Friday, January 06, 2017

Haunting Photos of Abandoned Catskills Hotels

In its heyday families went to have a rollicking good time in the Catskills in upstate New York. The bustling vacation hub known as the Borscht Belt was the place where many comedians got their start but by the mid-1960s was already entering a decline. First the family-run hotels disappeared, then the larger resorts. Photographer Marisa Schienfeld grew up in the Catskills in the 1980s and in 2010 she revisited the mountains to photograph what was left of the once vibrant playground.

Indoor Pool, Grossinger’s Catskill Resort and Hotel, Liberty, NY

Outdoor Pool at the Nevele Grande Hotel, Ellenville, New York

Guest Room, Grossinger’s Catskill Resort and Hotel, Liberty, New York

What started out as a photo series is now a book The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland.

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