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Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. The new book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland , presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. The Borscht Belt presents a contemporary view of more than forty hotel and bungalow sites. From entire expanses of abandoned properties to small lots containing drained swimming pools, the remains of the Borscht Belt era now lie forgotten, overgrown, and vacant. Scheinfeld has two book events in Albany this week -- one at the Colonie Library tonight sponsored by SUNY Albany Judaic Studies and another on Friday evening as part of a special presentation for the NYS History Conference at the NYS museum from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

With his break-out debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction. His latest, A Gentleman in Moscow , tells the story of a Russian aristocrat who was sentenced by the Bolsheviks during the revolution to a lifetime of house arrest in Moscow's ​Metropol hotel.

Ground has been broken for a new hotel in a popular summertime Adirondack tourist town that's hoping to become a year-round destination.

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The fate of Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels remains in limbo: a court decision has been delayed. The two hotels became a blight on the town of Colonie and object of ongoing legal efforts to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate. The motels were closed last winter after authorities declared them uninhabitable. Owner Alex Patel, charged with hundreds of code violations for both structures, pleaded not guilty and is currently out of the...

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Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels regularly sheltered needy people who were receiving temporary housing assistance from Albany County. The hotels came to be associated with violence, drug dealing and prostitution. There's been an ongoing effort to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate. Although the Blu-Bell and Skylane were on a three-year inspection cycle, in the fall of 2013 someone fell through a floor at the Skylane, breaking several...

Today we'll speak with Jacob Tomsky about his book, Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality .

What is your worst (or most interesting) hotel experience?