Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld s photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York.The book assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year round havens for generations of people Some of the structures have been lying abandoned for periods ranging from four to twenty years, depending on the specific hotel or bungalow colony and the conditions under which it closed Other sites have since been demolished or repurposed, making this book an even significant documentation of a pivotal era in American Jewish history.The Borscht Belt presents a contemporary view of than forty hotel and bungalow sites From entire expanses of abandoned properties to small lots containing drained swimming pools, the remains of the Borscht Belt era now lie forgotten, overgrown, and vacant In the absence of human activity, nature has reclaimed the sites, having encroached upon or completely overtaken them Many of the interiors have been vandalized or marked by paintball players and graffiti artists Each ruin lies radically altered by the elements and effects of time Scheinfeld s images record all of these developments....
|Title||:||The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland|
|Publisher||:||Cornell University Press 1 edition October 4, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||200 pages|
|File Size||:||878 KB|
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The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland Reviews
I must preface this with a disclaimer: Marisa was a student of mine several years ago and I saw this project in its early stages. I am in awe of the final outcome. The book is hauntingly beautiful. Each images speaks volumes about the passage of time. What is remarkable is how Marisa has managed at once to be elegaic and yet celebratory, to evoke the sounds and crowds of the past and also the silent and desolate present. I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in the power of ruins, memory, and nostalgia. It's an American equivalent of Piranesi's engravings of the glories of ancient Rome and Nabokov's lyric "Speak Memory"
I should have paid closer attention to the cover as this book is entirely depressing. If you hold fond memories of the heydays of the Borscht Belt, this is not for you. Fading, pealing, collapsing still life photos of what were once laughter-filled family and romantic palaces of good times, this book is a compelling but sad reminder of days long past. Photos are exceptional, printing quality good, but the mood is likely going to send you scrambling for a Xanax.
I was disappointed by this book and the way it was laid out. The pictures are not labeled on each page. You must keep referring to the index to find out what hotel the picture is from. I would have enjoyed seeing photos comparing what is left now with the way they used to be
Very well done a narrated. The photos will bring tears to your eyes.
Ya gotta know the Borscht Belt to appreciate the depreciation of these once lavish Jewish resorts. They're decrepit now, but insets of old images recall the glitzy glory that was. Well worth the read... if you're interested; pointless if you've never been familiar with them or haven't been there.
What a wonderful illustrated book. I enjoyed every page.
beautiful book from the past borscht belt
If you live in the Catskills this is a must have coffee table book. Great photographs, fascinating history.