mason is Jewish?


He started as Yacov Moshe Moaza. That name wouldn't fill seats in Tel Aviv.
 
2014-01-11 06:04:24 PM

astouffer: Sass-O-Rev: I'm always intrigued by photos of abandoned buildings, especially buildings that were iconic in their day. This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.

Have you seen this video yet? http://vimeo.com/18280328  The quality of the footage is incredible.


That was very cool. "Snotsicles" made me chuckle and the bridge stuff gave me vertigo. :D

Couple of books you may find interesting: Reliquary (and its prequel, Relic) by Preston and Childs (sci/fi horror novels), and "The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City", non-fiction, by Jennifer Toth.
 
2014-01-11 06:05:57 PM

billybobtoo: Same thing happened to the Nevele....


Oh my god, that instantly brought to mind the commercial that used to play all the time on the local NYC TV stations. And of course, by the wonders of the internet, you can still see it.

/"You can have it all, and it's up to you, at the Nevele..."
 
2014-01-11 06:06:16 PM
Nobody puts Grossinger in a corner!
 
2014-01-11 06:07:30 PM

Sass-O-Rev: This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.


The Transit Museum has tours of some of these places.
 
2014-01-11 06:07:38 PM
I remember Bobby Fischer trained here before his world championship match with Boris Spassky in Iceland.
 
2014-01-11 06:08:44 PM
Fun fact: my grandpa was a HS PE teacher/coach in the 30's-60's near NYC.

In the summers he would teach Jewish kids to play basketball at places like this in the Catskills.
 
2014-01-11 06:08:53 PM

12349876: The reason why it's no longer king.
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And now that we're making air travel a hellish experience for everybody, places like this will come back.
 
2014-01-11 06:09:13 PM

Sass-O-Rev: astouffer: Sass-O-Rev: I'm always intrigued by photos of abandoned buildings, especially buildings that were iconic in their day. This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.

Have you seen this video yet? http://vimeo.com/18280328  The quality of the footage is incredible.

That was very cool. "Snotsicles" made me chuckle and the bridge stuff gave me vertigo. :D

Couple of books you may find interesting: Reliquary (and its prequel, Relic) by Preston and Childs (sci/fi horror novels), and "The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City", non-fiction, by Jennifer Toth.


Agreed on Relic and Reliquary, but they should be read in that order. Also, pretend the movie version of Relic doesn't exist. Because it shouldn't.
 
2014-01-11 06:15:44 PM
I belonged to the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. We had our yearly conference at the Concord in (I knew it as Ellenville, NY, but Wikipedia says) Kiamesha Lake.

It was a dump in the early oughts. Colleagues told of having plaster fall on their heads in the rooms and mold in the bathroom. One year there was a fire but the layout of the conference still included the affected wing.... plywood, smoke and water damage, charred wood, and all.

VERY depressing environment. You could tell that it did used to be an awesome place, though.
 
2014-01-11 06:18:09 PM

a particular individual: I'm more interested in Schrodinger's Cats Kill retreat.


How about Homowack Lodge?
 
2014-01-11 06:19:36 PM

Mandapants: a particular individual: I'm more interested in Schrodinger's Cats Kill retreat.

How about Homowack Lodge?


NTTAWWT.
 
2014-01-11 06:28:19 PM
The food stunk and there wasn't enough of it.
 
2014-01-11 06:38:01 PM

Sass-O-Rev: I'm always intrigued by photos of abandoned buildings, especially buildings that were iconic in their day. This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.


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You'll love this. http://www.derelictlondon.com/

And this http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/abandoned-island-new-york-north-brot h er-island/
 
2014-01-11 06:43:52 PM

Fissile: Sass-O-Rev: I'm always intrigued by photos of abandoned buildings, especially buildings that were iconic in their day. This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.

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You'll love this. http://www.derelictlondon.com/

And this http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/abandoned-island-new-york-north-brot h er-island/


Thanks! I know little about London and less about derelict London, so this is a good resource for me. I know a little bit about North Brother Island, and will enjoy learning more!
 
