The Final Days of Kutsher’s Hotel and Country Club, an Abandoned Resort in New York

Kutshers-Hotel-and-Country-Club-abandoned (All images by Vintage Midcentury, reproduced with permission)

The last of the Borscht Belt resorts, the grand Kutsher’s Hotel and Country Club was one of the many holiday locations which opened in the Catskill Mountains surrounding the city of New York in the early 20th Century.

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The resorts of the Borscht Belt – also known as the Jewish Alps – provided a reprieve from the terrible living conditions which many Jewish people faced in New York at the time.

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Kutsher’s, which was family-owned and operated for over 100 years, was the largest of the resorts in the area and became a social epicentre for thousands of visitors during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Entertainment giants such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jerry Seinfeld were all regular performers in the resort’s heyday. The country club was also said to be the inspiration for the film Dirty Dancing.

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But as it became easier for holidaymakers from New York to travel abroad, Kutsher’s Hotel and Country Club saw fewer guests as the years went by.

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Dwindling visitor numbers as well as the death of owner Helen Kutsher in 2013 spelled trouble for the resort’s future. The property was sold in December 2013 and is now set to be demolished.

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