Often I go to places where I do not want to be found. Abandoned places have long been inspiration for photographers for their residual storytelling energy.  Exploring them is not just a joy for the moment. They will become homes for you, spaces of solace and comfort, where you can close your eyes and go to. Nothing you experience will ever go away.

'The resort, Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel, began its life in the 1910s, and in its heyday was the fulcrum of the swirling midcentury vacation scene in the Catskills. It was a region where New Yorkers, predominately Jews, spent their summers in one of more than 500 hotels that thrived in the area. All are now gone.'

I had the opportunity to photograph the interior and exterior of scores of crumbling buildings on hundreds of acres with a walking (and crawling) tour with former Grossinger's musician/entertainer Steve Alden. 

Grossinger’s was considered the most glamorous of the Catskills’ resorts. It was visited by politicians and celebrities and was part of the inspiration of the movie, "Dirty Dancing"

There is talk of returning it to its former glory...


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