The Catskills

Written By Stephen M. Silverman
The Catskills
  • Publsiher : Knopf
  • Release : 27 October 2015
  • ISBN : 1101875887
  • Pages : 464 pages
  • Rating : 5/5 from 1 reviews
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Read or download book entitled The Catskills written by Stephen M. Silverman which was release on 27 October 2015, this book published by Knopf. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: The Catskills (“Cat Creek” in Dutch), America’s original frontier, northwest of New York City, with its seven hundred thousand acres of forest land preserve and its five counties—Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, Ulster, Schoharie; America’s first great vacationland; the subject of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School paintings that captured the almost godlike majesty of the mountains and landscapes, the skies, waterfalls, pastures, cliffs . . . refuge and home to poets and gangsters, tycoons and politicians, preachers and outlaws, musicians and spiritualists, outcasts and rebels . . . Stephen Silverman and Raphael Silver tell of the turning points that made the Catskills so vital to the development of America: Henry Hudson’s first spotting the distant blue mountains in 1609; the New York State constitutional convention, resulting in New York’s own Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and its own constitution, causing the ire of the invading British army . . . the Catskills as a popular attraction in the 1800s, with the construction of the Catskill Mountain House and its rugged imitators that offered WASP guests “one-hundred percent restricted” accommodations (“Hebrews will knock vainly for admission”), a policy that remained until the Catskills became the curative for tubercular patients, sending real-estate prices plummeting and the WASP enclave on to richer pastures . . . Here are the gangsters (Jack “Legs” Diamond and Dutch Schultz, among them) who sought refuge in the Catskill Mountains, and the resorts that after World War II catered to upwardly mobile Jewish families, giving rise to hundreds of hotels inspired by Grossinger’s, the original “Disneyland with knishes”—the Concord, Brown’s Hotel, Kutsher’s Hotel, and others—in what became known as the Borscht Belt and Sour Cream Alps, with their headliners from movies and radio (Phil Silvers, Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, et al.), and others who learned their trade there, among them Moss Hart (who got his start organizing summer theatricals), Sid Caesar, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Joan Rivers. Here is a nineteenth-century America turning away from England for its literary and artistic inspiration, finding it instead in Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and his childhood recollections (set in the Catskills) . . . in James Fenimore Cooper’s adventure-romances, which provided a pastoral history, describing the shift from a colonial to a nationalist mentality . . . and in the canvases of Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederick Church, and others that caught the grandeur of the wilderness and that gave texture, color, and form to Irving’s and Cooper’s imaginings. Here are the entrepreneurs and financiers who saw the Catskills as a way to strike it rich, plundering the resources that had been likened to “creation,” the Catskills’ tanneries that supplied the boots and saddles for Union troops in the Civil War . . . and the bluestone quarries whose excavated rock became the curbs and streets of the fast-growing Eastern Seaboard. Here are the Catskills brought fully to life in all of their intensity, beauty, vastness, and lunacy.

The Catskills

The Catskills
  • Author : Stephen M. Silverman,Raphael D. Silver
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Total pages : 464
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : The Catskills (“Cat Creek” in Dutch), America’s original frontier, northwest of New York City, with its seven hundred thousand acres of forest land preserve and its five counties—Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, Ulster, Schoharie; America’s first great vacationland; the subject of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School paintings that captured ...

The Catskills in Vintage Postcards

The Catskills in Vintage Postcards
  • Author : Irwin Richman
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Total pages : 128
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication. Many of the postcards produced during this "golden age," and even some from later years, can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of ...

The Catskills Alive

The Catskills Alive
  • Author : Francine Silverman
  • Publisher : Hunter Publishing, Inc
  • Release Date : 2009-09-02
  • Total pages : 493
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : Less than a day's drive from New York City, Boston or Philadelphia, the Catskills have long been a popular weekend and summer retreat for city folk. The area offers fine accommodations, top-notch dining and spectacular surroundings. This book profiles hundreds of hotels and restaurants, with an emphasis on the very ...

Folk Songs of the Catskills

Folk Songs of the Catskills
  • Author : Norman Cazden,Herbert Haufrecht,Norman Studer
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1982-01-01
  • Total pages : 650
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Summary : Traditional songs from the Catskill area of New York State are accompanied by detailed discusssions of their roots, development, musical structure, and subject matter...

50 Hikes in the Catskills First Edition Explorer s 50 Hikes

50 Hikes in the Catskills  First Edition   Explorer s 50 Hikes
  • Author : Derek Dellinger,Matthew Cathcart
  • Publisher : The Countryman Press
  • Release Date : 2017-06-13
  • Total pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : The essential guide to hiking the majestic Catskill Mountains With soaring mountain tops and wide-ranging trails, the Catskills offer a truly special hiking experience to travelers of all kinds. Catskill veterans Derek Dellinger and Matthew Cathcart explore trails for every level of hiker, from the gentle but breathtaking slog up ...

In the Catskills

In the Catskills
  • Author : Phil Brown
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-04-01
  • Total pages : 415
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : With selections from Isaac Bashevis Singer, Allegra Goodman, Moss Hart, TaniaGrossinger, and many others, this volume is a tribute to the legendary Jewishresort area of the Catskills. 40 halftones. 26 figures....

The Catskills

The Catskills
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1973
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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The Catskills

The Catskills
  • Author : Alf Evers
  • Publisher : Overlook Press
  • Release Date : 1982
  • Total pages : 831
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Summary : A study of the colorful history and legends of the Catskills provides insight into the forces that have influenced its development...

The Catskills

The Catskills
  • Author : John G. Mitchell
  • Publisher : Penguin Putnam
  • Release Date : 1977
  • Total pages : 112
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Beyond the Catskills

Beyond the Catskills
  • Author : Lance Jonathan Sussman
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Total pages : 40
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Walks in the Catskills

Walks in the Catskills
  • Author : John Bennet,Seth Masia
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1974
  • Total pages : 203
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : Background information on the area accompanies detailed descriptions of hiking trails in the Catskill Mountains ranging in length and difficulty from one-day excursions to week-long backpacking treks...

Twilight Park in the Catskills

Twilight Park in the Catskills
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1897
  • Total pages : 16
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The Legend of Utsayantha and Other Folk lore of the Catskills

The Legend of Utsayantha and Other Folk lore of the Catskills
  • Author : Arnold Hill Bellows
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1945
  • Total pages : 122
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : Download or read online The Legend of Utsayantha and Other Folk lore of the Catskills written by Arnold Hill Bellows, published by which was released on 1945. Get The Legend of Utsayantha and Other Folk lore of the Catskills Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....

The Catskills

The Catskills
  • Author : Kenneth Myers
  • Publisher : Hudson River Museum
  • Release Date : 1987
  • Total pages : 205
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IN THE CATSKILLS SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF JOHN BURROUGHS

IN THE CATSKILLS SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF JOHN BURROUGHS
  • Author : CLIFTON JOHNSON
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1910
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 1101875887
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Summary : Download or read online IN THE CATSKILLS SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF JOHN BURROUGHS written by CLIFTON JOHNSON, published by which was released on 1910. Get IN THE CATSKILLS SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF JOHN BURROUGHS Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle....