Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel

September 5, 2016 – Liberty, NY

Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel was a resort in the Catskill Mountains in the Town of Liberty, New York. One of the largest Borscht Belt resorts, it was a kosher establishment that catered primarily to Jewish clients from New York City. After decades of activity and notable guests, it closed its doors in 1986.

In 1952, Grossinger’s earned a place in the history of skiing as the first resort in the world to use artificial snow. In 1972, the hotel had grown to 35 buildings on 1,200 acres that served 150,000 guests a year. It had its own airstrip and post office. During his fighting days Rocky Marciano would train at the resort. Elizabeth Taylor got married there and Jackie Robinson vacationed there. Unfortunately in the late 1970s and 1980s, resorts like Grossinger’s could no longer attract younger guests. In 1986, the Grossinger descendants sold the property. Grossinger’s main hotel and main resort areas closed in 1986, but the golf course is still open as of 2016.

Today, what is left of it sits in ruin and decay. Any semblance to yesteryear was stripped away long ago. It is a place of curiosity and a haven for urban explorers. There’s not much left to see as the place has been pillaged of anything of value or what may have been souvenirs. The tall grass and weeds have enveloped the roads and walkways that once paved the way around the property. The buildings that remain standing have been left to rot and and most are not safe to wander through. Nevertheless below are some images that were captured in September of 2016.

I added an image from Google Maps and numbered the areas that were photographed.

aerial view

aerial view

The guard booth is the first thing you see coming up the driveway with the Jennie G. wing just beyond it.

guard booth

guard booth

  1. First up is the Lyman Building. I believe it was named after Abe Lyman, a popular bandleader from the 1920s to the 1940s. It is top center on the map above.
    Lyman Building

    Lyman Building

    Lyman Building

    Lyman Building

    Lyman Building

    Lyman Building

    Lyman Building

    Lyman Building

    2. I believe that this is the main house.

    main house

    main house

    These shots were taken from the rear of what I assume is the main house.

    main house

    main house

    main house

    main house

    main house

    main house

    3. The power plant.

    power plant

    power plant

    Click on the ensuing images to enlarge.

4. The Paul G. wing.

Paul G. wing

Paul G. wing

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5. The conference center.

conference center

conference center

6. The Jennie G. wing.

Jennie G. wing

Jennie G. wing

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More images from the Jennie G. wing captured from the front.

Jennie G. wing - lobby entrance

Jennie G. wing – lobby entrance

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7. The Natatorium – which is the indoor pool area.

indoor pool

indoor pool

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8. The Joy cottage.

The Joy cottage

The Joy cottage

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So there you have it, what once was the crown jewel of the Catskills is now nothing but a mass of rot and decay. The bones have been picked clean and the rest has been reclaimed by nature. I hope that you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to follow my blog so you don’t miss any future posts. Until next time folks……..

One thought on “Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel

  1. I worked there for 12 years 1968 – 1981 under Mike Farkas pool and health club manager. the hotel was a home for me .looking back it was one the best experiences in my life. i met many friends. seeing those pictures of those destroyed rotting buildings make me want to cry.i personally knew the owners and their families and I can only imagine what they felt. Paul Phillips

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