Feb 062014
 

homowack lodge

I’ve been slow to update this site for two reasons: 1) I have a very serious day job that takes up all of my time and 2) I keep tying my brain in knots by telling myself my research has to be extensive and my writing thorough. But then I realized something important, (a revelation that’s probably applicable to most things I drive myself mental over) which is NO ONE CARES. So, I’m still going to do extensive research on the places I really like, but I’m gonna phone it in like a boss on places I don’t particularly care about, like the Homowack Lodge.

homowack lodge

The unfortunately named Homowack Lodge was one of the many Borscht Belt resorts that were popular from the 1920’s- 1960’s, but declined in the 70’s and 80’s, when the popularity of resorts were replaced by cheap airfare to other places, seaside trips and private vacation homes. Homowack was a family resort before being turned into a day camp for Hasidic girls. The city forced it to close in 2009 for safety and health violations, such as toxic mold and faulty wiring.

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Some before/afters of Homowack:

The view of the dining room from the road:

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The bowling alley (which smelled like a thousand farts)

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One of the many bars:

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The main dining room with the recreation room and hotel rooms in the background:

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The  indoor swimming pool. Based on other photos, it appears  the area to the right was for lounging before it was turned into changing rooms, presumedly during the children’s day camp years because lord knows kids do not “lounge.”

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Alright, that’s it, I’M OUT. Later nerds, enjoy the rest of these mediocre photos:

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To see more photos, go to the flickr or imgur sets.

Disclaimer: If any information on this post is incorrect, if you have more info or would otherwise like to tell me something, feel free to contact me at juliajwertz(at)gmail(dot)com. 

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