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Catskill’s Resort Kutsher’s to be Demolished

Friday, May 16th, 2014

NEW YORK (JTA) – Kutsher’s, the fabled Catskills resort hotel, is set to be demolished later this month.

The 1,300-acre property near Monticello, N.Y., was sold last year for $8.18 million to Veria Lifestyle Inc., which plans to turn it into a health and wellness resort. Pre-demolition work already has begun with the clearing of trees and brush, and the buildings will be demolished in the next week or two, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Built in 1907 by brothers Max and Louis Kutsher, and taken over by the latter’s son, Milton, in 1946, Kutsher’s was the last of the Borscht Belt hotels in the Catskills. For decades it served up kosher food and (mostly kosher) entertainment to generations of Jewish New Yorkers. Legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach summered there, and NBA star Wilt Chamberlain worked as a bellhop. Chamberlain also was among the numerous basketball stars who played in the charity tournament held annually for former NBA player Maurice Stokes.

Veria, which is owned by the Indian media mogul Subhash Chandra, plans to build a spa and a 2oo-room hotel made of natural materials, according to the Herald-Record.

The other famed Jewish resort hotels in the Catskills have been sold off, demolished or, as in the case of Grossinger’s, abandoned and taken over by nature. Some of the smaller properties also have been repurposed by haredi Orthodox groups that use them as schools, camps or summer colonies.

Ritz-Carlton Opens Hotel in Israel, Rents Suite for $2,500 a Night

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Israeli hotels have literally gone ritzy with this week’s opening of the $175 million Ritz-Carlton hotel in Herzliya adjacent to Tel Aviv, on Sunday. Rooms are available anywhere from $300 to $2500 a night, and its restaurant is kosher.

The Waldorf Astoria won will follow suit with the opening of its luxury hotel between Jerusalem’s Old City and the downtown area.

“The Ritz-Carlton chain is happy to open its first hotel in Israel and provide its guests from all over the world the opportunity to enjoy the service whose name precedes it and the award-winning guest experience,” said Ritz-Carlton president Hervé Humler.

England… So Many Thoughts

Monday, June 17th, 2013

It’s 2:00 a.m. here in England. I’m leaving for the airport in just under 2 hours. I should be asleep…yeah, I’m not.

My shoulder is bothering me – that’s a whole post by itself, but the bottom line is that I need surgery to fix it and while the surgery itself isn’t completely complicated, the recuperation period is intense, complicated and a bit overwhelming at this point.

But more than my shoulder, England brings with it so many thoughts that I want to write about. I find it ironic that after not traveling much in my life, the two places I’ve arranged to visit are Rome and England – both have long histories connected with the Jewish people, both once ruled my land. In a sense, one took it away from us and the other was instrumental in the path that brought us back to it.

I need to sleep and then write. I need to post pictures – silly since they’re all on the web and even there likely more professional than I could have taken, but I want to, and so I’ll do that when I get back to Israel.

For now, I want to write about the hotels where I stayed here. I want to post pictures of the hotels as well – one in Manchester, one in London. I’ll write about the one in Manchester here because the one in London is the one that is more on my mind and I want to make it a full post.

So, for Manchester – all I can say is that I stayed in a really nice hotel – the Deansgate Hilton. It’s the tallest building in Manchester. I got a very good rate because I was attending a conference there. The people working at the hotel were wonderful, professional and kind. I didn’t get to the Manchester Jewish community area – hopefully if I ever find my way back to England, and I hope I do, I’ll try to get back to Manchester.

I did stop in the Rylands library – I hope I have that right. What an incredible building that is – magnificent. Before I left Israel, I hoped it would rain a lot while I was in England. Crazy, considering most people want sunshine for their vacation – I wanted the rain and amazingly enough…I think it rained every day I was here.

It poured on Shabbat here – literally to the point of hail falling. I walked (back to London again) for about 45 minutes – came back to the hotel completely and entirely soaked to the bone – it was glorious.

So next post – the hotel in London…

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