2014-01-11 06:50:49 PM
This kind of paper brings back bad memories from my old FORTRAN class. Any pictures of punched cards?

galleries.gothamistllc.com
 
2014-01-11 06:52:11 PM

Sass-O-Rev: Fissile: Sass-O-Rev: I'm always intrigued by photos of abandoned buildings, especially buildings that were iconic in their day. This includes places like the NYC subway system. There are some amazing photos of the now-unused tracks and stations.

=============

You'll love this. http://www.derelictlondon.com/

And this http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/abandoned-island-new-york-north-brot h er-island/

Thanks! I know little about London and less about derelict London, so this is a good resource for me. I know a little bit about North Brother Island, and will enjoy learning more!


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Glad you like it.

Here a couple more:

Forgotten New York http://forgotten-ny.com/

Weird New Jersey (Yeah, I know, all of New Jersey is weird)  http://weirdnj.com/
 
2014-01-11 07:01:14 PM
I stayed there recently and the service was terrible
 
2014-01-11 07:12:48 PM

Kyle Butler: This kind of paper brings back bad memories from my old FORTRAN class. Any pictures of punched cards?

[galleries.gothamistllc.com image 640x424]


Yes I too admit it.  I even wrote some COBOL in college.

But I never compiled.
 
2014-01-11 07:18:51 PM
The rest of Sullivan County and nearby pretty much looks like that - but people are living in it.

Liberty, Monticello, plus the 209 corridor from Ellenville down to Port Jervis...it's a long hard stretch of yeeeesh. Hunter Thompson used to live in a shack in Cuddebackville back in the 50's, with no electricity. The shacks have electricity now and that's about the only difference.

Bethel Woods is very nice - SPAC for downstaters who don't want to go all the way to Saratoga for an outdoor concert. A few celebrities bought up some of the prettier property way out in the sticks. Some spots along route 97 on the Delaware are gorgeous and some second-homers live there.

The rest is either summertime Hasidim, gang farm teams, or abandoned.

By two years from now it'll be summertime Hasidim, gang farm teams, casino crowds, or abandoned - kind of like the Foxwoods/Mohegan area of eastern Connecticut, except with more mud, less history, and no seafood.
 
2014-01-11 07:25:38 PM
the architecture isn't that old, really.  when was it abandoned?
 
2014-01-11 07:26:01 PM

Kanemano: 12349876: The reason why it's no longer king.
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More likely a unexpected consequence of civil rights legislation, since the Jews and Blacks can go to Disneyland and Augusta like normal people they don't have to support their own separate country clubs and resorts.



I worked @  a Midwestern resort that was pretty similar. While it was in the '80s, the clientele (mostly from Chicago) was about 70% Jewish, 20% Italian...and 10% 'other'.

I was a diversity hire as the token WASP.
 
2014-01-11 07:29:31 PM

Harlow_B_Ashur: Kyle Butler: This kind of paper brings back bad memories from my old FORTRAN class. Any pictures of punched cards?

[galleries.gothamistllc.com image 640x424]

Yes I too admit it.  I even wrote some COBOL in college.

But I never compiled.


That's like never inhaled. Of course you compiled. Probably did some JCL, too.
 
2014-01-11 07:29:44 PM

Gulper Eel: The rest of Sullivan County and nearby pretty much looks like that - but people are living in it.

Liberty, Monticello, plus the 209 corridor from Ellenville down to Port Jervis...it's a long hard stretch of yeeeesh. Hunter Thompson used to live in a shack in Cuddebackville back in the 50's, with no electricity. The shacks have electricity now and that's about the only difference.

Bethel Woods is very nice - SPAC for downstaters who don't want to go all the way to Saratoga for an outdoor concert. A few celebrities bought up some of the prettier property way out in the sticks. Some spots along route 97 on the Delaware are gorgeous and some second-homers live there.

The rest is either summertime Hasidim, gang farm teams, or abandoned.

By two years from now it'll be summertime Hasidim, gang farm teams, casino crowds, or abandoned - kind of like the Foxwoods/Mohegan area of eastern Connecticut, except with more mud, less history, and no seafood.


My cousins lived right next to a "summer colony" about 20 minutes outside of Liberty. There definitely were some cultural differences. My mother lived in Port Jervis for a while and I would travel from Otsego County to go visit. You're right, 209 is an unbroken stretch of nothing, with a couple of terrifying crossroads over it.

/Livingston Manor FTW
 
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