The Forgotten Borscht Belt and The Summer Resorts of the Catskills
This video includes Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel and The Pines. I went past Kutsher's Hotel and Country Club but at this point it was 95% demolished except for a old small out building that still had the name painted on the side. (April 2015) Filmed with an DJi Inspire1 (Drone, uAV) Still Images on http://www.FilmByAir.com Some info on the Borscht Belt from Wiki: Borscht Belt hotels, bungalow colonies, summer camps, and קאָך-אַליינס kokh-aleyns (a Yiddish name for self-catered boarding houses, literally, "cook-alones") were frequented by middle and working class Jewish New Yorkers, mostly Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants and their children and grandchildren, particularly in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Because of this, the area was also nicknamed the Jewish Alps and "Solomon County" (a modification of Sullivan County), by many who visited there. Well known resorts of the area included Brickman's, Brown's Hotel, The Concord, Friar Tuck Inn, Gibber's, Gilbert's, Grossinger's, Granit, the Woodbine Hotel, the Heiden Hotel, Irvington, Kutsher's Hotel and Country Club, Lansman's, the Nevele, The Laurels Hotel and Country Club, The Pines Resort, Raleigh, Silverman's River View Hotel, Stevensville, Stiers, the Tamarack Lodge, and the Windsor Regency. Two of the larger hotels in High View (north of Bloomingburg) were Shawanga Lodge and the Overlook. One of the high points of Shawanga Lodge's existence came in 1959, when it was the site of a conference of scientists researching laser beams. The conference marked the start of serious research into lasers. The hotel burned to the ground in 1973. The Overlook remains in a different form, no longer functioning as it was in its heyday. The Overlook had entertainment and summer lodging through the late 1960s and was operated by the Schrier family. It included a main building and about 50 other bungalows, plus a five-unit cottage just across the street. Some of these hotels originated from farms that were established by immigrant Jews in the early part of the 20th century. The New York, Ontario & Western Railway served the area with passenger service from Weehawken, New Jersey, until 1948. The railroad was abandoned in 1957. Despite the improvement of travel routes such as the original New York State Route 17, the area is no longer a major travel destination. The decline of the Catskills resorts was apparent as early as 1965. As ethnic barriers in the U.S. declined and air travel to distant resort locations became more convenient and affordable, Jewish American families in New York City reduced their patronage of Catskills resorts; by the early 1960s, between a quarter and a third of Grossinger's annual visitors were non-Jewish guests. In the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960s, traditional resort vacations lost their appeal for many younger adults. Smaller, more modest hotels such as Youngs Gap and the Ambassador found themselves in a niche with a vanishing clientele and closed by the end of the 1960s. The 1970s took a toll on more lavish establishments such as the Flagler and The Laurels. In 1986 Grossinger's closed, and the property was abandoned by new owners midway through a demolition and rebuilding of the old resort. Any benefit gained by Grossinger's largest historic rival (and the largest of all the Borscht Belt resorts), the Concord, was ephemeral, as the latter filed for bankruptcy in 1997 and closed a year later. In 1987, New York's mayor Ed Koch proposed buying the Gibber Hotel in Kiamesha Lake to house the homeless. The idea was opposed by local officials. The hotel instead became a religious school, like many old hotels in the Catskills.
Moodna Viaduct Filmed with a UAV
The Moodna Viaduct is an iron railroad trestle spanning Moodna Creek and its valley at the north end of Schunemunk Mountain in Cornwall, New York, near the village of Salisbury Mills. The bridge was constructed between 1904 and 1908 by the Erie Railroad as part of the Graham Line and was opened for service in January 1909. The trestle spans the valley for 3,200 feet (975m) and is 193 feet (59 m) high at its highest point, making it the highest and longest railroad trestle east of the Mississippi River. The open design of the trestle was used to reduce wind resistance and is a major reason why the trestle is still in service today. The viaduct crosses Orrs Mills Road north of the creek and Otter Kill Road south of the creek. The Moodna Viaduct appears as a prominent feature in the 2007 film Michael Clayton (info from Wiki) Equipment used: DJi Inspire1 Stills on http://www.FilmByAir.com Music By: Little Vic
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Islanders Tribute before Renovation
Home of the NY Islanders from 1972 to 2015 Billy Joel will play the coliseum August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016, without the Islanders who are moving to The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.... Still Photos on http://www.FilmByAir.com
Aerial View of Jones Beach Amphitheater
Nice day for a cruise around Nikon at Jones Beach Theater or the Amphitheater... Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NikonJBT Still photos on http://www.FilmByAir.com Opened in 1952 as the Jones Beach Marine Theater, the venue originally had 8,200 seats and hosted musicals. More info on the Wiki...