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Mar. 23rd, 2010 @ 06:08 pm ozymandias's vacation spot
Maybe I'm just on an abandoned places kick, but...oh, hell, I'm always on an abandoned places kick.

The Concord Resort Hotel in upstate New York, from the early 1950s to 1998, was once the swankiest resort hotels in the Borscht Belt. Spanning 2000 acres (how many football fields is that? lots of them), boasting a world-class golf course (which is still open today), several Olympic-sized swimming pools, a huge bar, riding stables (with both indoor and outdoor riding areas), an IMAX theater, an arcade, a reportedly amazing kosher restaurant, and a Disneyland-esque shopping district of gift shops, this place was the poshest vacation spot in the Catskills. And then the time came when "poshest vacation spot in the Catskills" no longer meant anything, and over the course of 30 years the resort slowly went bankrupt, and in 1998 things fell apart. And the resort was abandoned, and things continued to fall apart. And continued to fall apart. And continued to fall apart. And now, merely ten years after its closure, the huge, sprawling luxury resort is now a howling, decrepit ruin.

This is what the place looked like in 1998:



This is what it looks like now:



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As someone who left America around the time the hotel went bankrupt and came back six years later to find the country a different place, I WANT TO GO THERE SO BADLY.

(Anyone have a crowbar and a flashlight I could borrow for a weekend, just in case I come across any faceless nurses or man-eating beds?)

(edit) Curses! They demolished the last building in 2008. Now there isn't even a ruin to explore. RIP, Concord.
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From:virtualstar
Date:March 23rd, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Weird. I met with my grandfather at that hotel when I was six or so and played on the playground there. There's a home video (in fact, our only home video) of the afternoon I was there. I spent a lot of time that afternoon contemplating the differences between the Concord Hotel, concord grapes and the concord jumbo jet.

The kosher restaurant explains why we went there - my gandfather is a Jewish travel writer.

The Catskills are still posh in parts...
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From:erf_
Date:March 23rd, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
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What does it feel like, seeing the hotel transformed into a nightmare version of itself so many years later?
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From:virtualstar
Date:March 24th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
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That is better reflects my memories of the place? It was not a memorably good afternoon. At all. In other words, I actually remember it.
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From:kezinge
Date:March 24th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
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I've been thinking of going to the abandoned Pennsylvania turnpike sometime, maybe this summer. Wanna come?
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From:erf_
Date:March 24th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
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Yes.