Catskills Resort Hotel, gone but not forgotten! Want to go back?

The great Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees once said “The future isn’t what it used to be” and he was right.

There’s a place here in upstate New York that once attracted Hollywood stars, legendary athletes like Berra, comedy luminaries, and everyday people like you and me. More than 100,000 people visited this gem each year which inspired the 1987 film dirty dance. Today, this “Queen of the Catskills” is gone but not forgotten.

Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel in Liberty, NY wasn’t just one of the “Borscht Belt” resorts that flourished from the 1940s through the 1980s, some might say Grossinger’s was the best of the best. Over 1,000 acres including a golf course, airport, post office and 600-room hotel.

It was not uncommon to see Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Milton Berle and other celebrities at Grossinger. Some were there to play while others went because it was the place to be seen. The resort itself rose to fame in 1952 when it was the first resort to use artificial snow on its slopes.

YouTube.com – JPVideos

YouTube.com – JPVideos

Like all classic Catskills resorts, times have changed and business has suffered. As the 80s entered the 90s, air travel became more accessible and many young vacationers began to head to more tropical destinations and Grossinger closed in 1986.

The complex’s buildings were demolished in 2018, but before they were toppled, several “urban explorers” made their way inside what was left of Grossinger. Scroll through the images below to see what the complex looked like in its heyday and as well as “after” images, before demolition.

Abandoned Grossinger’s Catskills Resort “Before and After”

The only time “Queen of the Catskills” was abandoned from 1986 to 2018, when the remaining structures were demolished. Prior to this, video footage was captured by JP Videos and others. Here are some of Grossinger’s before and after photos in Liberty, NY.

Abandoned Nevele Resort, Ellenville, New York

ATTENTION: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so, you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

An abandoned lodge sits alone in the woods of New York

Legend has it that this holiday destination closed following a tragic car accident.

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