From the 1920s to the 1970s, New York City Jews flocked to Catskill resorts in the summer months to escape the stifling heat of the city. There were once over 500 resorts and hotels in the area, known as the “Borscht Belt“. Many famous comedians and entertainers got their start here. With increasing religious tolerance and the advent of widespread commercial airliners, many families chose to vacation elsewhere and dozens of these establishments now lay abandoned.
Some were re-purposed as condos, but those also failed. Many owners hope casinos will revive the area, while these magnificent structures slowly rot away. It’s surreal how many millions of dollars were sunk into these places over the years. Now it’s all just a faded memory.