Catskill Resorts and 5 Sights in NYC Make a Bygone Tourist List
We all love the stories our grandparents tell about how things were back then. Mine always said things like “you should have seen it back then, it was amazing”. I have to admit they’re right about some of the places Science 101 has set up for their 57 bygone tourist attractions.
Their list includes places from all over the world. Some you might have heard of, some might not, but the ones in New York are definitely places you know. The list published by Science 101 cites 6 well-known places in New York, including one in the Hudson Valley.
It’s hard to believe that a place designed to be visited could be destroyed by the very tourist it was meant to welcome. But it turns out that visits can wear down a location. The result is that the place may still be there, but it is very different from what it was just a few decades ago.
New York sites on the list include the Statue of Liberty’s Torch, New York Racecourse, the original Penn Station, the Roxy Theater, and Rockaway’s Playland. New York’s 6th location is in the Hudson Valley and came in at number 35 on the list of 57, The Borscht Belt in the Catskills.
This video made by JPVideos shows the interior of what was left in 2018 of one of the Borscht belt’s most beloved spots, Grossinger’s Resort in Liberty New York. Also known as the Jewish Alps according to Science 101, these stations were in their prime from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Dirty Dancing, the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray brought the Catskills resort experience to the fore for a younger demographic who may have missed out on the best days of this type of resort.
I was fortunate enough to see Grossinger from the inside out in the mid-1980s when he still had his greatness. I was friends with a hotel manager who lived in the field. At that time, you could see that its popularity was waning, but its rich history was still present in the resort.
This same friend also saw the end of Falls View which is now Honor’s Haven and the Nevele Grand Hotel, two other Catskill resorts that saw the end of their run as resorts for people fleeing New York for the magnificent Catskills. . There are always ongoing efforts to bring back these places along with others that have fallen into disrepair.