As resort staff that inspired ‘Dirty Dancing’ prepares to reunite — can the Catskills come back as well?

Caren Lissner
5 min readApr 22, 2019

Many are fascinated by the lore of the Borscht Belt/Catskill resorts in lower New York State, either because they stayed there as guests before the hotels’ eventual decline in the 1980s and 1990s, or because they’ve seen “Dirty Dancing” or the much-talked-about recent episode of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” As a child whose family stayed at the resorts in the 1980s before the fell into ruin — and who worked at the Concord briefly during the summer of 1990 — I remember a special…

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Caren Lissner

Author of nerdy novel CARRIE PILBY (film version‘s on Netflix). Finishing up offbeat memoir. Love dogs & puns. Read more: http://carenlissner.com.