The Borscht Belt Revisited II: December, 2011…

"The Hacienda"...Palms CC

Our Journey Continues…

So, we left the Bungalow Colony outside of the Pines Hotel and headed towards The Tamarack Lodge, which was one of the great hotels during the era we are talking about. But, as photographers, there are many other images available to us, so here’s a look at some of them.

After shooting the bungalows we crossed over a portion of Pleasure Lake which is located in South Fallsburg

Pleasure Lake rapids...

and continued on our photographic/memory journey.

Zeiger’s, El Dorado or The Palms CC…

The Swimming Pool @ The Palms CC...

After shooting the rapids, and almost falling in, we headed towards the Tamarack. But, there is soooo much to shoot here that our journey took several detours. We came upon the Palms CC which was also known as The El Dorado and Zeiger’s Hotel. We were unfamiliar with this hotel. We saw that  part of it is being used as a synagogue by an Hasidic Bungalow Colony located next door.

Once the Dining Hall/Casino...this building now serves as a Synagogue...

The swimming pool, long abandoned, is a great place to shoot if you can stand the smell of mildew and decay…

Swimming Pool, Palms CC...

No Lifeguard on Duty...

Swimming Pool, Palms CC...

Swimming Pool, Palms CC...

The main desk/reception area is looking for new customers…no takers here!

Main Reception area...

Mail room, Palms CC...

The main hall of the hotel has a wonderful fireplace and the remains of days past…

Kermit stayed at the Palms...

Did Mike Tyson train here? He did train in the Catskills, didn't he?

The rooms at the Palms may need a bit of tidying…

The Hacienda, Palms CC...

Will someone please call housekeeping?

Peeping into one of the rooms...

The Hallway in The Hacienda building...Is this considered a fire hazard?

Our journey continues in the next blog…I hope that you are enjoying these as much as I am in shooting, writing and posting. Your comments are always  appreciated…

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9 thoughts on “The Borscht Belt Revisited II: December, 2011…

  1. I do appreciate your efforts. But why so many depressing photos? I too miss the old days of the Concord and other hotels, but now at least we have Bethel Woods/Woodstock, Monticello Raceway, the lakes and waterfalls, great farmer’s markets, and some colonies are still in operation, for example, Morriss Cottages is now Hi-Lo in Kiamesha and we are OPEN!

    • Hi Marcia,
      Thanks so much for your comments. My blog “Decrepitude and other beautiful images…” focuses often on the beauty that can be found in destruction. It was not my intent to show depressing images, rather, I work hard to make the ‘ugly’ look good.
      I know what is still positive up in the Catskills. I’ve gone to these places and truly appreciate them. Also, it was not intended for the comment on the Orthodox Jews who now inhabit many colonies as a negative one. In fact, I envy there life up there. Just like I envy yours in Hi-Lo. I will, when in that area, check the place out.

  2. Has anyone ever realized it was central air conditioning that spelled the end of those carefree days in the Catskills. No longer did they have to flee the stifeling apartments for fresh air in the country. The bungalow colonies had a life of their own. Mountaindale was my home town. Worked at the Avon Lodge in Woodridge. Had our share of celebreties there too.

  3. I want to thank you for the photos of the zeiger.My family used to own it and I am just starting to do research on it.This is actually the second zeigler the first one burned down.In papers I just found today it mentions that ‘the new building has the spaciouness and convenience of a large and modern city hotel,and at the same time the advantages of country air and freedom’.It goes on to mention for those who want sport,there is rowing,fishing and bathing in the Neversink River,which is right behind the house.Than we have a large,airy and most beautiful dancing pavilion. Thanks again I hope that I get to find pictures of the place from the early 1900’s

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