Vanishing New York: Take the subway to the Catskills to revisit the legacy of what was once most famed resort destination in the world, the Catskills. Learn, or reminisce, about how New York’s bygone Borscht Belt helped shape American culture and history, including food and comedy, and films such as the classic Dirty Dancing.
This FREE lecture at the NYPL tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 3, showcases the stories behind the the majestic mountain houses of the nineteenth century and the glamorous mid-century hotels of the Borscht Belt, including Grossinger’s, the Concord, and the Nevele, the theaters and nightclubs, the lavish lobbies where bellhops welcomed celebrities, and the large dining rooms that served thousands of rich kosher meals each day.
Before many of these historic resorts were torn down for their real estate value and turned into McMansions or condo communities,
It’s an illustrated lecture by NYC author and architect Ross Padluck, based on his new book, “Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise” with Ross Padluck.
The free program is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the NYPL, across Fifth Avenue from the main branch guarded by those two stone lions. There are no reservations, so get there in enough time for a seat up front.
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