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Borscht Belt Bungalows: Memoirs Of Catskill Summers Irwin Richman

Borscht Belt Bungalows: Memoirs Of Catskill Summers

Irwin Richman

Published June 10th 2010
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Kindle Edition
208 pages
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Every year between 1920 and 1970, almost one million of New York Citys Jewish population summered in the Catskills. Hundreds of thousands still do. While much has been written about grand hotels like Grossingers and the Concord, little has appearedMoreEvery year between 1920 and 1970, almost one million of New York Citys Jewish population summered in the Catskills. Hundreds of thousands still do. While much has been written about grand hotels like Grossingers and the Concord, little has appeared about the more modest bungalow colonies and kuchaleins (cook for yourself places) where more than 80 percent of Catskill visitors stayed.These were not glamorous places, and middle-class Jews today remember the colonies with either aversion or fondness. Irwin Richmans narrative, anecdotes, and photos recapture everything from the traffic jams leaving the city to the strategies for sneaking into the casinos of the big hotels. He brings to life the attitudes of the renters and the owners, the differences between the social activities and swimming pools advertised and what people actually received. He reminisces about the changing fashion of the guests and owners—everything that made summers memorable.The author remembers his boyhood: what it was like to spend summers outside the city, swimming in the Neversink, noodling around, and helping with the bungalow operation, while Grandpa charged the tenants and acted as president of Congregation Bnai.