Americana: The Story of Grossinger’s

Americana: The Story of Grossinger’s

Tania Grossinger’s childhood was the stuff of modern fairytales. Like a version of Kay Thomson’s Plaza Hotel-dwelling Eloise by way of “Dirty Dancing,” Grossinger grew up largely unsupervised at the famed Catskills hotel that shares her family’s name. She catalogs her exploits, many of which involve some combination of mischief and Borscht Belt celebrities, in “Growing Up at Grossinger’s” (Skyhorse Publishing), a memoir first published in 1975 and reissued this year.

Grossinger was born in Chicago in 1937, and at age 8 was whisked away to the Catskills by her mother, a member of the hotelier clan first by marriage and then, after her husband died, by economic necessity. In Tania’s telling, the “owner Grossingers” treated her and her mother, who took a job at the hotel, as second-class citizens — but that rarely interfered with her penchant for hijacking rowboats, intercepting guests’ budding romances and palling around with such celebrity visitors as Eddy Fisher, Rocky Marciano and Jackie Robinson.

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Concord racino deal has big payoff

Concord racino deal has big payoff
Developer would get hundreds of millions back from state on $1B investment in former Catskills resort
 
By JAMES M. ODATO, Capitol bureau
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First published: Friday, June 20, 2008
ALBANY — A Catskills developer planning to move the Monticello Raceway and build a bigger racino as part of a $1 billion investment in the former Concord resort would get hundreds of millions of dollars returned to him in a deal with the state.

A bill for a grand gaming and lodging facility, sponsored by majority members of the Senate and Assembly, is being readied for passage on Monday, the final scheduled day of this year’s session. It is unclear whether Gov. David Paterson will go along with it.

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Natural Gas Drilling Bill would notably impact Sullivan County

Bill would notably impact Sullivan County
Horizontal drilling wells would be allowed for first time in N.Y.



Adam Bosch

ALBANY — State lawmakers are pushing a bill that would set new spacing requirements for oil and gas drilling rigs, and amend state environmental law to allow horizontal drilling wells for the first time ever.

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That Country Air

That Country Air
By: Larry Gordon
Published: Thursday, June 19, 2008

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Bill would allow Catskill Park towns to remain in Hudson Valley Greenway

ALBANY – Legislation to permanently extend a law giving municipalities located within the Catskill Park the option of participating in the Hudson River Valley Greenway program has passed in the Assembly. It is sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill of Kingston. If this bill is not enacted by the end of the year, the towns of Denning, Olive and Woodstock will lose their status as Greenway Communities.

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NYRI touts economic benefits of power line

In an effort to convince hostile communities of its apparent benefits, the huge power line proposed for our region says it will pay some $37.2 million in property taxes.
New York Regional Interconnect recently sent a letter to counties, municipalities and school districts along its 190-mile route outlining the estimated millions in taxes and lower electric rates its says the 10-story-tall power lines would bring.
The eight counties that would be sliced by NYRI all oppose the power line.
But while NYRI touts property tax benefits, opponents have said the line would actually lower land values. NYRI has also asked the federal government for reimbursement for construction costs, which would be passed to ratepayers.

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Dirks: Vanishing brookies are a warning

A brook trout.


It’s Fathers Day weekend, and I’ve decided to fish for our local char, salvelinus fontinalis, or brook trout. There’s still some water, although now private, that has an exceptionally healthy population of wild brook trout roaming about it. That’s where my internal GPS wants me to go.

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