A sculpture from the old Catskills Hotel is salvaged for a future museum

THOMPSONVILLE — Workers used a crane Friday to hoist onto a flatbed truck a heavy relic from the heyday of the Catskills’ Borscht Belt: a sculpture that has stood for decades outside the old hotel Schenk’s Paramount.

The forgotten sculpture was recovered by a group that hopes to open a museum about the area’s history as a vacation paradise for New York’s Jewish families, who traveled to hundreds of resorts in the mountains each summer. mid-twentieth century.

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The summer camp administrator who operates where Schenk’s Paramount Hotel once stood has agreed to donate the concrete sculpture to museum planners, who intend to have it cleaned and restored to a temporary location in across from an old train station on Route 52 in Ellenville.

The next stop would be their longtime plan museum. Andrew Jacobs, one of the organizers, said Friday that his group plans to open the museum in Ellenville in the spring of 2023, and expects to announce the site in the coming weeks.

Schenk’s former resort site is on Heiden Road in the town of Thompson, Sullivan County, just north of Monticello and less than three miles from Resorts World Catskills Casino. The property is now Camp Shalva, which is run by the Bobov Hasidic movement.

Marisa Scheinfeld, a photographer who captured the tattered remains of the old hotels and bungalows of the Borscht Belt in a book from 2016and metal sculptor Zac Max led the effort to save Schenk’s sculpture.

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