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Seeking to Lure the Crowds Again. But Hold the Borscht


KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y. — Long before they became associated with borscht, the Catskills conjured images of fog-shrouded cliffs and rugged retreats, Rip Van Winkle and the Hudson River School of art.

Now, unfortunately, they evoke the past and present of Concord Road in Sullivan County. The Concord, once the largest hotel in the Catskills, with a dining room that seated 3,000, and, during the 1940s, a 35-piece orchestra performing Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, closed in 1998. A proposed $600 million entertainment, housing and gambling complex that is the latest plan to revive it exists only on paper. And for now, there is just a dismal, fenced-in expanse of rubble, brush and ghosts.

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