It Wouldn’t Be Summer Without the Catskills

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The Catskills’ status as a Jewish vacation mecca likely peaked in the 1950s — and the Exponent featured more than two full pages of advertisements for various resorts.

The legendary Grossinger’s was represented in a tiny ad (not pictured) announcing it was accepting “reservations for honeymoons and summer vacations,” but other resorts paid for larger ads.

Today, most of those resorts are defunct or exist in other forms.

For example, Nemerson now houses a girl’s yeshiva, according to an article in The New York Times.

The Grand Hotel closed in 1966, according to catskillarchive.com.

The Tamarack Lodge did last longer than most, as it adapted to the times: As the resort tried to appeal to a younger generation, entertainers such as Danny Kaye and Jerry Lewis were replaced by rock-and-rollers such as Cream, The Who and Janis Joplin, according to abandonedhudsonvalley.com.

A 1995 fire during Passover destroyed 300 rooms; the resort was closed by the local board of health in 2000. Another fire in 2012 destroyed 30 buildings on the property, which remains abandoned.

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Andy Gotlieb is the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent. He holds 31 years of experience in communications, mostly in journalism, with a decade in public relations, too. Prior newspaper stops include the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Tampa Tribune and the Philadelphia Business Journal. The first 17 years were spent in print journalism, where I covered, at various times, business, politics, crime and government, among other beats. The final 2.5 years in that stretch was an editor at the Philadelphia Business Journal, where my responsibilities included complete control over a weekly section and working with both staff writers and freelancers. In late 2005, I switched gears and began working in public relations for the next decade. I learned the ins and outs of public relations -- including being on the other side of the media-PR equation -- and made numerous contacts. I rejoined the ranks of journalism in March 2016, starting as the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent.

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