The Borscht Belt Revisited III: December 2011…

Tamarack Lodge, Greenfield Park, NY

The Journey Continues…

When we finally left the Palms CC we continued on our journey to find the Tamarack Lodge and see if there was anything left there to shoot. Well, we were very lucky, as the hotel while in total disrepair, was still safe enough to enter and shoot.

The Main Entrance, Tamarack Lodge, Greenfield Park...

As you look at the image above of the Main Entrance to Tamarack, you can see two prominent buildings. The one on the left with the large glass windows houses the swimming pool

Swimming Pool, Tamarack Lodge...it's a lot bigger than it looks...

The building on the right houses the Casino. The casino is the entertainment center of the hotels and bungalows. It is where they have the evening entertainment, dances, bingo, etc… (Think Dirty Dancing).  In 2001, the Western Mohegan Tribe and Nation obtained the title for the Tamarack Hotel complex. There were signs indicating a Native American Museum was going to be located here but since 2001 little work has been done…

Teepee in the casino...

We went around to the back entrance of the hotel. We found these chairs ready to be discarded…

Chairs...Tamarack Lodge...

Chairs...Tamarack Lodge...

There are several buildings on the Tamarack property that housed guest rooms. Here’s  how they look today…

Room 204...Tamarack Lodge...

Guest Room...Tamarack Lodge...

Ghostly Image...Tamarack Lodge...

The Blue Bungalows…aka Tamarack Bungalows…

Just outside the Tamarack property we found the “Blue” Bungalow Colony. It was through this property that we were able to gain access to the Lodge. The bungalows were in pretty bad shape but from the newspapers and other things left behind it was clear that people had been “squatting”  here recently. Of course not all of inhabitants were able to get away…

The visitor who forgot to leave...

The cabins were all painted blue to go along with the colors of the lodge… My guess is that if you lived in one of these bungalows you were allowed access to the Tamarack facilities since there was no pool, lake, casino, etc…

Blue Bungalows 1...Tamarack Lodge...

Bench...Blue Bungalows 2...Tamarack Lodge...

Blue Bungalows 3...Tamarack Lodge...

I thank you for your positive comments and hope that these blogs have stirred some fond memories of better days in the Borscht Belt. This is the last blog from our trip. We look forward to returning soon, as there are so many places left to discover and shoot.

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12 thoughts on “The Borscht Belt Revisited III: December 2011…

  1. It’s amazing that all those buildings are just sitting there in decrepitude. Great find. Have a SAFE trip to Cuba and heed the you know what signs!

  2. I agree–these are the best, which means most disturbing images–decrepitude beyond decrepitude! It’s amazing how things are left so jumbled up and strewn around, as if someone were setting it up for you to come along
    and photograph the scene. That this is what’s left of such a vibrant, bygone era is so sad, and resounds in so many ways.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with in Cuba. Thanks for working so hard to share your images with us.

  3. The “blue” bungalow colony was called the paramount colony…it belonged to the tamarack, and there was a pool and casino there, but the summer guests used the tamarack pool and nightclub….on the other side of the hotel, on rt. 52 , was the homestead colony, which also belonged to the tamarack…though you didn’t post any pictures, they would have also been very depressing.

  4. On April 7th 2012, the Tamarack Lodge burned to the ground. The main building, the pool house, the casino, and some of the bungalows to the right the Lodge are now gone. The fire started at the main Lodge and quickly spread to the white bungalows and then acrossed route 52 to more bungalows on that side of the road. The condos behind the tennis courts are still standing as well as the blue bungalows.

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