A fire destroyed a building on the grounds of the long-closed Grossinger’s Resort, once one of the most famous and glamorous hotels in New York’s Catskills.
In its heyday after World War II, Grossinger’s attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers each year, many of them Jews. The resort had a 27-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, a nightclub, two kosher kitchens, and a 1,500-seat dining room. It attracted crooners like Eddie Fisher and was cited as the inspiration for the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
The fire broke out Tuesday night in a three-and-a-half-story building on the old hotel property. Firefighters who responded had to cut through a gate and were hampered by overgrowth and concrete barriers. According to a Facebook post from the Liberty Fire Department, an excavator demolished the building after the fire was extinguished.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the building had been used for, although Sullivan County fire coordinator John Hauschild said the main building was demolished about four years ago.
The cause of the fire was determined.
The former 812-acre resort is located approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of New York City.
Fisher not only made his debut at Grossinger’s, but married entertainer Debbie Reynolds there in 1955. Other big names to perform at the resort included Joel Gray and Leslie Uggams, as well as boxers Rocky Marciano and Jack Dempsey.
Grossinger’s operated for almost 70 years before closing in 1986 and suffered the fate of many local hotels after the area’s appeal faded. The site fell into disrepair due to efforts to rehabilitate it.
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