Originally posted by nordmann
Did you know that there are web sites of pictures of places like Grossingers and The Pines?
Here are some pages: http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten.com/grossinger_resorts.htm http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten.com/the_pines.htm
Whenever I see pictures like those, I think of all the people who have had honeymoons and family reunions there, and who have happy memories of those places. But now they just look so ghastly, like something left behind after a nuclear apocalypse.
You know, in Europe, they take care of their stuff instead of just abandoning it as soon as it becomes more profitable to go somewhere else to make money. It's no wonder so many Americans talk about feeling a sense of emptiness and alienation. How can you not feel disconnected when you can't go back to your favorite childhood places while the town where you grew up has been either devastated by a nearby regional mall or replaced by one built right on top of it?
Yes, I have explored and love those websites...(I've even signed the Grossingers "guest book" at the www.joe4speed.com
website...lots of former employees and hotel guests have signed the guest book online.. I've even re-connected with a few people , like Gina, a former front desk gal from Elmira. She lives in North Carolina now, and we've been sending nice e-mails back and forth. Have'nt seen her since 1980! (since I was a cocktail waitress at Grossingers. )
I also like the website www.classiccatskills.com..
and for shopping malls, I like www.deadmalls.com...(a
yes, it's a shame that it is so tough to "go back home" again..
lots of good stuff gets torn down... land gets too valuable, and developers buy it up, etc... we had a real fun place close down in the AC area, in Somers Point on the bay. It was called the "bubba mac shack"...
bands playing inside and out, good food, etc... they sold out to developers, and their new Ocean City location is very small, and seasonal..
One beautiful rare exception is my new friend . He's 60 years old, and when he visits his 91 year old mom in north Jersey, he actually stays in the same bedroom where he grew up. Pretty neat, plus I like a guy that treats his mom good!